Henrico County Public Library launches plan for the future

Henrico County Public Library recently released its Library Services Plan, which includes new mission, vision and goals for the future of the library. The planning process, launched December 2010, engaged a wide range of stakeholders in developing a plan for the future.

Through online and print surveys, in-person sessions and individual interviews, more than 7,000 members of the community shared what they liked about the system and what needed enhancements. More than 1,500 of the survey participants shared stories about the library’s impact on their lives. Story excerpts can be viewed at http://www.henricolibrary.org.

Officials identified four main goals through the process:

  • Enhancing collections (materials, eBooks, DVDs and books) and making them available in a timely manner to customers;

  • Enhancing community outreach efforts through public relations, the Bookmobile and other methods and improving dialogue with minorities, seniors and others;

  • Providing customers with high-quality classes, programs and customer service;

  • Providing physical spaces (buildings, rooms and cafes) that will welcome and engage customers during hours that meet their needs.

  • The library system consists of four area and five branch libraries, a bookmobile, a law library, and headquarters. During the most recent fiscal year, the libraries welcomed more than two million visitors and circulated 3.8 million items.

    For details about the Library Services Plan, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/mission.
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    State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

    Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

    The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

    Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

    The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

    The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

    Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

    The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

    In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

    Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

    Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

    Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

    Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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    State honors EMS officials this week

    There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

    This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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    The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “MOMO” at 7 p.m. June 2 and at 2 p.m. June 3-4 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Based on the fantasy novel by Michael Ende (author of “The NeverEnding Story”), “MOMO” is about a little girl who saves the world from the time thieves by her special ability to listen. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For details and tickets, call 356-3876 or visit http://www.latinballet.com/momo-event. Full text

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