Teen Fav Awards 2017 – And the winners are…



The winners of the 2017 Teen Fav Awards were announced last night at the ceremony held at Tuckahoe Area Library!

Thanks to everyone who voted. And now for the big reveal…(drumroll)…here are your winners!

Fav Book:  Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Fav Author: John Green

Fav Artist or Band: Imagine Dragons

Fav Song: Despacito by Luis Fonsi

Fav TV Show: Stranger Things

Fav Movie: Spiderman: Homecoming

Fav Actress: Emma Watson

Fav Actor: James Franco

Fav Athlete: Gabby Douglas

Fav Video Game: Pokemon

Fav Store: Barnes and Noble

Fav Restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Fav Social Media: Snapchat

Fav YouTube Star: RiceGum

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: The Romantics by Leah Konen

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In the small town of Chapel Hill in South Carolina, the story of a Certified Grade-A Romantic named Gael Brennan is told through the eyes of Love itself. Love had turned a blind eye to Gael’s parents, and their relationship eventually fell apart due to Love’s ignorance. In order to make amends, Love has to use everything it has in order to save Gael from falling head-over-heels for the wrong girl. Love’s top priority is to lead Gael to the path of the right girl, Sammy Sutton, by any means necessary. The Romantics is a light-hearted and comical novel that sheds some light on the concept of love itself.

The Romantics and its writing style exceeded my expectations without hesitation. The use of Love as the omniscient narrator of the story added a fun twist. The story was rather predictable since the book used the concepts of romantic cliches and stereotypes. However, The Romantics is a book I will recommend if you are a fan of Rainbow Rowell or Lauren Myracle. The ending of The Romantics was adorable, and it had tugged my lips into a smile that practically beamed.

One memorable thing about the book was the emphasis on the characters’ personalities. Leah Konen had drawn attention to each and every single one of the characters. Each of their roles played an immense part in the development of Gael’s own character.


Reviewed by Jessica, Grade 9, Glen Allen Library

Teen Fav Awards 2017

You have spoken! Now join us at the

TVF2017to find out who won at the red carpet event hosted by the Fairfield, Northside, Northwest, West End and Varina TABs. Refreshments will be served and dressy attire is encouraged!

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Henrico Christmas Mother Drive. Thank you for your support!

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.

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