2013 Outstanding Program for Children

Time Travel Programs

Awarded by the Virginia Public Library Director's Association

Two librarians helped commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Henrico County by creating a series of entertaining and educational family programs that explored the history of Henrico County. Using a spray-painted refrigerator box as a “time machine,” the librarians traveled back through time and kidnapped two historical figures from Virginia’s past: patriot Patrick Henry and aviator Richard Byrd. The historical figures were brought back to the present day where audiences asked them questions about their lives and times before they were returned to their respective historical periods. The purpose of these Henrico History Time Travel Programs was to offer interactive family programs at Henrico County Recreation and Parks events intended to commemorate the quadricentennial of the County. Librarians Chris Holliman and Peter Belton performed the Time Travel Programs three times throughout 2011. At each one, costumed actors portrayed the historical figures and videos projected on a large screen gave the audience the idea that they were actually traveling back through time. Due to their success the time travel programs have become an annual event at the Twin Hickory branch of the Henrico Public Library.

2013 Outstanding Program for Seniors

eBook Classes at Senior Centers

Awarded by the Virginia Public Library Director's Association

One-on-one ebook help for elderly customerHenrico County Public Library has maintained continuous community outreach, especially through our Bookmobile, now known as Mobile Library Service. In their regular visits Bookmobile staff saw an increasing demand to support the needs of its senior patrons’ need for eBooks from the libraries. In response, Bookmobile staff partnered with our Emerging Technologies Librarian, Matt Phillips, to provide classes and one-on-one help with library eBooks. Beginning in January of 2012 Matt and Bookmobile staff made special visits to senior centers in the county who were most interested in learning about library eBooks and how to check them out on their devices.

2013 NACo Achievement Award

Time Travel Programs

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Two librarians helped commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Henrico County by creating a series of entertaining and educational family programs that explored the history of Henrico County. Using a spray-painted refrigerator box as a “time machine,” the librarians traveled back through time and kidnapped two historical figures from Virginia’s past: patriot Patrick Henry and aviator Richard Byrd. The historical figures were brought back to the present day where audiences asked them questions about their lives and times before they were returned to their respective historical periods. The purpose of these Henrico History Time Travel Programs was to offer interactive family programs at Henrico County Recreation and Parks events intended to commemorate the quadricentennial of the County. Librarians Chris Holliman and Peter Belton performed the Time Travel Programs three times throughout 2011. At each one, costumed actors portrayed the historical figures and videos projected on a large screen gave the audience the idea that they were actually traveling back through time. Due to their success the time travel programs have become an annual event at the Twin Hickory branch of the Henrico Public Library.

2013 NACo Achievement Award

eBook Classes at Senior Centers

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Henrico County Public Library has maintained continuous community outreach, especially through our Bookmobile, now known as Mobile Library Service. In their regular visits Bookmobile staff saw an increasing demand to support the needs of its senior patrons’ need for eBooks from the libraries. In response, Bookmobile staff partnered with our Emerging Technologies Librarian, Matt Phillips, to provide classes and one-on-one help with library eBooks. Beginning in January of 2012 Matt and Bookmobile staff made special visits to senior centers in the county who were most interested in learning about library eBooks and how to check them out on their devices.

2013 NACo Achievement Award

Electronics Recycling at Twin Hickory Area Library

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Electronics recycling in Twin Hickory's parking lotIn October of 2011, Henrico County Public Library staff at the Twin Hickory location began collaborating with Henrico Public Utilities to offer an electronics recycling event for area residents. Instead of disposing of old, outdated electronics at the county landfill, residents can drop off items at the library for recycling. The Twin Hickory Library is located in a highly populated residential area and has proven to be an ideal location for this service. Accomplished by a successful partnership between the library and Public Utilities, this one time program has grown into a regular service offered in October and April.

2013 Star Library Honor

Henrico County Public Library receives Star Library honor

Awarded by Library Journal

Library Journal America's Star Libraries article clippingHenrico County Public Library (HCPL) earned a Star Library designation from Library Journal based on national rankings that consider per-capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer access.

HCPL received a Star Library honor for the first time and was among six library systems in Virginia and 263 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2013. Library Journal, a national publication for library professionals, has compiled its list of Star Libraries annually since 2008. For 2013, Library Journal rated a total of 7,573 public libraries across the country and awarded Star Library status to the top 30 libraries in groups with similar levels of expenditure. Henrico was one of three libraries in Virginia to receive a four-star rating, which is the second highest class.

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