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11 Interesting Reads by and about Interesting Women

1. Marley Dias gets it Done, and So Can You! by Marley Dias, founder of #1000blackgirlbooks, with forward by Ava DuVernay! Mark your calendars, book lovers, because Marley Dias will be HERE, at your very own Richmond Public Library, on May 5th! More details coming soon. 2. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the […]

Oscar who? It’s almost time for the French Film Festival!

Now that we have the Oscars out of the way, on to the important business of preparing for the VCU French Film Festival! Here is the breakdown from our resident French film expert, Robert of Westover Hills: It’s time once again for my favorite Richmond weekend of the year!  After last year’s week-long 25th anniversary […]

New books to celebrate Black Lives (and not just in February)

February is a short month with a big heart. Many of us are desperate for winter to end when it feels like we are doomed to wear heavy coats against chill winds forever, but if you take a walk on a nice day like we had here yesterday, look around you and see the bravest […]

Get it done with your library card: Grants, The Foundation Center, and You

Did you know your library can help you access free funding information? Allow me to tell you about The Foundation Center at the Richmond Public Library. The Foundation Center is an organization dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their […]

What’s your first read of 2018?

Having just devoured my first books of the new year, The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, I’m feeling like 2018 is going to be a good year for reading. The Power is a pretty darn satisfying read, especially for women. The novel presents a world in which young women find […]

New year, new titles for youth!

Picture books continue to grow in popularity with new authors and illustrators plus old favorites stretching the boundaries of the 32-page norm.  Stop by your local library and check them out! The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein Best known for his Caldecott winner The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Mordicai Gerstein is a […]

Read Harder, Smaller, in 2018

Book Riot has challenged us once again to Read Harder with a list of reading challenges for 2018. You can find neat recommendations all over, such as here and here. And of course, here. Welcome to the Richmond Public Library very long list of recommendations to tackle Book Riot’s admirable annual challenge post. I want to combine the […]

Resolve to Read Small in 2018

Huh? Small presses, I mean. They make a big impact! If you’re looking for daring, inventive, exciting new voices, award-winning books, books that make you go “hmmm!”, then look to the little guys, many of which are nonprofits motivated more by art than profit. These are a few of my favorite small presses: Coffeehouse Press “is […]

Best of 2017: Staff Picks

We believe that books make great gifts so, just in time for you last minute shoppers, here is our gift to you: the ultimate list of Richmond Public Library staff picks from 2017. Nideria: You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. I love this book because it has helped me to develop a […]

‘Tis the Season…

Is your favorite Christmas movie Gremlins, or Die Hard? Well, we’re here today with 5 gif reasons why your favorite should be Desk Set. For those not yet in the know, Desk Set is the 1957 romantic comedy about a news librarian (Katherine Hepburn) afraid a new computer will automate her out of a job. […]

On Millennials, Minimalism, Self-Sufficiency… and Library Use

Two of the biggest trends among Millennials in 2017 are de-cluttering our lives (thanks in part to Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) and becoming more self-sufficient as we bake our own bread or raise adorable urban chickens. And maybe that’s why Millennials are the biggest users of public libraries in America today […]