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New books to go crazy for

Have I told you to run right out and get the highly anticipated first novel of acclaimed short story writer George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo, yet? Well, consider yourself told. Do yourself a favor though and get both the text and the audiobook versions. There is something very special about both works and you’ll enjoy […]

We’ve switched to a new platform.

After many years of “bloggering”, the RPL Staff Picks Blog will be moving to the website during #NationalLibraryWeek (April 9th-15th). We’ll be on break this week while we make the switch so go ask Mayor Stoney what he recommends you read next when he visits Broad Rock this Sunday to kick off our week-long […]

And then the murders began.

Game time! The internet is always up to no good and we are not above jumping into the fray when it comes to literary nonsense. Lately there have been a lot of posts swirling about online with folks adding “And then the murders began.” as the second line to famous books. In some cases, this […]

We made it!

The 25th Annual Richmond French Film Festival, co-sponsored by VCU and UR, is upon us and promises to be the best yet!  Not only is the festival occurring over a full week at both the Byrd Theatre and the University of Richmond but there are also special events scattered throughout, such as a live concert by […]

Dublin International Literary Award 2018

…yet so little time. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to blog about our Dublin picks on St. Patrick’s Day, could I?Every year, the RPL Dubliners read literally hundreds of new books and keep notes on our favorites to nominate for the Dublin Literary Award, then get together in the dead of winter and fight […]


It’s not all fantastic fiction here in blogland, sometimes we like to get a little dirty out in the garden (and listen to an audiobook!), make our own clothes (while listening to an audiobook!), do some repairs around the house (while listening to an…you get the idea), and even make our own darn shoes (audiobooooook!). […]

Everybody loves a flowchart!

Sometimes you just don’t know what you want to read so we came up with a flowchart to help. Or do you prefer GIF-advisory? I want a book that makes me… Check out Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran to feel like laughing with your bestie, until something embarrassing happens. I want a book that makes me… Check […]

Art in the Richmond Planet

This image appeared at the top of the Richmond Planet, the country’s longest-running weekly black newspaper, beginning in 1895. Its artist, John Mitchell, Jr., was the paper’s editor and first editorial cartoonist, as well as being, over the course of a life that began in slavery in 1863, a teacher, an alderman, an activist, and […]

Gettin’ nostalgic for…

The 2008 financial crisis?The Futures by Anna Pitoniak is the ticket back to the financial crisis of ’08 that nobody asked for. If you get misty for the days of fallen hedge fund heroes this should satisfy your inexplicable craving for that dismal period of recent memory. Meet Julia and Evan (*eyeroll*), young Yale graduates […]

Read Harder 2017: One book to rule them all?

How’s your challenge going? Struggling to find the time to read? (ME TOO.) So, looking to check off a few list items with just one book? We’ve got you covered! Check out Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran for four challenges in one book!Those challenges are:#2: Read a debut novel. (Sekaran’s first!)#4: Read a book set […]

Check out our “best sellers” from 2016!

Every year we like to share our “best sellers” list from the year before– the top ten most checked out books in the city of Richmond from 2016. Last year’s numbers were interesting for a variety of reasons, especially for the fact that two locations were closed for half the year. If we look at […]