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2021 Teen Reading Challenge: Shared Talents

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Welcome to month five of the 2021 RPL Teen Writing Challenge. How's it been going?? If you're completing the challenge in order, this month you'll be focusing on prompt #5 — "Read something by or about a teen who shares one of your talents." Well, let me tell you, this was a hard post to write! That is because you teens are so stinking talented. I did a quick survey on our Teen Discord Server to see which talents you'd like me to cover, and there were a lot! I've tried to combine as many as I could into a few broad categories but this is by...

Slice-of-life graphic novels for all ages

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So when I say "slice of life," you might be wondering what that means in terms of genre. In slice-of-life fiction, the story focuses on a short episode in a character's life, usually incorporating mundane aspects of their daily routine as a way to discuss the character's interior world. It doesn't generally emphasize plot development (or it at least always plays second fiddle to character development). Slice-of-life graphic novels have this way of always feeling cozy; even when characters are dealing with tough topics, those topics are...

COLONIAL FOUNDERS DAY: And Searching RPL’s New Catalog

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May 10, 2021
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In 2004, the Virginia General Assembly designated May 14th as Colonial Founders Day.  So, I decided for this blog to give a short historical overview of Jamestown and then launch into how we can learn more by searching the library’s new, user friendly catalog. Historical Overview At the direction of King James I, in December 1606, 104 settlers (immigrants) sailed from London with Virginia Company of London orders to construct a stable settlement, discover gold, and find a water way to the Pacific. On May 14, 1607, the...

Music of the Month - May 2021

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Music of the Month is a monthly round-up of RPL's programs and resources related to music. May 2021 Gellman Room Concerts @ RPL Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 2:00 pm, to be livestreamed from the Gellman Room: “A Musical Aviary”—a celebration of our feathered friends with music of composers Camille Saint-Saens, Somei Satoh, Howard Swanson, and Jen Sichler and literature presented by the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia. Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 2:00 pm, to be livestreamed from the Gellman Room: “Sing...

MEDICAL INJUSTICES

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Great strides in medical history have often been made as a result of research and experimentation, and the first human successes were arguably the result of successful experiments, often on animals.  As recently as October 2017, an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch stated, “Researchers at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond have induced heart attacks in dogs, surgically implanted pacemakers into them and trained them to run on treadmills, all in the name of studying heart health in humans.”...