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A few new LGBTQ reads for your Pride Month reading list

Bingo Love is the most enjoyable romantic graphic novel I have ever encountered. I read it three times and don’t even like romance. Hazel and Mari meet and fall in love at church bingo in the early 60s but their families and society keep them apart. They reunite and rekindle many years later, and then […]

Mental Health Books for Teens

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan, I will admit, is a hefty book.  It is long and it is deep but it captivated me from page one and before I knew it the book was over and I was left empty (in a good way).  It was the kind of empty […]

Social Justice Books for Teens

I recently read the book Dear Martin by Nic Stone and was captivated by its powerful portrayal of a young black teen’s experiences with racism and police brutality in the United States today.  Justyce McAllister is a good kid. He’s an honor student, on the debate team, and has a solid group of friends. He […]

Staff Picks: Science Fiction and Fantasy

It’s finally May (May the 4th be with you!) so if you’re like us, you’re already picking out your summer books for parks, beach, and plane reading. Aren’t you? Well, I’m here to offer up a few picks from the realm of the imaginary but not impossible. Ambiguity Machines and other stories by Vendana Singh […]

A Poem for the Dreamers

Who doesn’t love Jason Reynolds, right?!  So when I saw his newest book, For Every One, I knew I had to pick it up. Full disclosure, poetry isn’t typically my thing.  I often find it lofty, and elitist. However, this book, and Reynolds himself, is anything but.   Reynolds began this work years ago, before […]

Poetry to survive the “Cruelest Month”

April, it turns out, is not just the cruelest month (as an allergy sufferer, this speaks to me), but also National Poetry Month, and financial capability month. I couldn’t find much finance oriented poetry (unless of course you read Jess Walters’ delightful The Financial Lives of the Poets, which you should) so instead I’ll focus on […]

Get it done with your library card: Be your own boss

Forbes said that Richmond is among the 10 up-and-coming cities for entrepreneurs: “[…]Richmond is now a thriving arts and cultural mecca. The startup scene is booming and tax incentives are driving more and more businesses to relocate to the area. Backed by and excellent source of talent from area schools like Virginia Commonwealth University and […]

11 Interesting Reads by and about Interesting Women

1. Marley Dias gets it Done, and So Can You! by Marley Dias, founder of #1000blackgirlbooks, with forward by Ava DuVernay! Mark your calendars, book lovers, because Marley Dias will be HERE, at your very own Richmond Public Library, on May 5th! More details coming soon. 2. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the […]

Oscar who? It’s almost time for the French Film Festival!

Now that we have the Oscars out of the way, on to the important business of preparing for the VCU French Film Festival! Here is the breakdown from our resident French film expert, Robert of Westover Hills: It’s time once again for my favorite Richmond weekend of the year!  After last year’s week-long 25th anniversary […]

New books to celebrate Black Lives (and not just in February)

February is a short month with a big heart. Many of us are desperate for winter to end when it feels like we are doomed to wear heavy coats against chill winds forever, but if you take a walk on a nice day like we had here yesterday, look around you and see the bravest […]

Get it done with your library card: Grants, The Foundation Center, and You

Did you know your library can help you access free funding information? Allow me to tell you about The Foundation Center at the Richmond Public Library. The Foundation Center is an organization dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their […]