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Shelf Respect

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

Under the radar: Coming soon from indie presses and new in translation

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
Pardon me, I’m just coming down from the experience of taking in the new Colson Whitehead novel, The Nickel Boys, in one sitting and having a hard time focusing on […]
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Read Harder Challenge #11: Fruits Basket & Read Harder Challenge #12: Maus

Posted about 1 year ago by Jennifer Deuell
Prompt #11: A book of manga Ok, try not to be too appalled by what you are about to read…this is my first time reading manga.  I know, I know.  […]
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Richmond Public Library – Moments in Time

Posted about 1 year ago by Meg Raymond
Posted in Book Reviews
The history of Richmond Public Library began a century before the first library building opened.  The library timeline is a fascinating glimpse of readers (and movers and shakers) of a […]
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Summer Reading Program: Explore Your World – Dragons

Posted about 1 year ago by Naomi D'Archangel
Hello friends! Summer is in full swing now and our libraries are hopping with fun activities! From Lego Robotics Club and Mandalas to Candy Sushi and Puppet Shows, there’s something […]
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Read Harder Challenge #10: A Translated Book and/or Translated by a Woman

Posted about 1 year ago by Jennifer Deuell
Posted in Book Reviews
Ok, first things first.  I am way behind on this challenge.  I believe we are in week 25 of the year and I’m only on book 10.  That’s terrible!  I […]
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Read Around the World

Posted about 1 year ago by Meg Raymond
Posted in Book Reviews
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Summer Reading Program: Explore Your World – Cinderella

Posted about 1 year ago by Naomi D'Archangel
It’s that time of year friends! Summer fun in the sun! Your Richmond Public Library is full of activities that follow along with our theme this year of Explore Your […]
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The Art of Reading Several Books at Once

Posted about 1 year ago by Naomi D'Archangel
As an avid and hungry reader, I am in a constant state of flux, reading several books at the “same time.” Why the quotations there? It’s not like I have […]
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Read Harder Challenge #8: Meet Me at the Intersection & Read Harder Challenge #9: Lost in the Red Hills of Mars

Posted about 1 year ago by Jennifer Deuell
Posted in Book Reviews
Prompt #8: An #ownvoices book set in Oceania If you read my Read Harder planning post back in December, you know that I had planned to read a different book […]
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Audiobooks as art

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
There are good audiobook narrators, bad ones, just ok ones, or really excellent audiobook narrators. And sometimes the audiobook version of a novel enhances the text so much that it […]
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