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Celebrate the Days - March


March "comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb". This month can have all four seasons! There are holidays and observances every day of the month - so many reasons to celebrate. I'm not saying there should be cake very day, but I'm not saying there shouldn't be cake every day, either. Monthly celebrations: National Craft Month The Richmond Public Library has loads of books on learning all kinds of crafts - search the library catalog using keywords of whatever interests you, or call your local branch for assistance. You can also get out...

Black History Month: Picturing Families


The Association for the Study of African American Life and History develops themes for Black History Month each year. The themes "reflect changes in how people of African descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community." For 2021 the theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity." For many children a picture book is their first window to the world outside their daily experience. Most would like to see themselves...

2021 Teen Reading Challenge: Teen Activists


Welcome back! Can you believe we are already in to month two of our 2021 RPL Teen Reading Challenge?! How is it going for you so far? As I mentioned in my last post, I'll be doing the challenge in order — but this does not mean you have to! This month for the blog I am highlighting reading material by or about teen activists. I chose this as one of the prompts because I am absolutely blown away by all of the young activists throughout the world today. And, aside from the ones who make the news, I know there are many young activists in our...