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With 2016 drawing to a close, we asked our children's library staff to share their favorite books of the year. The response we got was phenomenal. Our library staff love to read nearly as much as they love helping families find the perfect book!

Sharing is also a favorite activity of ours, so here is every single title that made us do the happy dance this year, starting with the books that received multiple recommendations:

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Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Find this book at your library

Recommended by:
Chris, Mobile Library Service
Courtney, North Park Library

Picture Book. A family car trip takes a turn for the interesting in this gorgeous picture book. Perfect for every child who has asked "Are we there yet?" (Preschool-Grade 3)

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School is in full swing and assignments are rolling in. Whether the project is due tomorrow or you've got plenty of time we've got you covered.

We'd like to introduce you to two of our premium resources that will help you and your student when doing research for papers and projects. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_world-book-logo.jpgThe first is one you've probably heard of, The World Book Encyclopedia. The online version provides the same level of coverage you will find in print plus lots more. You will find three different encyclopedias: Early World of Learning for preschool learners, Kids for early elementary students and Student for everyone else. There are also some extras! Timelines that introduce important dates/people in a wide range of studies and Discover which separates subjects into topics for a more browsable experience. They even have a Spanish version, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazogs

No matter which option you choose, there will be great information. Maps, illustrations, videos and more! Let The World Book Encyclopedia be one of the first places you visit when starting a report or project.  

b2ap3_thumbnail_eLibrary_icon.gifThe second resource you will want to investigate is eLibrary. It offers a wide range of materials that will help with any research project. Full-text newspapers and magazines from around the world, transcripts from television and radio programs, reference books, maps, pictures and even audio/video recordings. It even has a Topics section where a wide-ranging set of resources has been grouped by specific topics. This is just the beginning of what you can find at eLibrary! It's practically one-stop-shopping for research papers. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_BirdingKit---1.pngb2ap3_thumbnail_BirdingKit---4.pngHCPL is adding Birding Backpacks. These activity bags check out for 14 days and are designed to introduce young children to the joys of birdwatching. They are being made available for checkout throughout the month of October.

Each backpack contains:

  1. Pair of child-size binoculars
  2. Assorted picture books about birds and birdwatching
  3. Easy-to-use field guide of Eastern birds 
  4. Laminated activity cards

Looking for more opportunities to learn about your natural surroundings?  Check out a Nature Backpack, too.

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Trophy Challenge Winners!

It's time to announce the winners of the Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! 

The winning schools are listed below.

How did your school do? (Schools are grouped by their nearest Henrico County Public Library Location.)

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

 Adams  Gayton  Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

 Trevvett  Longdale  Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

 Maybeury  Kaechele  Mehfoud

The final standings can be seen here.

Thank you to everyone who participated! We hope you had a good summer and enjoyed everything you read. 

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Trophy Challenge Update: One Week Left!!


We've got another Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! 

The leading schools are listed below.

How is your school doing? (Schools are grouped by their nearest Henrico County Public Library Location.)

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

 Adams Nuckols Farm Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Longdale Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Davis Kaechele Mehfoud

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is one week left in the challenge so be sure to record how many days your read and the programs you attend.

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