2017 NACo Achievement Award
Library Nature Study
Awarded by the National Association of Counties
The Nature Study Series at Henrico County Public Library provides environmental education programs that begin in the library, and then explore surrounding outdoor natural areas. The Nature Study Series of programs began at the Libbie Mill Area Library in June 2016, as a partnership between Henrico County Public Libraries and Gumenick Properties, the developer of the placemaking complex that surrounds Libbie Mill Library. Each Nature Study Program blends literature, nature, science, storytelling, exercise, and outdoor adventure in a manner designed to inspire curiosity in Henrico County families and to show off the practical use of the library’s collection. These library programs are unique in their content and format and use the resources found inside and outside of the library. The program has expanded to include three additional libraries. Nature Study Programs are attended by entire families while reaching the intended audience of four- to twelve-year-olds. The Nature Study Series will be offered annually and will continue to expand its reach and scope of natural topics through development of additional programs and offering them at more library locations.