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Celebrate Juneteenth with RPL's YA Collection

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Juneteenth marks a very important day in American history. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and around 2,000 Union troops ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, freeing the final 250,000 former slaves. Now celebrated as a National Day of Observance, Richmond Public Library wishes to honor its cultural significance by providing a recommended list of resources to learn more about the holiday as well as a curated collection of YA books for young adult readers to celebrate many of the...

June Book Chat with the Youth Services Team

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Welcome to the another installment in our 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....

Storytime at Home: Beach Days

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Welcome to the Storytime at Home series! Every other week, we share a list of book options tied to a kid-approved theme, a craft you can set up to go along with the theme, songs/rhymes you can do during storytime, and additional enrichment activities. All books are available at Richmond Public Library, and crafts will involve items you likely have at home already! Our hope is that we can make it easy for you to share stories with your little ones and create a little bit of library magic at home.  P.S. Love library storytimes? Take a...

Celebrating YA LGBTQ+ Voices

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Happy Pride Month from Richmond Public Library! Celebrate by checking out some of our diverse YA books written by LGBTQ+ authors and/or featuring LGBTQ+ main characters. [wpmfpdf id="42790" embed="1"...

Children's Books Set In Richmond and Virginia! (Part 2)

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This is the 2nd installment of a series of blog posts highlighting children's books that include Richmond and Virginia as the location. It is always fun to read books that take place where we live.  Seeing our Virginia cities and counties mentioned in the pages of a book gives one a special connection to what is being read.  Richmond Public Library has many children's books in our collection with settings that take place in Richmond and Virginia.  Both fiction and non-fiction selections are included with a brief description,...