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June is Audiobook Month

Do you feel that listening to books instead of reading them is somehow cheating? Put that fear to rest. While no in-depth, far-reaching studies exist comparing reading books for pleasure to listening to them, the evidence thus far indicates that there is not much difference between the two in terms of retention of the story.

Celebrate Pride!

Henrico County Public Library is proud to offer a wide range of titles with LGBTQIA+ authors, themes, and characters. Looking for a beach read starring a bi spy? We’ve got you covered. A pictorial history of protest movements? It’s here. Whether you’re looking for books you see yourself in, histories you weren’t taught, or a more diverse reading list, we have LGBTQIA+ titles for you.

We Have Liftoff: Books to Launch Your Summer Reading

June is finally here and we are excited to get reading this summer! Inspired by this year’s Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, we have chosen some of our favorite titles about exploring our universe.

Favorite Retellings

Sometimes I don’t want to read something entirely new… to learn a new world filled with new rules and new characters. I want something familiar, but just a little more exciting than re-reading an old favorite. These retellings of gothic tales, folklore, and classic stories are perfect when that feeling strikes.

Great Mysteries for Kids

Missing dog treats, rhyming kid detectives, bowler-wearing spider sidekicks… these detective series are great for young sleuths or anyone interested in a delightful page-turner! May is mystery month and if you’re tracking down a good read, check out these fun books for kids.

Explore a Universe of Stories with Henrico County Public Library!

This summer, we’d like to challenge you to explore the farthest reaches of your imagination with us at the Library. Our 2019 Summer Reading challenge, A Universe of Stories, makes it easier than ever to earn rewards for indulging your curiosity. The challenge launches June 3 and runs through August 31. This year, you can customize your experience by earning badges for a mix of reading and other learning activities, like attending library programs and getting out in the community. 

Happy Pride!

 Pride month might be coming to an end, but we have a great selection of LGBTQIA+ books for you to read year round!

There are so many great works of LGBTQIA+ literature out there. While we have tried to highlight a diverse range of experience, this list is not exhaustive. Staff have sent in their favorites and we hope they will end up on your favorites list too! If you would like a list of books on a particular topic, you can request one through our Custom Book List form.

The Stories Behind the Music: Biographies and Memoirs

 We are halfway through the summer and our Summer Reading Club. Hopefully you have enjoyed some excellent books so far! 

One way to explore music is to read about the people creating it. Here are some of our favorite biographies that show just how fascinating the life of a musician can be. Read about the glamour, the trials, tribulations, and travel in these great titles.

Fantastic Mysteries for Fall

Cooler weather and shorter days make the fall a great time to settle in with a new mystery series. From delightfully gossipy restaurant owners moonlighting as amateur sleuths, to hardened investigators facing the end of the world, or even a crime-solving furry companion, there is a literary detective for everyone.  

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