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Poetry to survive the “Cruelest Month”

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
April, it turns out, is not just the cruelest month (as an allergy sufferer, this speaks to me), but also National Poetry Month, and financial capability month. I couldn’t find much […]
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Get it done with your library card: Be your own boss

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
Forbes said that Richmond is among the 10 up-and-coming cities for entrepreneurs: “[…]Richmond is now a thriving arts and cultural mecca. The startup scene is booming and tax incentives are […]
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11 Interesting Reads by and about Interesting Women

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
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1. Marley Dias gets it Done, and So Can You! by Marley Dias, founder of #1000blackgirlbooks, with forward by Ava DuVernay! Mark your calendars, book lovers, because Marley Dias will […]
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Oscar who? It’s almost time for the French Film Festival!

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
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Now that we have the Oscars out of the way, on to the important business of preparing for the VCU French Film Festival! Here is the breakdown from our resident […]
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New books to celebrate Black Lives (and not just in February)

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
February is a short month with a big heart. Many of us are desperate for winter to end when it feels like we are doomed to wear heavy coats against […]
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Get it done with your library card: Grants, The Foundation Center, and You

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
Did you know your library can help you access free funding information? Allow me to tell you about The Foundation Center at the Richmond Public Library. The Foundation Center is an […]
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What’s your first read of 2018?

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
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Having just devoured my first books of the new year, The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, I’m feeling like 2018 is going to be a […]
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New year, new titles for youth!

Posted about 1 year ago by Lisa Crisman
Picture books continue to grow in popularity with new authors and illustrators plus old favorites stretching the boundaries of the 32-page norm.  Stop by your local library and check them […]
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Read Harder, Smaller, in 2018

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
Book Riot has challenged us once again to Read Harder with a list of reading challenges for 2018. You can find neat recommendations all over, such as here and here. And […]
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Resolve to Read Small in 2018

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
Huh? Small presses, I mean. They make a big impact! If you’re looking for daring, inventive, exciting new voices, award-winning books, books that make you go “hmmm!”, then look to […]
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