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Can’t Get Enough of The Darkest Minds? Try these page-turners…

Are you a fan of Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds?  Were you one of the first to see the movie this week?  If you’re like me, the answer is YES! And, you’re also craving more YA dystopian with a side of teen supehero.  Try some of these recommendations: Enclave by Ann Aguirre In a post-apocalyptic future, […]

Beat the heat with some chilling reads

OK, it’s raining and a little cooler outside but we will soon find ourselves back in the sweltering swamp of August so we have a few chilling thrills to keep in mind for your summer reading adventures. We love Paul Tremblay, and we think you will too. A Head Full of Ghosts surprised and terrified […]

Summer Reads to Give You the Chills (Teen Edition)

I don’t know about you, but in the summer I typically like to read some good beach reads.  This year, however, I just haven’t been feeling it. So I decided to get out of my reading “box” and try something a little off-season – a thriller.  Allegedly, by Tiffany D. Jackson, is the story of […]

See the World in 10 new books

We’re back this week with some packing suggestions for your travel reading pleasure. These books are also a good substitute if, like me, you aren’t going anywhere for a while. See the world, or at least read about it, with these new books: Umami by Laia Jufresa (Mexico) A moving story of grief told from […]

A few new LGBTQ reads for your Pride Month reading list

Bingo Love is the most enjoyable romantic graphic novel I have ever encountered. I read it three times and don’t even like romance. Hazel and Mari meet and fall in love at church bingo in the early 60s but their families and society keep them apart. They reunite and rekindle many years later, and then […]

Mental Health Books for Teens

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan, I will admit, is a hefty book.  It is long and it is deep but it captivated me from page one and before I knew it the book was over and I was left empty (in a good way).  It was the kind of empty […]

Social Justice Books for Teens

I recently read the book Dear Martin by Nic Stone and was captivated by its powerful portrayal of a young black teen’s experiences with racism and police brutality in the United States today.  Justyce McAllister is a good kid. He’s an honor student, on the debate team, and has a solid group of friends. He […]

Staff Picks: Science Fiction and Fantasy

It’s finally May (May the 4th be with you!) so if you’re like us, you’re already picking out your summer books for parks, beach, and plane reading. Aren’t you? Well, I’m here to offer up a few picks from the realm of the imaginary but not impossible. Ambiguity Machines and other stories by Vendana Singh […]

A Poem for the Dreamers

Who doesn’t love Jason Reynolds, right?!  So when I saw his newest book, For Every One, I knew I had to pick it up. Full disclosure, poetry isn’t typically my thing.  I often find it lofty, and elitist. However, this book, and Reynolds himself, is anything but.   Reynolds began this work years ago, before […]

Poetry to survive the “Cruelest Month”

April, it turns out, is not just the cruelest month (as an allergy sufferer, this speaks to me), but also National Poetry Month, and financial capability month. I couldn’t find much finance oriented poetry (unless of course you read Jess Walters’ delightful The Financial Lives of the Poets, which you should) so instead I’ll focus on […]

Get it done with your library card: Be your own boss

Forbes said that Richmond is among the 10 up-and-coming cities for entrepreneurs: “[…]Richmond is now a thriving arts and cultural mecca. The startup scene is booming and tax incentives are driving more and more businesses to relocate to the area. Backed by and excellent source of talent from area schools like Virginia Commonwealth University and […]