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The American Library Association has released its list of Youth Media Award winners! There are a lot of good books you may want to check out so we wanted to save you some time and provide links to some of those books in our catalog. We've also got a list of many of them in our eBook collection!

Hope you will enjoy reading these great titles! 

John Newbery Medal

The most outstanding contribution to children's literature.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly Barnhill

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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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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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Child Care Provider Trainings

Workshops for child care providers are offered monthly at various library locations, from September to May during weekday evenings. Participants earn 1.5 continuing education credit hours per workshop. Registration is free and must be done online with a Henrico County Library card. Please note that each provider must register with their own library card. If you do not have a Henrico County Public Library card, please apply with your photo ID at one of our branches.

Only a few weeks left in the Trophy Challenge! How's your school doing?


We've got another Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! 

There have been three leader changes since the last 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 are a little over two weeks left in the challenge so be sure to how many days your read and the programs you attend.

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Summer Reading Club Finales

The Summer Reading Club finish line is in sight! We'll help you celebrate crossing it with music, magic, movies and more! 

Ninja Training
Thursday, August 11, 1 pm – Gayton
Want to be a ninja? Join us for this training session where we will practice ninja skills like stealth and throwing. Bring your imagination and your favorite ninja costume! 

Chris Campbell
Saturday, August 13, 10:30 am – Varina
Saturday, August 13, 2:30 pm – Tuckahoe
Fun with local musician and ventriloquist Chris Campbell.

Monsters University
Saturday, August 20, 10 am – Sandston
Watch Monsters University on our big screen and play games!

Kim & Jimbo
Saturday, August 20, 2 pm – Glen Allen
Enjoy the music of Kim and Jimbo! Made possible by the Virginia Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. 

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The Halfway Goal drawing for a 4-pack of tickets to Kings Dominion is Monday!

Kids and Teens!

If you have logged at least 10 days of reading this summer you have automatically entered into Monday's drawing for a 4-pack of tickets to Kings Dominion

If you haven't logged those 10 days yet there's still time! Select one of the buttons below and log your reading!

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It's time for another Trophy Challenge Update!


It's time for another Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! 

There have been a few changes since the last 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 Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Longdale Sandston

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Kaechele Ward

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to how many days your read and the programs you attend.

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter O!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Halfway through summer reading!

It's the midpoint of summer, have you met the summer reading Halfway Goal?

If you have read for at least 1 day, you have earned a frisbee-style flying disc! Come in to your library to pick one up while supplies last.

And kids and teens — you have an extra reason to log your reading online. Enter ten days of reading by August 1, and you’ll be entered into your library’s drawing for a 4-pack of tickets to Kings Dominion!

Log your reading now and visit your library for your disc as soon as you can. 

Happy Reading! 

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Second Trophy Challenge Update


It's time for the second Elementary School Trophy Challenge update of 2016! 

There has been only one change since the last 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

Maybeury Colonial Trail Ward

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to how many days your read and the programs you attend.

We will post the next update in a few weeks! Who will be leading then? Stay tuned! 

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter N!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Ready, Set, Polka!

Get up and move to the happy sounds of polka music featuring Uncle Mike and his Pint Size Polkas! This engaging and interactive program features a multitude of dance opportunities, including special polka versions of the "Hokey Pokey," the "Chicken Dance," and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." Fun for all ages!

Tuesday, July 19, 10:30 am - Libbie Mill
Tuesday, July 19, 2:30 pm - Tuckahoe 
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 pm - Gayton
Wednesday, July 20, 10:30 am - North Park
Wednesday, July 20, 2:30 pm - Twin Hickory
Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 pm - Glen Allen
Thursday, July 21, 10:30 am - Varina 
Thursday, July 21, 2:30 pm - Fairfield
Thursday, July 21, 6:30 pm - Sandston

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First Trophy Challenge Update for 2016!


It's time for the first Elementary School Trophy Challenge update of 2016! This year we have grouped schools by their nearest Henrico County Public Library location. The leading schools are listed below. How is your school doing?

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Nuckols Farm Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Chamberlayne Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Colonial Trail Ward

The complete standings can be seen here. 

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to how many days your read and the programs you attend.

We will post the next update in a few weeks! Will these schools be leading then? Stay tuned! 

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter M!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Summer Reading Club Kickoffs

Let the Henrico County Public Library help your family keep in reading shape this summer! 

We've got some special guests to help us kick off the Summer Reading Club!

Enjoy some baseball stories and take part in baseball crafts and activities while getting the chance to meet either Nutzy or Flying Squirrels players (depending upon availability). 

Monday, June 27, 10:30 am - Sandston
Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 am - North Park
Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 am - Glen Allen
Friday, July 8, 10:30 am - Gayton

Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move, and soar while telling you a series of stories that will energize your summer. Throw on your lab coat and get ready to experience the science of power and energy! This spectacular adventure is sure to have you laughing, learning and having fun.

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2016 Elementary School Trophy Challenge

The annual Elementary School Trophy Challenge is back!

What is the Trophy Challenge?

It is a contest between all Henrico County's Elementary schools. The schools with the highest percentage of students who meet the Summer Reading Club's reading goal get a big shiny trophy with a brass plate engraved with their school's name to display during the school year.

How does it work?

  1. Henrico County Public School elementary students sign up for the Summer Reading Club.
  2. They log the number of days they read throughout the summer.
  3. The school with the highest percentage of finishers (having read at 20 minutes on at least 20 days) will receive a trophy to keep on display for one year. 

We will track progress during the summer and share this with the club participants through email and other methods.  We hope that with this added incentive, we can encourage even more students to participate and finish the summer reading club, and experience the joy of reading as a lifelong pursuit. 

Schools By Library

We've changed how the trophies will be awarded this year. Schools will be grouped by their nearest Henrico County Public Library location. That means more trophies!!

In addition to the trophies, each winning school will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card valued at $50 for the school library.

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter L!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter K!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter J!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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An afternoon with Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago on April 23, 1616 and many people and organizations are celebrating his life this year in many ways. We celebrated it by going back in time and bringing him to 2016 so we could meet him and get to know him better.

We've got proof! The video below is from April 23, 2016 at the Tuckahoe Library. Take a look! 

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The votes are in and we have winners in the 7th Annual Twin Hickory Lego Contest. Thank you to everyone who participated and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who submitted an entry. There were so many good ones! 

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter I!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Metamorphosis at Libbie Mill Library

Our Painted Lady butterflies are emerging from their chrysalises!  After a couple of weeks of anticipation, lots of questions and some excellent shared patron stories of their own experiences with a butterfly kit, four pupae have transitioned into their glorious fourth stage and are making us proud!

Join us on Earth Day in the Children’s Department at Libbie Mill for a Butterfly Release Party on Friday, April 22nd, directly following our Plant a Seed program at 2:30 (weather permitting – we can’t set our beauties free in the rain.)  A special craft and some fun games are also on the celebratory agenda… 

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter H!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter G!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Seuss Madness - The Winner!

The top Dr. Seuss book remains a mystery. Our recent Seuss Madness Final between Green Eggs and Ham and The Lorax resulted in a tie.

We apologize to all of you Dr. Seuss fans who were hoping for some closure on this long-standing question.

Our advice to you: go out and re-read these classics and form your own conclusion.

We want to thank all of you who voted and helped us celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and his wonderful books.

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American Girl Dolls at Libbie Mill Library!

On Monday March 28th, the first day of Spring Break, we will begin a pilot project that will involve lending American Girl ® dolls for in-library use at our Libbie Mill Children's Reference Desk.

This is your chance to have your own historic adventure with a pint-sized friend!

Available dolls include:

ADDY WALKER (1864)

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Seuss Madness Finals!!

Seuss Madness continues!!

It's time for the Finals!! Pick your favorite Dr. Seuss book below!

Finals voting will continue until Tuesday, March 29; The the winning book will be announced Wednesday, March 30.

 

Are there some Dr. Seuss books you still want to read? Find them in our Catalog.

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We apologize for the delay in our Lit Bits video series and want to thank the folks who have patiently waited for: The Letter F!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Seuss Madness Semifinals!!

Seuss Madness continues!! The voting is in for Round Two and there are four books left.

It's time for the Semifinals!! Pick your favorite Dr. Seuss books below!

Semifinal voting will continue until Tuesday, March 22; The finalists will be announced Wednesday, March 23.

 

Are there some Dr. Seuss books you still want to read? Find them in our Catalog.

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Seuss Madness Round Two!!

Seuss Madness continues!! The voting is in for Round One and we've paired off the winners.

It's time for Round Two!! Pick your favorite Dr. Seuss books below!

Round Two voting will continue until Tuesday, March 15; Round Two winners will be announced Wednesday, March 16.

 

Are there some Dr. Seuss books you still need to read? Find them in our Catalog.

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Seuss Madness Round One!!

Let the SEUSS MADNESS begin!! Voting for Round One is open. Pick your favorite Dr. Seuss books below!

Round One voting will continue until Tuesday, March 8; Round One winners will be announced Wednesday, March 9.

 

Are there some Dr. Seuss books you still need to read? Find them in our Catalog.

 

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For the month of March, all Henrico County Library branches are accepting diaper donations. These diapers will go to the Capital Diaper Bank for distribution to “infants, toddlers and their families who are experiencing a financial crisis due to homelessness, medical challenges, hospitalization and disasters.”  Your donations should be new, preferably still in original packaging.

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Readers who enjoy the "I Survived" series by Lauren Tarshis will gobble up the "Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales" collection.  For grades 3-7, a fictionalized Nathan Hale tells the truth about noteworthy events. The graphic format animates in a way that encourages further exploration. Current topics include Harriet Tubman, the Donner Party, the Monitor and Merrimac, World War I battles, and of course, the author's historical namesake.  The story of the Battle of the Alamo is coming out in late March!

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Seuss Madness!

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with
Henrico County Public Library’s SEUSS MADNESS!!!

Our librarians have scoured over countless lists to rank the 16 most popular Dr. Seuss books.  We will match-up these books using an NCAA March Madness approach and you’re invited to help us decide once and for all which Dr. Seuss book is the most beloved!

Voting will begin on Wednesday, March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Visit www.henricolibrary.org/seussmadness to cast your votes.

 

Before you vote, visit your Henrico County Public Library to borrow the books and reacquaint yourself with the magic of Dr. Seuss:

  1. Green Eggs and Ham

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Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids offers amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Reputable, authoritative, and age-appropriate content for young students brings them the world in a way they've never seen it before. Includes National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo), 200 National Geographic Kids books, and kid-friendly, downloadable images. If prompted for a password, use your library card number.

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I can and I will.

Peek at these titles that underscore that perseverance and ingenuity pay off.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Juv Bio Liston) by Russell-Brown, Katheryn - learn about a young musician who grew up to play, write, and arrange music with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Quincy Jones; often she was the only girl in the band; as a a master musician, her music took her across America and the world

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (Juv Bio Yeboah) by Thompson, Laurie - this child from Ghana was born with one leg, yet he became long distance cyclist; so renowned for his grit, he eventually carried the Olympic torch, and became an advocate for the rights of the disabled; his message, disability does not mean inability

New Shoes (Easy) by Meyer, Susan - enterprising gals Ella Mae and Charlotte launch their own used shoe store after they were unjustly prevented from trying shoes on in a store during segregation

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Enter to Win - Richmond Symphony Lollipops Tickets

Do you like Green Eggs and Ham?

If you suspect that you might, you will definitely love the Richmond Symphony's musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s classic.

The Richmond Symphony has generously donated a set of four tickets to the show (part of their Union Bank & Trust LolliPops series) and you could win them! All you need to do is fill out our ENTRY FORM and drop it off at any Henrico County Public Library by Saturday January 23rd. Winners will be selected by a random drawing and notified on Tuesday January 27th.

You can also enter by visiting our Facebook page and looking for our post on Green Eggs and Ham. Reply or Like our post and we will include you in the drawing.

Limit one entry per person. Regular ticket prices $11 – $17. Concerts are ideal for children ages 5 and up. Visit RichmondSymphony.com for performance details.

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Youth Book Awards Announced!

The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards this morning at 8 am EST. Awards included the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book, the Newbery Medal for best book for children, the Geisel Award for best beginning reader and the Robert F. Sibert Medal for the best informational book.

Put a hold on one of these award winners today!

For a full list of ALA Youth Media Award winners, including Honor Books, visit the Association for Library Services to Children's website here.

Newbery & Caldecott winners 1986-2016

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Our library staff love, love, love to read!! We have pulled together a list of some of the children's titles they were reading and loving in 2015. The first four titles were on more than one staff members top reads of the year!

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Title: Night Animals
Author: Gianna Marino
Find this book at your library

"Hilarious possum. His expressions are priceless." - Melinda G., Glen Allen Branch Library

 

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter E!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Since 1942, Henrico Christmas Mother has provided food, new clothes, toys, books and other gift items to Henrico families with children, seniors age 65+ and disabled adults during the holiday season. The volunteer Council Members work year round to ensure each program recipient enjoys a shopping experience characterized by choice and dignity. Volunteers will be setting up the warehouse and helping recipients shop for their families from December 3rd through December 17th.  To make an online donation, visit www.henricochristmasmother.org.  To sponsor a family, contact Chair Betsy Foster 804-501-5538 or mbfosterva@yahoo.com.

 

 

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Healthy Media Habits

Technology has been recognized as a valuable part of the early education framework. Touch-screens have made digital media truly interactive as never before. That being said, there are a number of technology pitfalls that surround kids and families every day.

The Henrico County Public Library is happy to recommend a handful of Healthy Media Habits to help our families navigate the tricky world of technology:

Make a Media Plan

Get your whole family on board with a technology plan. Setting limits on family tech can help you make sure everyone knows what is expected. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great list of tips for families to consider when making a plan, you can find it here: Family Media Use Plan

Be a technology role model

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Friday, Oct 30th, 5-8pm

 Dorey Recreation Center 

Dorey Recreation Center transforms into a creepy camp site to celebrate the hair-raising fun of Halloween! Experience s’mores and spooky stories by a larger-than-life bonfire, show off your costume in a contest of epic proportions, create Halloween crafts to delight the senses, and eat candy and play games ‘til your heart’s content! Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: bog09@henrico.us

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We're unlocking the library crypt next week and inviting all good little goblins and ghouls to creep out for a party!

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Monday, October 26 @ 6:30: Get into the Halloween spirit! Join us for not-too-spooky games and crafts. Trick-or-treating stations will be set up throughout the library, so don't forget your costume! Presented by the Northwest Teen Advisory Board and supported by the Friends of the Library. 

Halloween Dance Party @ Twin Hickory
Tuesday, October 27 @ 6:30 pm: Put on your costume, bring a treag bag and get ready to boogie & gather some treats! For ages 3 and older. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_9835737234_07856f4e9b_m.jpgHalloween Magic Show @ Fairfield
Thursday, October 29 @ 7 pm: Help us celebrate Halloween with a magic show starring the Amazing Mr. B! Halloween treats will be shared at the end of the show. 

Halloween Fair @ Tuckahoe
Saturday, October 31 @ 3 pm
Join us for games, face painting, crafting, storytelling, and more! This free event is great for families looking for a safe and fun indoor Halloween celebration. Costumes encouraged. Hosted by the West End TAB and sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library.

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Sat, Oct 17 Noon-4pm Meadow Farm Museum

Celebrate the harvest with fun for the whole family. Explore hands-on activities and demonstrations such as candle dipping, apple pressing, tractor rides, and living history exhibits. Enjoy live musical entertainment and the Wild West Medicine Show. Children can pick their own pumpkin to take home from the “Great Pumpkin Patch”. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: tru08@henrico.us

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter D!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Before you go trick-or-treating, try some of these fascinating information books:

                  

Chocolate from Start to Finish by Samuel Woods discusses the origin, history and ways of preparing and using chocolates.

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven is the true story of a German girl and American pilot who help the children of West Berlin by dropping candy-filled parachutes during the Airlift.

How Sweet it Is (and Was) by Ruth Freeman Swain is a brief history of candies and gum, including recipes for sugar paste, fudge and taffy.

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Lit Bits: The Letter C!

Here is our next installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter C!!!

As always, your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Child Care Provider Learning Opportunity

Hey Child Care Providers!

We just learned about a free learning opportunity for child care providers.

This comes to you from the Virginia Project Learning Tree, a group dedicated to supporting educators working with children on environmental topics:

"We are pleased to present a unique opportunity from Virginia Project Learning Tree (PLT).

Early childhood educators living and/or working in the greater Richmond area can receive PLT’s award-winning educational, professional development, and classroom materials—at no cost beginning September 1, 2015!

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Why not spend a few moments over Labor Day weekend sharing stories about careers with a child? The books listed below explore all different types of jobs through clever storytelling and illustrations.

            

Clothesline Clues to Jobs that People Do by Kathryn Heling
This book invites readers to guess different professions based on the uniform and equipment required for each.

How to Get a Job, by Me, the Boss by Sally Lloyd-Jones
A young girl describes in detail how to decide on an interesting job and then tells exactly how to go about getting it.

Night Shift by Jessie Hartland
Late at night after children have gone to bed, people who work the night shift, like street sweepers, window dressers, newspaper printers, road workers, and donut bakers, are doing their jobs.

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

They are...

East

Seven Pines

North

Kaechele

Near West

Trevvett

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Remember, Reading Club ends on Monday - so add this event to your online log, along with those final books read to earn your prizes! 

By the way, did you know that motorcycle policemen have a history of being heroic?  In fact, the Make-a-Wish Foundation was co-founded by an Arizona motorcycle policeman by the name of Frank Shankwitz. It all started when Officer Frank helped a seven year old boy named Chris become an honorary policeman and earn his motorcycle officer's wings.  That was over 30 years ago and since then thousands of wishes have been granted - and - it all started with the generosity of a few creative public servants - and one motorcycle policeman.

And where did I learn this fact? Check out Heroes for My Son, or the accompanying Heroes for My Daughter, each by Brad Meltzer.  

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Lit Bits: The Letter B!

We are super-excited to continue our Lit Bits feature this week! Without further ado, allow us to introduce The Letter B!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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East

  1. Mehfoud
  2. Seven Pines
  3. Adams

North

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Kaechele
  3. Twin Hickory

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Lakeside
  3. Holladay

Far West

  1. Gayton
  2. Davis
  3. Tuckahoe

The complete standings can be seen here.

Be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the winners next week!!

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Research Webinar for Homeschoolers

Hey homeschool families!  Did you know we offer online databases that present an alternative to conducting research on the open web? 

Join the folks from Credo Literati for a 45 minute online tour of Literati's e-book collection!  See the best full text reference e-books to help your students with their studies.  They will highlight content appropriate for ages 9 through 17 - all fully accessible from home with a library card.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015  at 10am EDT

Click to register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7524818255338821122


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Introducing Lit Bits!!

We are thrilled to introduce a new resource for parents and caregivers: LIT BITS!!

 

Lit Bits are short videos featuring Henrico County Library staff sharing rhymes and songs, along with information about how these activities help your kids get ready for reading success. We will be sharing a new Lit Bit every other week here: henricolibrary.org/LitBits

 

Check out our first Lit Bit: The Letter A!!!

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Even older sisters, brothers, and cousins can test out their budding mother's-helper babysitting knowledge with this series of books:

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Babysitting Basics: Caring for Kids (J 649.1024 Browning)
Babysitting Rules: A Guide for When You're in Charge (J 649.1024 Browning)
Babysitting Activities: Fun with Kids of All Ages (J 649.1024 Mattox)
Babysitting Safety: Preventing Accidents and Injuries (J 649.1024 Mehlman)
Babysitting Skills: Traits and Training for Success (J 649.1024 Mattox)
Babysitting Jobs: The Business of Babysitting (J 649.1024 Mehlman)

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It's time for an Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! How is your school doing?b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.png

East

  1. Seven Pines
  2. Mehfoud
  3. Adams

North

  1. Colonial trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Johnson
  3. Chamberlayne

Far West

  1. Gayton
  2. Davis
  3. Three Chopt

The complete standings can be seen here.

There are three weeks left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in a few weeks!

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Wrap up summer with a picnic, and get inspired by these titles:

 

Picture Books

Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies - Join the bats for a beach picnic; don't forget your moon-tan lotion!

The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillipps - Nothing goes right during this family of four's humorous outing.

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There’s always that one kid, isn’t there? That kid who loosens the lid of the salt shaker, puts plastic wrap over the toilet seat, or short sheets the beds. In the book The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, prankster Miles Murphy is beyond such small time pranks—he’s the king of pranksters! At least, that’s what he thinks until he moves to Yawnee Valley and discovers his new rival, Niles Sparks. Everyone thinks Niles is “the good kid,” the principal’s pet, but Miles knows better. Niles’ pranks are sheer genius, but Miles is determined to be even better.  Niles wants to team up, but Miles wants to be the prankster king, not somebody’s partner. Will Niles be able to persuade Miles to team up and pull off the biggest prank in history? 

Kids who enjoy Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books will enjoy this laugh-out-loud tale.  Also available as an e-book.

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East

  1. Adams
  2. Seven Pines
  3. Mehfoud

North

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Holladay
  3. Johnson

Far West

  1. Gayton
  2. Three Chopt
  3. Davis

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in a few weeks!

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While instructing your children on phone etiquette, be sure to include these upbeat Telephone Titles:

 

Picture Books

Telephone by Mac Barnett - When it's time to come home for dinner, a mother bird passes the message down a line of birds perched on a telephone wire.

Oink-a-Doodle-Moo by Jef Czekaj - A barnyard game of "telephone" goes wild in this jolly read aloud.

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See Trains in the Wild!!

Building vocabularies and growing curious kiddos is as easy as talking with them about the things you see around you every day!

Our children’s librarians just learned about a very cool, vocabulary-building opportunity happening this weekend in Richmond:

100th Anniversary of the Old Hull Street Railroad Station
Presented by the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Society
102 Hull Street, Richmond, VA
Saturday, July 18
th from 11 am – 5 pm (festivities begin at 1 pm)
For more information, visit:
http://www.richmondrailroadmuseum.org/

There are sure to be tons of train-related things for kids to check out, including an entire room filled with an HO-gauge model-railroad layout! This is going to be an awesome opportunity for little train-crazy kids to see the real trains that inspired the stories about Thomas and his friends.

There are dozens of fantastic train books for kids at your Henrico County Public Library. Here are just a few of our favorites:

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We have a variety of family resources for every sort of child and each unique family.  We can all benefit from professional guidance - parenting is complex and always changing. Take a peek at these:
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents) (Verdick, Elizabeth)

The Behavior Survival Guide For Kids with Behavior Challenges: How To Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble (McIntyre, Tom)

The Survival Guide for Kids with LD (Learning Differences) (Fisher, Gary)

The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide (Galbraith, Judy)

The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends (Crist, James) 

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It's time for an Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! How is your school doing?b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.png

East

  1. Mehfoud
  2. Montrose
  3. Seven Pines

North

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Holladay
  3. Johnson

Far West 

  1. Gayton
  2. Three Chopt
  3. Maybeury

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in a few weeks!

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Online Workshops for Child Care Providers from VDSS

The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides a wide selection of online courses for child care providers looking to earn some Continuing Education credits. These classes are available all year long through the Community College Workforce Alliance.

You can find more information about these Online Courses here: http://ccwatraining.org/childcare/

If you would like more information about how the Henrico County Public Library can help your child care program, feel free to contact Rick Samuelson, our Youth Services Coordinator, at: rsamuelson@henricolibrary.org

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Join a curious little bug as he searches for his special talent in this debut picture book app from Jackie Littman ($2.99 iTunes). As the little bug explores the garden, he meets other bugs who show off their special talents. The ants show him how they tunnel underground, the bees fill honeycomb with honey, and snails can climb upside down. In the end, it's the spider who shows the little bug how to spin thread. Using his new talent, the little bug spins a cocoon and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

There's a lot to love in this app, which has quickly become one of my favorites.

  1. The app is truly a work of art. Each page is highly interactive, with every element on the page responding to a tap with movement and sound. Created as a master thesis as part of a MFA program, everything in this app--illustrations, fonts, music--was made specifically for this app. Older children interested in designing apps or picture books might be interested in the blog the developer kept during the process.
  2. The Little Bug is suitable for a wide range of ages, and it has so much replay value. Young children will enjoy listening to the story, learning about bugs, or finding the hidden ladybug on each page. As your children grow so do opportunities to talk about each bug's special talent and the life cycle of a butterfly.
  3. Learning continues when the iPad is turned off. Because so many of these bugs can be seen in the summer, The Little Bug is the perfect book to read before heading outside to play or to go on a nature walk. Why not read the book app and then go for a walk to see how many bugs you can find? Then head to the library to learn more about the bugs you saw on your walk. Additionally, the developer has created free activity sheets to accompany the app. These sheets can be downloaded near the bottom of the developer's website.
  4. Kids really do like this app. I had the chance to use this app in a family storytime recently. The kids loved telling me when they found the hidden ladybug (and, believe me, they told me as loudly as they could.) The katydid surprised many of them, too, as most of the kids had never seen or heard of one previously. And it wasn't just the kids who enjoyed the app at that storytime. A number of parents wanted to know where they could download the app. 

If I have one quibble with the app, it's that the app doesn't highlight words as they're being read. However, with the entertaining yet educational storyline and gorgeous and interactive illustrations, the app is definitely one to add to your collection. 

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It's time for an Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! How is your school doing?b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.png

East

  1. Mehfoud
  2. Montrose
  3. Adams

North

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Rivers Edge

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Johnson
  3. Holladay

Far West Area

  1. Three Chopt
  2. Davis
  3. Tuckahoe

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in a few weeks!

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Super Heroes for All Ages

Shazam! Check out these all powerful books awaiting your whole family!

Adults who are kids at heart:
Marvel Encyclopedia (741.5973 Marvel)


Older kiddos:
Meet the Marvel Super Heroes (J 741.5973 Wyatt)
Meet the Marvel Super Heroes (J 741.5973 Peterson)
Avengers Storybook Collection (Juv Fic, Avenger)
Super Heroes Storybook Collection (Juv Fic, Super) 

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Stop by your library today to check out these titles for soothing and fun music the whole family can enjoy.

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You Are My Little Bird or Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell - These CDs are terrific for quiet time, road trips or tough mornings. Mitchell's renditions of beloved children's songs and covers of folk classics by Woody Guthrie or Bob Marley are sweet and comforting, never grating.

I'm Me by Charlie Hope - Clear vocals and catchy rhythms make Charlie Hope's CD a winner. She sings several original songs that are fresh and lots of fun, as well as terrific versions of time-tested favorites. 

Family Time by Ziggy Marley - A fun, upbeat CD full of original songs and featuring lots of guests like Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson! This CD also includes two stories narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Eat your fruit and veggies and read about them too! Here is a list of some great books to check out from your library.

         

Go, Go, Grapes! : A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Rhyming text and colorful illustrations describe the tastes, scents, and appearance of different fruits.

In the Garden: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
As Jeremy and Christina pick vegetables for their mother, they see evidence of animals and insects that have been in the garden before them.

Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell
A young boy explains the different plants and parts of plants that people commonly eat, from roots and tubers to fruits and vegetables.

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Read-A-Book: A Distance Learning Program for Child Care Providers

 

Child care providers who are looking to earn some credit hours from the comfort of their own home, take notice!

 

Read-A-Book is a distance learning self-study program developed by the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development at the Virginia Department of Social Services.

 

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Middle-schooler Chris loves basketball. He’s perfected the art of being the strong, silent type, and even his parents don’t know how much he loves English and how he harbors a secret desire to be a master thief and comic book artist. He’s used to always being the second best behind his straight-A, sports star, Mr. Popularity, big brother Jax.

Then, Jax comes home from college. He’s dropped out of Stanford and seems to be in a downward spiral, drinking and gambling. Chris wants to help his brother, but he’s uncomfortable with the secrets and lies. A canny strategist, Chris quickly becomes a first rate detective as he tries to figure out what’s going on with his brother, not to mention the rash of local burglaries. Now, if he could only figure out Brooke—the girl he really likes in school!

While there is basketball throughout the book, it is by no means the central theme. Chris is complicated and believable. There are interesting side issues, like designer babies (Chris was born to save his brother’s life), shoplifting, and gambling. A surprise twist at the end may catch you off guard, and there are a few laugh-out-loud moments. Obviously, put Stealing the Game in the hands of any kid who liked sports, but it would also appeal to quiet kids, kids who are struggling with their identity, or kids who like mysteries.

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The Virginia State Reading Association sponsors an annual contest for students to read 10 listed books, then vote at their schools for one favorite. Each April the winning titles are announced for primary, elementary and middle school readers.  Check out the lists for the 2015-2016 school year, or peek at past populars.

Find some today at your library!

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The fourth annual Elementary School Trophy Challenge is back!

What is the Trophy Challenge?

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It is a contest between all Henrico County's Elementary schools. The schools with the highest percentage of students who meet the Summer Reading Club's reading goal get a big shiny trophy with a brass plate engraved with their school's name to display during the school year.

How does it work?

  1. Henrico County Public School elementary students sign up for the Summer Reading Club.
  2. They log the books/hours they read throughout the summer.
  3. The school with the highest percentage of finishers (having read at least 10 books, or for 10 hours) will receive a trophy to keep on display for one year. 

We will track progress during the summer and share this with the club participants through email and other methods.  We hope that with this added incentive, we can encourage even more students to participate and finish the summer reading club, and experience the joy of reading as a lifelong pursuit. 

Schools By Region

We've added another region to the challenge this year. Schools are now grouped into four regions — East, NorthNear West and Far West — and four trophies will be awarded.  In addition to the trophies, each winning school will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card valued at $50 for the school library.

East

North

Near West

Far West

Adams Colonial Trail Chamberlayne Carver
Arthur Ashe Echo Lake Dumbarton Crestview
Baker Glen Allen Holladay Davis
Donohoe Greenwood Johnson Gayton
Fair Oaks Kaechele Laburnum Maybeury
Glen Lea Longan Lakeside Nuckols Farm
Harvie Rivers Edge Longdale Pemberton
Highland Springs Shady Grove Trevvett Pinchbeck
Mehfoud Short Pump   Ridge
Montrose Springfield Park   Skipwith
Ratcliffe Twin Hickory   Three Chopt
Sandston     Tuckahoe
Seven Pines      
Varina      
Ward      

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June 1-6, 2015

There is always something fun happening at your library. Here are just a few events taking place this week:

Wednesday June 3rd

Busy Hands Crafts @ Dumbarton Library
10:30 am
Ahoy Mateys! Stick around after 10 am storytime and make a box to store all your treasure in.
Audience: 3-5 year-olds

Wednesday June 3rd

Busy Hands Crafts @ Sandston Library
11:00 am
Stick around after 10:30 am storytime and join us as we create a ladybug!
Audience: 24 months-5 year-olds

Saturday June 6th

Celebrate Varina! at Dorey Park
4:00 pm
Stop by and say "Hi!" to our Mobile Library Services and Varina Library staff during Celebrate Varina!
Audience: Families

And don't forget to check out our online calendar (www.henricolibrary.org/events) for storytime listings and even more fun happenings at the library!

 

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Music is a great way to break up a long day, encourage conversation or movement, or soothe tired nerves. A great way to add variety to the music you and your child share is to try out some of the world music titles available at your library. Putumayo curates children's CDs with music and moods from around the world. They combine new and fresh arrangements of favorite childhood songs with nursery rhymes and kids songs from lots of other cultures. Try out some of these fun compilations for your next playdate or road trip:

World Sing-Along - Check out this album for singable kids songs from around the world, some familiar and some fresh and new. This upbeat CD features songs in lots of different genre and languages. Listen for "Waltzing Matilda" by Fiddlers Green Bush Band and "Jamaican Farewell" by Dan Zanes featuring Angelique Kidjo. For more in the Sing-Along series try Sing-Along with Putumayo.

Hawaiian Playground - Fun and fast-paced tunes to take playtime to the islands. Check out "Po La'ila'i" by Paiatea! For more in the Playground series try American Playground, European Playground, Caribbean Playground and more!

New Orleans Playground - Fun, upbeat and exciting jazz standards and hits from the Big Easy, this CD is terrific for rainy days and those moments when you just need to dance. Check out "I Like it Like That" by Chris Kenner and "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" by Hack Bartholomew. For more American music genres check out Cowboy Playground and Rock & Roll Playground.

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Let the Summer Reading Fun Begin!  

We're celebrating super heroes, animal heroes and local heroes at your libraries this summer. The reading programs range from preschoolers through adults. Sign up online with your library card  June 1st to August 31st.  Keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) during that period to earn prizes.  Visit your libraries for fun programs like Bill Wellington, and visits by Henrico County firefighter and police heroes.  

There will be raffles at summer's end for those who finish the program and each branch will host a "Cool Treat" finale.

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With research options available for a wide range of ages, World Book Online is a great resource for that research project that's due tomorrow, but you haven't started yet. (Don't worry, we won't judge)

Taking full advantage of tablet technology, World Book Online also works on your tablet, meaning you can put the finishing touches to your project in the car on your way to school. Here's how to get there: 

From Henrico County Public Library's Internet Homepage, click on Kids>Kids Space, then Research a Topic in the middle of the page. From the list of databases, click on World Book and enter your library card number (if you are at home).

Once you enter World Book Online, you will see all of the products available to you:

  • Kids! - The newest section of World Book Online uses image-driven navigation to engage young learners. There are interactive videos, games, as well as informative articles. Interactive features include the World of Animals, Explorable Maps, Important People, and Science Projects.
  • Early World of Learning - Developed by early childhood educators for children ages preschool through grade 2, this resource provides educational games, a story corner, coloring pages, and short video clips.
  • World Book Discover - Designed for middle school students and older, this database contains thousands of easy-to-read articles and a wealth of multimedia resources.
  • InfoFinder - This database is useful for elementary and middle school age students looking for easy-to-read explanations of various topics.  
  • Timelines - Users can explore important moments in sports, world history, science & technology, and more.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - A Spanish language reference site for children ages kindergarten through 4th grades, or adults learning the Spanish language. It contains engaging content, rich media, and interactive learning tools - all in Spanish.

With World Book Online your research project will be a success! You may enjoy using it so much, that you will start your research project earlier next time. (Don't worry, we know that's too good to be true. And besides, who are we to judge? This blog post was written the day before it was due!)

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These storytimes are convenient for parents and caregivers who are busy during weekdays and for families who want extra storytimes.

Give these storytimes a try!

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Love to make things? Love to use your tablet or smartphone? Check out some of these apps for all ages that encourage you to use your imagination!

                                   

Toca Builders - Create a whole new world by using six builders. If you can imagine it, you can build it. $.99-2.99. Available for Apple and Android devices.

Tap a Tune-Kids Music Maker - Write your own songs. As you play, the app records your voice, so feel free to sing along! Free. Available for Apple devices.

Our Book by Us - Every family has a story. Listen as SugarLoaf tells her story and then tell your own through drawings and text. Available for Apple and Android devices. Also available in Spanish as Nuestro Libro.

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Think of a book trailer as a commercial for a book. Publishers will often create trailers for soon-to-be-released books and then share those trailers on YouTube and other social media pages. Some trailers feature the author; some feature the book's artwork or a theatrical voice over. No matter what kind of trailer the publisher makes, book trailers are always fun to watch.

Here are four book trailers for recently released or soon-to-be-published books you can find at your Henrico County Public Library.

Picture Books:

A little frog would rather be anything than a slimy, wet frog. Place a hold here.

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Grandma Loves Bugs by Fairlady Media (iPad/iPhone $2.99) is a fun educational app that centers on bugs. Does your grandma run screaming from the spider in the tub? Not this grandma! She uses bugs in ten mini games to teach children about letters, counting, and about bugs themselves. Sometimes she gets so excited by your success that she does a little dance! Not all children are going to feel friendly towards creepy-crawlies, but this app is a safe, low-anxiety way of making a child feel comfortable with insects.

While most of the games are rather pedestrian (like matching the letters on the flowers to the letters the bugs are carrying) there are some nice surprises as well. One of the activities is using a magnifying glass to examine the picture of a bug. Children can maneuver the magnifying glass over different parts of the bug while Grandma explains what part they’re looking at. In the sequence of games are surprise videos of real bugs that Grandma teaches you about.

There is a lot of variety in the games, and ten games repeated with different variations begins to feel like a whole lot of different games. These games can be customized for the child’s level. Any of the games can be taken away at an adult’s discretion if a child becomes frustrated, or if it’s too easy. You can also chose to turn the music off--always an appreciated option.

And if this app fires a new appreciation for bugs in your little one, remember that the library has a whole lot of books to support their enthusiasm!