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By Teens, For Teens - Lock the Doors & All the Bright Places


Welcome back to another "By Teens, For Teens" post! This week we have two read-alikes lists created by VolunTEEN Diya, age 15. Do you enjoy psychological thrillers? Something dark and twisty? Then Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph is for you! And, if you enjoy Lock the Doors, then check out the other books on Diya's read-alikes list. More in the mood for something moody and dramatic? Like books that make you just a little bit sad? Then All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven or other books on this read-alikes list are just the ticket. ...

Supporting Mental Health at the Library

Phil Shepard
August 1, 2022

In July, Virginia implemented the nationwide 988 hotline number to provide free and confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 access to trained counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. And there is tremendous need, given that: In 2020, the U.S. had one death by suicide every 11 minutes.For people ages 10–34, suicide is a leading cause of death. From April 2020 through April 2021, over 100,000 people died from drug...

By Teens, For Teens - Rebecca & One Piece


This week for our By Teens, For Teens blog post, we have two VolunTEENs who submitted reviews for you. Isabelle R., age 16 reviews the gothic classic Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  Then, for a complete change of pace, Jaden L., age 14 reviews the manga series One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Rating: 4 out of 5 stars This book is a gothic mix of romance and thriller, coupling beautiful language with a familiar and intriguing plotline — the secret life of the aristocracy. The...

Public Safety Appreciation Week - July 2022


Richmond City Council and Mayor Stoney officially proclaimed the final week of July annual Public Safety Appreciation Week. You can read the full proclamation here. Richmond Public Library has published materials, newspapers and records related to the history of Richmond's public safety departments. Call the Main Library (101 E. Franklin Street) at 804-646-7223 for more information about historical materials! Below is a list of recently published books on aspects of public safety. Many of them are available in multiple formats: print,...

July Book Chat with the Youth Services Team


Welcome back to the next installment in our new series of blog posts featuring children's books we're currently loving! "Book Chat with the Youth Services Team" features one book recommendation from each of our Youth Services team members. We cover a variety of books from fiction to non-fiction, picture books to chapter books, graphic novels and more! We hope that this month's reading recommendations get you excited about some awesome new books we've added to our collection as well as some oldies but goodies....