Books, Online Resources

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.

Online Resources, Teen Events

CRUSH the SAT, PSAT and ACT! Free Practice Tests @ Your Library

SAT image  We have a bunch of SAT, ACT & PSAT Practice Test days coming up! All practice tests are administered by the Princeton Review. After the test, a representative of the Princeton Review will return to the library (about 1-2 weeks later) to pass out results and give tips on taking the test. To sign up for a any of these Practice Tests, please register for the test with the Princeton Review (put in your zip code and the correct date to find the test at your library). There is limited seating for each test.

Fairfield Library

Saturday, March 19, 2016; 10:00am-2:00pm, PSAT Practice Exam
Thursday, April 07, 2016; 6:30pm, PSAT Practice Exam Review

Call 290-9330 for more information.

Glen Allen Library
Saturday, March 12, 2016; 1:00pm-5:00pm, SAT Practice Exam

Wednesday, March 23, 2016; 7pm, SAT Practice Exam Review

For more information call 290-9500.

Libbie Mill Library

Saturday, January 09, 2016; 10:30am-2:30pm, SAT Practice Exam
Thursday, January 21, 2016; 7pm, SAT Practice Exam Review

Saturday, February 06, 2016; ACT Practice Exam

Monday, February 22, 2016; 7pm, ACT Practice Exam Review

Tuckahoe Library

Saturday, March 19, 2016; 9:00am-1:00pm, SAT Practice Exam
Wednesday, March 30, 2016; 6:30pm, SAT Practice Exam Review

Call 290-9130 for more information.

Twin Hickory Library

Saturday, February 13, 2016; 10:00am-2:00pm, SAT Practice Exam

Thursday, February 25, 2016; 6pm, SAT Practice Exam Review

Saturday, April 02, 2016; 10:00am-2:00pm ACT Practice Exam

Wednesday, April 13, 2016; 6pm, ACT Practice Exam Review

For more information, call 290-9200 x5.

If you can’t attend any of the practice tests, we have another way for you to prep for the SAT (and other tests). We offer a free online prep site called Learning Express Library as well as a ton of study guides in book-form. All you will need to access the site or check out a study guide is your library card number!

Good luck!
Books, Online Resources

Summertime Programmer

Want something to do in the waning days of summer? How about learning to code?  Signing up with Code Academy is free and offers easy tutorials to help you learn a variety of programming languages.

Another helpful site for programming is Bento. This site has compiled different resources set up in a handy guide format to lead you to other sites that will help you learn different programming skills, including how to build phone apps.


You can also do it the old school way and check out some books!




Here’s some fiction titles that have programming, virtual reality, and such as part of their plots