Effective September 23, 2021, and until further directed, all city employees, contracted vendors, sub-contracted employees, and visitors are required to wear a mask while working or visiting any city owned or operated facility. Masks shall be worn, covering both the nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status.

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Master Gardener Virtual Help Desk


When the pandemic began in Spring 2020, the Richmond Public Library and Richmond Master Gardeners created the Virtual Help Desk, a way for people to connect with experts for all gardening-related questions. The questions continue to come in steadily, and thanks to our online database, the answer you seek may already be available! Check out the Virtual Help Desk here Simply submit your question and your answer will be privately emailed back to you and posted on our question and answer forum. It's that simple! Virginia Extension Master...

2021 Teen Reading Challenge: Something You've Always Wanted to Learn About


Well readers, we've made it to the end of the 2021 RPL Teen Reading Challenge! This post highlights Prompt #12, our last official prompt. Prompt #12 asks you to read a book (or other resource) that teaches you something you've always wanted to learn about. For obvious reasons, this was a difficult post to pull together. I wish I had the inside scoop on what all teens what to learn about. But, sadly, I don't. So I used this as an opportunity to highlight some of the awesome YA nonfiction books that I  think often get overlooked.  These books...

Veterans Day


"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations." Woodrow Wilson It was supposed to be over by Christmas of 1914. Instead, World War I, or the Great War, as Europeans still refer to it, slogged on for four years. Carnage of an...

Music of the Month - November 2021

Ben Himmelfarb
November 6, 2021

MUSIC OF THE MONTH IS A MONTHLY ROUND-UP OF RPL’S MUSIC-RELATED PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES.   Gellman Room Concerts The 2021-2022 Gellman Room Concert season is here! You can always watch past concerts on RPL’s YouTube page. Sigma Alpha IotaSaturday, November 6 at 2:00 PM The Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity, presents a mix of classical and popular selections featuring pianists, vocalists, and other instrumentalists. RVA BaroqueSaturday, November 20 at 2:00...

National American Indian Heritage Month

kathryn Coker
November 1, 2021

Introduction National American Indian Heritage Month has particular significance to Virginia, home to eleven state recognized American Indian tribes. “State recognition is the formal declaration of recognition to an American Indian tribe located in Virginia by the Commonwealth.” [https://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/virginia-indians/state-recognized-tribes/] The recognition procedure is meant to distinguish Native American tribes that were here before European migration. Virginia has used various processes and benchmarks to do...