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Road Trip Audio to Download…Free!

Late summer road trip in your future?  Check out this week’s downloads from SyncAudiobooks for Teens. Three weeks of great titles left for this summer, with two titles each week.  All you need is Overdrive for your iOS, Android, Kindle or Windows phone, or download to your Mac or PC.  Get the app here. This […]

Life imitating Art/Art Imitating Life, or, news stories we’d like to see fictionalized

Security Robot Commits Suicide Is the natural consequence of sophisticated AI going to be sad robots? NPR got me all misty thinking about Steve, the loneliest robot: “The roughly 5-foot tall robot was apparently nicknamed Steve by people in the Washington Harbour office complex. Steve whistled, beeped and rolled over the plaza, alert to pick […]

Motel of the Mysteries

What books from your childhood still have a hold on you as an adult? Do you think of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie every time something in your life snowballs out of control? Did the Berenstain vs. Berenstein revelation blow your mind? Do you automatically put on a Grover voice when you think […]

Revisited, reinvented, reimagined

Ah, the agony and ecstasy of being a librarian–surrounded by all the books I could ever hope to read and no time to read them. My TBR (to be read) pile grows ever larger, placed into peculiar thematically linked sub-piles. My latest batch of reads was from a sub-pile rich in literature re-imagined. Some were […]

The Glitch Ramblings of Iphone’s Quicktype

The modern human life is mostly dependent on technology. We are connected. We wear our computers on our wrists, reminding us to not forget to breathe. They’re in our back pockets, 1300 times more powerful than the onboard computers that took Apollo 11 to the moon. Our refrigerators know when the milk is getting low […]

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 […]