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International Transgender Day of Visibility


What is this day, why does it exist, and how does one celebrate it? I'm glad you asked! The What This day (often shortened to TDoV) celebrates trans, nonbinary, agender, and gender expansive people worldwide exactly as they are as well as raises awareness of the discrimination faced by trans** people worldwide. Started in 2009, this holiday was founded by transgender activist Rachel Crandall as a result of being frustrated that the only transgender focused holiday was Transgender Day of Remembrance which focuses on lives that have been...

March Book Chat with the Youth Services Team


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....

Tax Time!


It's everyone's favorite time of year... tax season! Taxes leave many of us confused and frustrated, but Richmond Public Libraries are here to help. Read on to learn more about filing your taxes worry free. The deadline for filing your taxes this year falls on April 18th. Why not the 15th, like most years? Since the 15th falls on a Saturday, the IRS opted to extend the deadline by a few days. This gives you a few extra days to get everything completed. Do-It-Yourself If your adjusted gross income is $73,000 or less, you qualify for IRS...

YA Reads Best Served Cold


In honor of the Ides of March, I thought I'd put together a little booklist for you full of YA books all about revenge. Who does revenge better than a teen scorned? No one! Whether scorned by love, embroiled in an age-old feud, or taking a stance against the patriarchy, literary teens just have a way of exacting the most brutal forms of vengeance. I'm sure at one point or another, many of us have been wronged and fantasized about retribution. But, if you're like me, you would never actually go through with it. So let's live vicariously through...

Iranian Lit @ RPL


In ancient Persia, the mythological hero Rostam performed seven labors in order to prove his worthiness. He slew dragons and villains and overcame adversities with his superhuman strength. Modern Iranians must wish that Rostam were alive today and aiding them in their fight for freedom. The images of hijab protests, street violence, and military force are only some of what is shown when Iranians voice their opposition today. One cannot help but be moved by scenes of women slicing off their hair, rioters, bloodied and confused, being hustled...