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Twelve Days of Richmond Public Library – Youth Services

Posted about 6 months ago by Beth Morris

Richmond Public Library is your public library. Although books are in our DNA, public libraries of today are so much more. In the spirit of holiday giving, we are presenting (see what we did there?) a series of blog posts highlighting all of the resources available to you — in the library, or at home — to become a Richmond Public Library power user. All you need is a library card. Don’t have a library card? Find out how to get one here.

Today we’re highlighting Youth Services! We have so many programs for our young ones to participate in at the library!

Library Cards

Did you know anyone can get a library card at any age? Parents, all you need to do is come into the library and fill out your child’s information to get a card. Library cards allow you to check out books, media material, and to use our databases and online resources. Don’t want to come in but want to access our online materials? Go on our website and apply for an eCard. It’s easy and immediate!


All of our libraries conduct storytimes for all ages. We have Book Babies for ages 0-18 months, Toddler Time for ages 18-36 months, Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5, and Family Storytime for multiple ages. Our storytimes follow the BASICS curriculum to help provide adults fun ways to read and engage with their children. It also helps with your child’s brain development and attaining the skills they will need to enter school ready to learn.


Our libraries host one or more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities per month for ages 5 and up. Check out the What’s Happening program guide to see what is going on in all the branches each month.

Summer Reading Program

Each summer the library hosts a Summer Reading Program designed to help children keep up their reading skills while out of school. We have fun and engaging system wide programs that go with our theme for the year. For example, this year’s theme is Adventures Begin at Your Library. The State Park Rangers will be doing a program of how to stay safe in nature, how to be a nature conservationist, and how to use our Adventure Completion Prize bag. It’s fun and easy to do! Check back in May for more details.


Richmond Public Library has many databases for children to use. If you are looking for entertainment try Hellosaurus, Libby, Hoopla, or Just for Kids videos. If you are looking for educational materials to use for projects try World Book and Gale in Context: Elementary. For homework help and tutoring, Brainfuse is your go-to source. Ask your librarians to help you with these resources at any time.


Last but certainly NOT least is our mascot Ripple. He is a river otter and loves to come to see the children, especially when they are reading! He makes appearances at various library programs as well as outreach events throughout the year. Keep your eye on our calendar and social media pages to find out when he’ll be around next!

We hope after reading this post you and your children will become Richmond Public Library power users by utilizing all our Youth Services Department has to offer! Also, be sure to check back to read all the Shelf Respect posts on Twelve Days of Richmond Public Library.

Beth Morris

I am a children's librarian with Richmond Public Library. I have been with the library for 13 years with 10 of those years being the Youth Services Coordinator and now the Library Community Services Manager for Youth Services. Before joining the library, I was an elementary teacher in grades 3-5 for 20 years. My passion is working with children and inspiring in them a love of reading.

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