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November Book Chat with the Youth Services Team


Welcome to the latest 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....

Author Talk: Margaret Edds & "What The Eyes Can't See"


Margaret Edds will discuss her new book and sign copies available for purchase from Book People. Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 6:30 pm in the Gellman Room at the Main Library From Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's "blackface scandal" could have destroyed any politician. The photo of Governor Northam purportedly in blackface created a firestorm not only locally but also in every political sphere. What the Eyes Can't See details why Northam's career did not end with the scandal, and how it made him a...

Library Myths


#1 Libraries only have books In addition to books (both large-print and standard) we have audio book cd's, DVD's, graphic novels for all ages, sheet music, music cd's, zines, book club kits, Virginia State Park backpacks, and magazines for you to check out. All branches have public use computers and usually a notary on staff (please call ahead of time for this free service and don't sign anything until the notary gives you the okay). Most branches have daily newspapers you can read in-house; Richmond Times Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, New...

Read a Celeb Memoir — 2022 RAD Reading Challenge for Teens


Hey hey readers! Welcome back to my next installment of the RAD Reading Challenge...RPL Style! For those of you that are new here, I've taken on local book blogger Rachel Dawson's 2022 reading challenge. But, I'm doing it with all YA books! It's been fun so far and if you'd like to go back and read any of my prior posts, they're all linked at the end. The prompt just completed was to "read a celeb memoir." This one was tough! There aren't that many celeb memoirs written for teen readers. So, for all you celebrities out there reading my blog...

New Art at Main! The Conjurer Revealed...


The City of Richmond Public Art Commission & Richmond Public Library invite you to a talk by artist Rob Womack to celebrate the reinstallation of his multi-panel painting, The Conjuror Revealed. Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM in the Special Collections Room at the Main Library Originally commissioned by the PAC in 1994 for the Landmark Theater, The Conjuror Revealed was placed in storage in 2012, when the building closed for renovation to later reopen as the Altria Theater. It was most recently seen in Coloratura’s 2018...