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Groucho Marx

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May 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....

Storytime at Home: Bugs!


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...

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month - YA Collection


Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month from Richmond Public Library! Celebrate by checking out some of our diverse YA books written by AAPI authors and featuring AAPI characters from throughout East, Southeast, & South Asia. Click on the titles below to be linked directly to the book in our catalog. [wpmfpdf id="42331" embed="1"...

Creating Book Lovers: Helping Your Child Become A Lifelong Reader


Our mission here in the Youth Services department at Richmond Public Library is to nurture a love of reading in young children and help them build critical life skills via reading and literacy. As parents, you play a pivotal role in this development as well. We're always looking for new ways to support you in this journey, and want to share with you some research related to supporting not only children's literacy but a child's blossoming love of reading. I recently came across an article published in 2019 titled “Why Some People...

Children's Books Set In Richmond and Virginia! (Part 1)


This is the first 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,...