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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...

hoopla Binge Passes for Kids

Jennifer Deuell
February 24, 2023

hoopla is a web and mobile library streaming service that RPL provides to our patrons completely free! Through it you can access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, comics, music, and even TV shows. The best part is that you never have to wait to borrow a title. Every borrow is instantaneous. This is sooooo nice when you're just dying to watch something or you need that book for your book club that's meeting...tomorrow. In addition to the perk of instantaneous borrows, hoopla also offers something called a BingePass. These are passes to...

Read Like a President


"Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you." Barack Obama   Throughout our nation's 247-year history, only 47 men have held the title of President of the United States. From those first days of George Washington’s leadership to our current administration, these 47 individuals have profoundly shaped our country and the world as we know it. These men helped create one of the first modern democracies. They led the United States through countless conflicts, economic struggles, and wars. Each...