Tag: community service

Read-A-Thon Charity Selection Top 3!

Thanks to everyone who voted in our Read-A-Thon Charity Selection poll!  We got a LOT ofpenny-jar-392378 responses, and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time out from your busy lives to think about contributing to causes that benefit our community.

Without further ado, here were charities that received the most votes:

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Richmond SPCA
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Three great and worthy causes!  Way to go guys – and we’ll keep you posted on the final selection and details relating to the Read-A-Thon as planning continues!

Thanks again from your Teen Librarians + Teen Advisory Boards!


Teen Readathon – Pick the Charity!

****Voting is now closed for the charity selection****

penny-jar-392378Our Teen Advisory Boards are plotting and scheming in hopes of hosting a Readathon on Saturday April 1st!

Here’s how it will work: Teens will read at their local Henrico library during a set period of time. For every page they read, a donation will be made to a worthy cause by a local sponsor.

We are in the process of planning this read-a-thon, and before we move on to the next step, we need YOU to choose the charity that our reading will benefit!

Choose from the charities listed in the poll below, and tell your friends to vote too!  These charities were selected by HCPL Teen Advisory Boards across the county, and each one is a worthy cause.


Henrico Christmas Mother 2015 Book Drive


The Henrico Christmas Mother donation season is coming up, and our Teen Advisory Boards are asking for your help. They want to be able to deliver A LOT of books this year to the Christmas Mother and would appreciate your donations of new or like new books for children and teens.

Who is the Christmas Mother? This year’s Christmas Mother is Beverly Cocke. She stresses the importance of helping those in need this holiday season:

“There is nothing like the joy in knowing that you played a small part in bringing a smile to a stranger’s face and sharing the message of love and hope across Henrico during the holiday season.”

Henrico County Public Library contributes by receiving your book donations this month. When the Christmas Mother starts taking their donations on December 3rd, we deliver the books we have collected to the Christmas Mother’s warehouse, where they will be distributed to children in the county.

Donations of new or like new children’s and teen books may be brought to any branch. We have donation boxes for collection. Thanks for your support in helping make Christmas a little bit brighter for children in need!

Please drop off your donations by Monday, November 30th.

For more information about the program, please visit the Henrico Christmas Mother Website.

Teen Volunteer Fair @ TU


Do you need community service for school? Do you want to volunteer and give back to your community? Meet volunteer coordinators from nonprofits that need volunteers just like you and sign up for a variety of volunteer jobs at the same time, in the same place.

Participating Organizations
HandsOn Greater Richmond • Comfort Zone Camp • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Henrico County Public Library • Henrico County Recreation & Parks • Maymont Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society • Richmond Entrepreneur’s Assistance Program (REAP)
Renew Richmond • Richmond SPCA • Virginia Sierra Club • Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Click here for more information or watch the commercial!

Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Training)

Picture1Henrico County Library has teamed up with the Henrico Fire Division and the Henrico Office of Emergency Management to offer Teen CERT again this June. The Henrico County Teen Community Emergency Response Team Porgram (Teen CERT) trains teen citizens to help cope in the time period immediately following a disaster when local public safety resources may be overwhelmed. Teen CERTs learn basic first aid, search and rescue, and fire suppression techniques. But more importantly, Teen CERT members learn how to prepare for a disaster long before one occurs. We will prepare for and respond to a hypothetical emergency, such as a hurricane, mass casualty accident, or epidemic.

The one-week training consists of:

• Four training sessions at Twin Hickory Area Library, Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 9:30 AM — 3:00 PM.

• A four-hour scenario drill at Twin Hickory Park, Friday, June 26, at a time to be announced. Students must commit to attend ALL FOUR sessions AND the drill.

On successful completion each student will earn a total of 24 hours of community service. This course is limited to 15 high school students (grades 9–12, rising 9th graders accepted). Applications will be accepted from April 1 through April 30. For more information contact Adrienne Minock, Teen Librarian at 290‑9200 x5 or aminock@henricolibrary.org.

Get the application here! Teen CERT Application. Due April 30th at the 2nd floor Info Desk at Twin Hickory Library.
Get the permission form & Info sheet here!  Teen CERT Permission Form & Info Sheet.

Students who have applied will be notified in Mid-May about acceptance into the program.


A.W.A.R.E. Read-A-Thon — 5,055 pages!

Today at Twin Hickory Library in 3 hours 32 teens read a total of 5,055 pages for A.W.A.R.E. (Alliance of Wild Animal Rehabilitators and Educators)!!! The Friends of the Library contributed 6 cents for each page read, totaling $303. Great job everyone!!!

Some of the animals at AWARE that we helped today! 🙂

In order, Opossum, rescued as a baby, not able to be in the wild;  Red-tailed hawk imprinted and cannot be released; Great horned owl, blind in one eye, can’t hunt;  American kestrel (smallest falcon) has congenital defect on beak, cannot hunt.  Living the good life at AWARE rehabilibitator homes.