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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


    Community

    MADD walk raises more than $26,000

    The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.

    Varina Ruritans honor students

    The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

    The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

    The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

    Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


    For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

    The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

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    Entertainment

    Weekend Top 10


    Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

    Restaurant watch

    Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

    A fun, fuzzy ride

    ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

    Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

    They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

    As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

    Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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