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Self-Care September

Posted about 9 months ago by Meg Raymond

Self-Care September

I am not a hot weather person, and summer is my Grumpy Season.  I am looking forward to September for many reasons.  It should be cooler, and September is Self Care Awareness Month.  I am hoping that the weather cools off quickly so that my self-care routines won’t be completely popsicle and iced beverage based, and might also get me off the sofa!

September is a good time to let Richmond Public Library help you care for yourself.  So get out your library card and read on!  Don’t have a library card?  Find out how to get one here.


Your library card allows you to borrow and enjoy Hoopla econtent everywhere you have a screen – computer, tablet, phone, even most televisions, and some newer cars!  You may borrow up to eight items per month.  Hoopla has so many self-care (or self-care adjacent) offerings, including:

Hoopla BingePasses – with just one Hoopla borrow, get a week of unlimited access to specially curated content including Hallmark movies, King Feature puzzles,  and Curiosity Stream documentaries.  You can also binge on magazines, including titles like Aspire, Bake, The Food Network, HGTV, The Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Prevention, Spirituality & Health, and so many more.

Hoopla Television and Hoopla Movies – there are so many Yoga TV programs!  Plus, programs such as: Medicine & the Media, Skeptics Guide to Health, and Mayo Clinic’s Insomnia, to name a few.  And so many movies, not to mention Hoopla’s Acorn TV, which offers world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond.

Hoopla Great Coursesincludes courses like “Practicing Mindfulness”, “The Science of Natural Healing”. “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”, “Diet & Exercise”, “The Aging Brain”, “Optimizing Brain Fitness”, and “Make Stress Work for You”.

Hoopla pro tip:  download Hoopla content to your phone or tablet in any library branch using RPL wi-fi, and then watch or read at home or on the go.

Magzter – the world’s largest digital newsstand with thousands of magazines and newspapers, made possible through the Library of Virginia. Find magazines under subject headings like: Lifestyle, Home, Religious/Spiritual, Food & Beverage, and Health. So many titles!

Medline Plus – a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) offering high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising. No library card needed to access.

Universal Class – over 500 classes and courses, such as: Alternative Medicine, Health & Medicine, Personal Development, Psychology, Spiritual Studies.  Self-Help titles include: Emotional Healing, Lifetime Wellness, Stress Management, Dream Interpretation, Healing Affirmations, and Meditation.  Use your RPL card to set up an account, and get CE (Continuing Education) credits or certificates for each class. All courses are self-paced.

And just a little further downtown from the main branch of Richmond Public Library you will find the VCU Medical Center Health & Wellness Library – part of VCU Health Libraries.  Open to the public and stocked with up-to-date, easy-to-understand books, magazines, videos, and more.  Staff will help guide you through every step of your search.  No library card needed.

And finally, find books on all aspects of self-care in these new booklists on the RPL Readers page:


Self-Care: Cooking & Eating


Self-Care: Habits & Rituals


Self-Care: Nesting


Self-Care: Other People Matter


Self-Care: Your Body


Self-Care: Your Mind


Meg Raymond

If I'm not librarianing, or chasing one of my plethora of dogs around the yard, I probably have my nose buried in a book. I like all kinds of books. Regency romances - love 'em. Gory police procedurals - yes, ma'am. Historical fiction - please, and thank you. Heavy "literary" titles - shhhh, I may not have actually finished some of those! Off-beat, warped, slightly askew books - oh, yes, indeedy. Violent supernatural fantasy - why not? Chick lit, hen lit, lad lit - yeah, yeah, yeah. What have you read? Need a suggestion, or ten? Get hand-crafted suggestions with The Bookologist

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