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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 (While You Can’t), part 1: LGBTQ+ Fiction

Posted about 2 months ago by Meg Raymond
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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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The Insurrection Act

Posted about 2 months ago by Kathy Coker
Posted in Book Reviews
President Donald Trump’s warning to use the Insurrection Act in answer to protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers means the law might be […]
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A Conversation with U.S. Representative John Lewis On Social Justice

Posted about 2 months ago by Kathy Coker
Posted in Book Reviews
The following is from the Executive Director of the National Archives Foundation. In this time of civil unrest, calling for social justice and an end to racism, we can all […]
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Who Is This Annie Mae Person? And Why Does She Want All My Kid’s Money?

Posted about 2 months ago by Catherine Bruce
Posted in Teens
Anime. It is simply the Japanese word for animation. But what a world it spans! You will find something for everyone. Not only for kids but parents, grandparents, nerds, jocks, and everyone in between. You […]
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An Anti-Racist Reading List for Teens

Posted about 2 months ago by Jennifer Deuell
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Black Lives Matter: an anti-racist reading list

Posted about 2 months ago by Natalie Draper
This list is by no means comprehensive. I am not an academic, an expert, nor am I a person of color. These are books that I personally read and recommend […]
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HAPPY with HABITS

Posted about 2 months ago by Meldon Jenkins-Jones
Habit was a dirty word. Like hope, waiting, and boundaries, the idea of habit was a form of discipline I scoffed at as being confining, restricting, and limiting. As a […]
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PO Box 1142

Posted about 3 months ago by Kathy Coker
Posted in Book Reviews
The following is from my ongoing research on World War II Prisoner of War Camps in Virginia. It’s a steamy summer night in 1943 in Alexandria, Virginia,…and another Army bus […]
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One month, 365 days of fantastic fiction

Posted about 3 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and we have a ton of fantastic fiction for you to immerse yourself in. I’m going to unpack of some of my favorite fiction […]
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RPL’s Big Bread-making Blog Post

Posted about 3 months ago by Jennifer Deuell
Oddly enough, one of the unintended consequences of staying safe at home seems to be that people have discovered (or re-discovered) their love of bread-making.  Who knows why so many […]
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