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Shelf Respect

News, reviews, and ideas you can use from librarians and library staff at RPL

Browsing the New Book Shelves: new nonfiction about work

Posted about 18 hours ago by Meg Raymond
At Richmond Public Library, you can always peruse the Latest Releases page on the library’s website, and now that we’ve moved into the next phase of limited re-opening, the new book shelves […]
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COVID Haiku

Posted about 4 days ago by Laura Price
Posted in Poetry, Writing
Gentle, dappled light,Through semi-shaded windows,Waiting for someone. Eyes above the masks,Fearful yet still hopeful–Can I be of help? Masks cannot obscureSmiles and grins and gladness.We are glad you’re here! Someone […]
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Browsing the New Book Shelves: new nonfiction books about your brain

Posted about 1 week ago by Meg Raymond
At Richmond Public Library, you can always peruse the Latest Releases page on the library’s website, and now that we’ve moved into the next phase of limited re-opening, the new book shelves […]
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The Declaration of Independence Today

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Kathy Coker
Posted in Book Reviews
On July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. However, the legal separation from England actually happened on July 2, 1776, when the delegates […]
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Browsing the New Book Shelves (While You Can’t), part 3: new books of interest to women

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Meg Raymond
While the library buildings are closed to the public for everyone’s safety, mail delivery never stopped! Library staff have been working behind the scenes, receiving and processing books and other […]
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It’s Okay to NOT Be Okay

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Naomi D'Archangel
Posted in Inform * Enrich * Empower | Tagged with
Absolutely everyone is going through at least something. Most are having to deal with more than one worry. Know this also, just because someone may have it worse than you does not mean your troubles aren't worth concern. You. Are. VALID.
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2020 Queer YA Books to Add to Your TBR

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Jennifer Deuell
Readers, this year’s Pride post is going to be a little different. I always strive to include a diverse group of books and authors whenever I create a booklist; however, […]
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Browsing the New Book Shelves (While You Can’t), part 2: new African-American nonfiction

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Meg Raymond
While the library buildings are closed to the public for everyone’s safety, mail delivery never stopped! Library staff have been working behind the scenes, receiving and processing books and other […]
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What Is Juneteenth? 

Posted about 4 weeks ago by Kathy Coker
News of Slavery’s End Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, is the oldest national celebration of slavery’s end in the United States. On June 19, 1865 Union Major General Gordon Granger […]
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No Quarter to Citizens?

Posted about 4 weeks ago by Meldon Jenkins-Jones
On Monday, June 1, 2020 war veteran and junior Senator from Arkansas, Attorney Thomas Bryant Cotton, used the phrase “no quarter” and has been at the center of controversy. I, […]
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