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Black Lives in Literature: a Juneteenth Reading List


Juneteenth celebrates the end of the institution of slavery in the United States, commemorating the date a Union general issued an order to free all enslaved persons in Texas on June 19, 1865. If you are interested in celebrating Black lives this Juneteenth through literature, we have created a list of excellent Black authors for adults and young adults, whose work you can explore free at the library. If you are interested in learning more about anti-racism, we have also included a list of recommended resources. We hope you all find a way to celebrate and contemplate this Juneteenth, and because we know reading has the power to change the world, we hope that this literature will inspire you.

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Escape into a Fantasy Realm

Escape Into Fantasy

Need to escape for a little bit? Dive into a fantasy world and be whisked away by conjured beasts, join in a timeless battle between good and evil, or get lost in fairy adventures. Explore the unknown and meet mystical creatures who may be more relatable than you believe. These reads will excite your imagination, and inspire you to make our world a better place.

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LibraryCon will be virtual this year!


Join us on Saturday, June 20 for our virtual LibraryCon. We are hosting online D&D workshops for gamers at any level, and you can enter to win our cosplay contest!

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Guest — Guest
Was there no one who did the costume contest? I haven't seen anything.
Thursday, 25 June 2020 09:26
Henrico County Public Library
Sadly, we did not receive any submissions to our Cosplay Contest this year. We understand that the virtual format might not be as ... Read More
Thursday, 25 June 2020 13:18

Talking about Race with Children

Talking About Race with Children

A great deal of research has been done concerning how young children become aware of race. It all points to a very clear fact: kids pick up on racial differences during the very first years of life. Our librarians have pulled together a list of books that are helpful for having conversations about race and culture. They are a starting point and will hopefully be a support for our Henrico families.

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The One Henrico Reading Challenge is your Summer Reading destination!


The One Henrico Reading Challenge started as a fun way to share reading activities during the stay-at-home order, and starting June 15, it is the official Henrico County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge! If you haven’t already, sign up to participate in our fun weekly activities designed to help you grow your love of reading and discover a great big world of learning. Logging your reading and learning will earn you chances to win cool prizes, provided by the Friends of Henrico County Public Library.

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Guest — Jackie
I am so glad to see you will be doing something for summer reading!!
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:11
Guest — Jane
I totally agree!
Sunday, 14 June 2020 23:25
Guest — VG
It is really fun you know?
Monday, 22 June 2020 10:33

Career Resources from Your Library


In a challenging job market, you may need assistance reworking your resume, refreshing your skill sets, or exploring career alternatives. HCPL has free online resources and print books to help you in your job search – all you need is a library card.

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Read Aloud Like a Librarian

Read Aloud

Reading to young children as early as possible can help strengthen the bond between parent and child, increase vocabulary, and teach kids about the wider world. HCPL offers storytimes for all ages, from birth to preschool, and we wanted to share tips caregivers can use to read like a librarian.

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What to Read if You Love Dungeons and Dragons


If you’re missing D&D or your gaming group, Henrico Library’s collection has you covered. Between books, audiobooks, and graphic novels, there are plenty of fantastic stories featuring swords and sorcery to choose from. If you want to lose yourself in an epic story about a distant land, delve into forgotten crypts, or get inspiration for your own games, keep reading and take a look at the titles below.

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DIY Kids Songs

DIY Music

Sharing music and singing together are great ways to connect, educate, and have fun with the children in your life. HCPL librarians have some tips for ways you and your little ones can get creative and learn together through music.

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World War II Books for Teens


This year marks the 75th commemoration of the end of World War II, an event that has produced countless stories of bravery, tragedy, and triumph. These World War II books are not just for history buffs. They are stories that help us connect to the past, and give hope for the future.

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Guest — Excellent list.
Excellent list of WWII books depicting life torn asunder by the horrors of war.
Monday, 25 May 2020 09:56
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