Teen Fav Awards 2017 — Vote Now!


Teen Fav Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m.
at Tuckahoe Area Library

Click here to vote online now through December 1st for your favorite teen books, movies, music and more of 2017! Then find out who won at the awards ceremony hosted by the Fairfield, Northside, Northwest, West End and Varina TABs. Refreshments will be served and dressy attire is encouraged! For more information call Fairfield Area Library at (804) 501-1930, Libbie Mill Library at (804) 501-1940, Tuckahoe Area Library at (804) 501-1910, Twin Hickory Area Library at (804) 501-1920 or Varina at (804) 501-1980.

2017 Build a Better Website Teen Art Contest Winner!

The Henrico County Public Library is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Build a Better Website Teen Art Contest: Maddie E.

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First Place Artwork by Maddie E.

8th grader Maddie has been awarded top honors for her whimsical colored pencil and watercolor design that will be incorporated prominently into the HCPL Teen Scene (www.hcplteenscene.org) website header.

Maddie will receive a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card for her effort.

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Second Place Artwork by Ethan S.

26 submissions in total were received over the summer. On September 27th, HCPL teen librarians met to review the submissions and select a winning piece that would work well in an online format and capture the awesomeness of being a teen in Henrico. We encourage everybody to view the album of all submissions: 2017 Teen Art Contest. The creativity displayed by our teens is incredible!

2nd Place and Honorable Mention winners were also awarded.  These individuals will each receive a gift card for Barnes and Noble.

Honorable Mention Artwork by Shivram R.

Here is the full list of winners for the 2017 Build a Better Website Teen Art Contest:

1st Place – Maddie E. (8th gade)
2nd Place – Ethan S. (7th grade)
Honorable Mention – Shivram R. (10th grade)

The Teen Art Contest was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library.


September is National Suicide Prevention Month

“Mental health conditions are all around us and among us. By knowing more about them, we can encourage each other to speak up and build better lives” (National Alliance on Mental Illness). One in five teens lives with a mental health condition, less than half of youth with mental health conditions receive treatment, and suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth and young adults. Henrico County Public Library is joining with Henrico Mental Health and numerous other organizations this September to raise awareness during National Suicide Prevention Month.

Teen librarians are a great resource for information. Check out our Self-Care book list and additional resources from our teen webpage.

Statistics do not capture the pain and isolation experienced by those living with mental health conditions. If you, a family member, friend, or classmate are in need of support, please speak out. You are not alone. One Henrico teen said this about his struggle to get help, after he tried to commit suicide:

“It would only matter to me, because only I felt this way. I didn’t know that other people felt the same way. Not everything can be done by yourself. You can have help if you need it.” (source: NBC)

In an emergency, call the Henrico County Mental Health + Substance Abuse Crisis Line at (804) 727-8484. Or, text HOME to 741741 to chat with a trained Crisis Counselor about any type of crisis.

Read + Review is Back!

Happy first day of school everyone!  The first day of school is also the first day of Read + Review – so you can start earning community service hours for submitting your reviews of our New YA books.

Visit our Read + Review page to learn more, and check out our handy guide to getting awarded the maximum two hours service credit for your reviews below.

Happy reading from your HCPL Teen Librarians!

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Read + Review: Secrets, Lies, and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan


In a small town, five teenagers are internally connected through a murder of their most hated teacher. Each one of them have their own secrets and wake up each day terrified to what will happen next. Ivy is the school’s queen and finds a spark with Mattie, a shy, worrisome teenage boy. Kinley, the smartest girl at the school, finds a relationship with the a rebel boy, Tyler. She soon finds out that her deepest and most disturbing secret will be revealed and could ruin her entire future. And lastly Cade, whose family is torn apart and struggles to keep his anger in. All five students are complete strangers at first, but the murder brings them closer than ever, and it is all their job to keep their secret between one another.

Throughout this book, I was always at the edge of my seat and wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. Although the characters were written with much details, it was hard to remember which character was which. However, the writing style and tone throughout the book formed a horror and chilling atmosphere which really brought out the mystery in the story. The surprises were very shocking and kept me hooked throughout the reading.

The plot conflicts were very twisting, especially with what goes on in the characters’ lives and how they deal with the situation(s). I really enjoyed how the author wrote the book in different perspectives and incorporated multiple stories into one. If you enjoyed the book I Know What You Did Last Summer or the show Pretty Little Liars, make sure to keep a lookout for this book!


Reviewed by Allyson, Grade 9, Twin Hickory Area Library

Read + Review: The Quest to Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson

Read + Review: The Quest to Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson

The risk of danger, the emotion of fear, and the idea of spectacular wonders no one could possibly resist causes Stella Glass to sneak onto the first ship capable of passing the Hiteran Mountains: The Iron Glory. During the past five years after peace was obtained, the Merrow Kingdom and the Dragonfly Territories worked together to create a ship to travel to the Uncharted Lands. People from all over Solace have been chosen to undergo this momentous and risky voyage, including Stella’s parents. It had been decided that the journey is too dangerous for children, but Stella can’t let her parents leave her behind, into an uncertain realm, where all kinds of possibilities exist, many hinting to the notion that her parents may never come back to Stella. But once Stella is aboard the Iron Glory, she realizes that she’s dealing with more than the risk of being caught. Stella Glass is facing the possibility that now looms before her: A failed expedition, or in other words, death. Someone on board is trying to sabotage the ship, to keep it from succeeding its mission to reach the Uncharted Lands. With the help of another stowaway, a mysterious boy of many secrets, they attempt to save the Iron Glory and its passengers, before it’s too late.

The Quest to the Uncharted Land is awesome! Every bit of the book was enjoyable. This book is quick, with plenty of action. The plot is amazing, and the characters inside the plot complement it, with the turmoil, strained bonds between themselves, the discoveries, and the adventure. The characters’ personalities, memories, and backgrounds were unique and special, creating characters you instantly care for. There were little bits of the book that hinted to the two previous books before it: The Mark of the Dragonfly and The Secrets of Solace, both also by Jaleigh Johnson. It was really fascinating to see how they were connected. All in all, The Quest to the Uncharted Lands was a wonderful ending to the World of Solace series. You do not necessarily have to read the other two books to enjoy this one, but I personally recommend reading The Mark of the Dragonfly and The Secrets of Solace before The Quest to the Uncharted Lands, in that order, to get a better understanding of Solace and the different kingdoms of Solace, along with its variety of people.

One memorable thing about this book is Stella Glass’s skills. Thanks to her parents, she is a good healer and aspires to be one as her occupation. Stella is also an alchemist, able to make smoke bombs and other things along those lines. These two separate talents that make up Stella creates a very intriguing and awesome character in this book.


Reviewed by Christine, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library

Read + Review: Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin


This book takes place in a London finishing school that is not as it seems. Rather than etiquette, the girls at Stranje house are taught in the trades of war, espionage, and diplomacy. The novel is told by a girl called Tess, who had inherited from her mother before her a curse of maddening, prophetic dreams. With an old friend turned to treachery, Napoleon rising to power, and England on the chopping block, the girls at Stranje house have a lot to worry about.

Overall, I did enjoy this novel, despite the annoying writing style and shallow, cliche characters. I did come to appreciate the storyline and the thought put into the book, however. It was an intriguing (although a bit recycled) plot that did have you marginally interested in the characters’ whereabouts and well-being, which is what I look for/value most in books. There were a handful of parts here and there that I didn’t quite understand, but those were most likely because I had only realized that this was the second novel of a series a quarter way through the book!

I’ve been thinking for a good while now. I’m scraping the very floor of my mind, yet I truly cannot come up with anything that was particularly memorable about this novel besides the disappointing cliche-ness of the characters. I feel bad having to say this.


Reviewed by Lexi, Grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library

Read + Review: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud


The Empty Grave is the fifth and final book of the Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud. It follows Lucy Carlyle who is a psychic investigator for the psychic agency of Lockwood & Co. in London. It has been 5 months since Lockwood & Co. had discovered unnatural occult experiments by Tom Rotwell, the head of the large Rotwell Agency, and the eerie “Other Side,” where spirits dwell. Since then, the Problem, the epidemic of hauntings in Britain, has only gotten worse. Lockwood and Co. must figure out why and how to solve the Problem once and for all. To do this, Lucy and her friends will have to face foes both spectral and human. To do this, they will have to rely on some shady yet surprising allies in this thrilling conclusion to the Lockwood and Co. series.

“The Empty Grave” is the perfect conclusion to a great series. I really liked everything about the book. The pacing was mildly quick, the character depth was great, and the best thing about the book was it’s grammar. It felt nice to pick up a book with quirky puns that made me giggle once in a while. The criticism I have about the book is it’s conclusion. It hints at things and a blossoming romance but never really confirms anything.

The most memorable thing for me about this book were the characters. The book was only as good as its characters because it relied so heavily on character depth and character development. Many of the characters had large and interesting backgrounds which all turned the book more interesting with side-stories and how their stories came into the overall plot of the book.


Reviewed by Aswin, Grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library