Richmond Public Library Staff Picks

News, reviews, and ideas you can use from librarians and library staff at RPL

RPL Blog

Podcast Episode #1: Did you miss Girls of Summer?

On Wednesday, June 21st, Richmond Young Writers got the opportunity to ask Newbery Honor Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia all about becoming an author.  Lucky for you, we’ve snagged a recording of her interview.  Girls of Summer is an annual event at Richmond Public Library celebrating books and strong girls. This is not your typical school summer […]

My Summer with Jay

Whether it was required summer reading for AP English or Freshman Core class (an interdisciplinary mashup of lit, economics and anthropology), I cannot be sure. What I do recall is that The Great Gatsby came with a fair amount of hype. My dad, my high school counselor, several friends—all remarked that I was really going […]

Wondering what Girls of Summer (which starts tonight!) is all about?

Come celebrate seven years of fun with books, food, giveaways and meet our guest author Rita Williams-Garcia. Read all about the event and the guest author Rita Williams-Garcia from the Richmond Times Dispatch article, “Read Towards Your Dreams” from June 17, 2017. Or listen to the Virginia Currents from the Community Idea Station  featured interview […]

Tomorrow Night, Girls of Summer Kickoff Party!

Come celebrate seven years of fun with books, food, giveaways and meet our guest author Rita Williams-Garcia. Free and open to the public from 7pm to 9pm at Richmond Main Library. Read all about the event and the guest author Rita Williams-Garcia from the Richmond Times Dispatch article, “Read Towards Your Dreams” from June 17, […]

SRP Haiku

Fewer students here: Backpacks full, homework in hand— Summer has arrived!   Now some time for fun, Playing indoors and outside, Feeling sun and breeze.   Summer reading starts– Crafting, music and cool treats; Special guests and games.   Sharing adventures With books, e-books, tablets, more; Watching our lists grow.   Who’ll win the big […]

In the mood for something a little different?

I was delighted to discover that the author of the book I was reading last week was also one of the masterminds behind the joyful idea of Drag Queen Story Time (you may have read about it) at the Brooklyn Public Library. The book, by Michelle Tea, is Black Wave. Published by the Feminist Press, Black […]

Two tiny books, two elusive films, two fascinating women

I somehow ended up with these two curiously linked books at the same time without first realizing the connection they shared. Content and style wise they are quite different, but both center on, or are the product of, two fascinating, brilliant, one-time film making women who left this mortal coil way too early. Whatever Happened […]

Rainy May Reflections

I once worked for one of the big box bookstores. During training I was told that, when helping a customer find a potential purchase, I should put the book, movie, etc., in his or her hands when found. For the most part, once a person was able to hold, consider and look at the item, […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

I don’t know about you, dear readers, but my mom gave me my love of libraries, reading, and sharing books. Growing up in a military family we moved a lot so we relied on a few orienting rituals to feel at home again after pulling up stakes so often. First: every box had to be unpacked […]

“The Best We Could Do”

I am just about half-way through an excellent graphic novel called “The Best We Could Do.” It’s the memoir of a Vietnamese refugee named Thi Bui, who recounts the struggles and milestones she and her family experienced both in Vietnam and the US. What I like about the work: the narrative flows easily through the […]

Make time and space for Time and Space

It appears as though one of my favorites, The Book of Strange New Things, has been adapted into an Amazon series pilot: Oasis. The single episode offering has already diverted pretty sharply from Michel Faber’s novel, but at the risk of being That Guy, you know the one who moans “The book was better”, I’ll just say it’s […]