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Faith Benson, recipient of the Ann M. Martin School Librarians’ Learning for Life Scholarship, was congratulated by Suzanna Panter, Alice Anne Ellis, and her mother. Alice Anne and Christina Thatcher (not pictured) are Faith’s high school librarians at Henrico High School.

Our mission is to empower students and staff to become critical thinkers,enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.


Open and Flexible Access
The Henrico school libraries operate on an open and flexible access schedule. Students may come to the library at any time, individually, in small groups, or with their entire class.


Library Program
Instruction comes from the library and the classroom teacher co-planning to create lessons that incorporate the national library learning standards, AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner, with the Henrico Essentials of the Curriculum and the Virginia Standards of Learning. The library program goals are grounded in the guidelines from Empowering Learners which focus on moving the library to an environment with fluid boundaries, layered by diverse student needs, and influenced by an interactive global community. The Henrico school library program is based on the principles found in these standards and guidelines. Henrico librarians are dedicated to create learners for life by developing student dispositions, responsibilities, skills, and self-assessment strategies.


As a complement to our on-site print collections and eBooks, Library Services subscribes to online resources to support staff and student research. Links to these resources can be accessed via School Library Resources.


School Library Essentials of the Curriculum are used as a guide in the library program to insure that learners use skills, resources, and tools to:

  • Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge

  • Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations and create new knowledge

  • Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society

  • Pursue personal and aesthetic growth


Suzanna L. Panter, Educational Specialist

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