• Urban Libraries Council Innovation Award

Organizational Change and Strategic Management - Honorable Mention

The Chesterfield County Public Library Learning Pod program is a rapid, iterative response to the post-COVID 100% virtual school learning environment. All 10 branches opened to safely accommodate grassroots learning pods needing library technology, safe spaces and staff expertise, offering teachers and families a new model for student learning. See the details from Urban Libraries Council


  • Urban Libraries Council Innovation Award

Customer Experience Award - Honorable Mention

Through partnerships with eight local museums, the Museum Pass Project provides 21 curated messenger bags for checkout. Each bag contains one family pass to a museum and a varying combination of books, DVDs, unique toys, educational brochures and maps related to each museum.
See the details from Urban Libraries Council


  • NACo - National Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Chesterfield County Public Library with four 2018 Achievement Awards for innovative programs. The awards represent the library’s priority in working with residents to develop innovative, transformative programs.
The programs are:

Breaking Barriers Behind Bars

A program designed to establish relationships with teens in the Chesterfield Juvenile Detention Home, through book discussions and learning plans.

My First School Bus

A program involving a partnership with Chesterfield County Police and Chesterfield County Public Schools that introduces rising kindergartners to school bus safety.

Teen Financial Literacy

A grant-funded program that provided workshops and exhibits to teach teens and tweens about financial management.

CCPL Toy Collection

An assortment of age- and educationally-appropriate toys for check-out.


  • NACo - National Association of Counties
  • VACo - Virginia Association of Counties

Play Smart with Toddlers

Chesterfield County Public Library has been recognized by both the Virginia Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties for it Play Smart with Toddlers program.

Chesterfield County Public Library constructed a new and exciting program that supports early literacy and child development. The Play Smart with Toddlers program provides a comfortable atmosphere for parents to enjoy a session of play with their child while learning from experts about how play supports their child’s development and encourages early literacy skills. Children improve their socialization skills in a safe environment, while parents connect with community professionals with various areas of expertise related to children aged 0 to 3. Library staff identify and coordinate the experts through partnerships with county departments and other local and regional organizations.


  • NACo - National Association of Counties

Library as Lifeboat: A Library and Emergency Management Partnership

The library has become a key player in the county’s response to emergencies. Libraries provide daytime shelter, computer access, the chance to charge phones and laptops, an access point for information, and a place to distribute emergency meals.

Exploring Human Origins: A Community Conversation

With a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, CCPL engaged the public in an open discussion about the origin and evolution of humankind. Lectures from local universities, speakers from the Smithsonian, and community discussions made up this highly participatory suite of programs.

Ladders to Success - Connecting the Community with Jobs

Meadowdale Library’s Ladders to Success is “not your ordinary job fair.” This event connects residents with jobs in the Meadowdale community, while CCPL guides job-seekers through the entire job search process. Workshops and one-on-one appointments help job-seekers gain the skills they need for the job they want.


  • NACo - National Association of Counties

CCPL Job Skills Technology Program

The Job Skills Technology Program increases computer literacy for job seekers in Chesterfield County. The Central Branch of the Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) in partnership with the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services (Social Services) created a curriculum to address gaps in knowledge in current technologies that can hinder today’s job seeker.