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Browsing the New Book Shelves: Home and Garden Creativity

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Meg Raymond
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At Richmond Public Library, you can always peruse the Latest Releases page on the library’s website, and now that we’ve moved back a phase to curbside pickup, you need a different way to browse the new book shelves. But even with digital browsing, sometimes you want your options a little more … curated.

We can do that! Are you staying home more? Looking for some physical distancing creativity? My sister loves nothing more than getting outside and digging in the dirt, while I find almost any outdoor activity to be too hot, too sweaty, too … itchy. I prefer to stay inside and fiddle with fabric and needles. Luckily, RPL has gotten in some new books that will make both of us happy!

The Complete Language of Flowers: a Definitive and Illustrated History

by Estee Shoesmyth

A comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower’s name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, Medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry.


Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big & Small Spaces

by Tara Nolan

Provides sage advice and step-by-step projects to transform your front yard into a beautiful outdoor living space.


Embroidered Wild Flowers: Patterns Inspired by Field and Forest

by Kazuko Aoiki

Inspired by the wonder and beauty of the natural world, the embroidery motifs offered here evoke wildflower meadows and woodland walks.


A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: a Year of Keeping Bees

by Helen Jukes

A book of observation, of the irrepressible wildness of these fascinating creatures, of the ways they seem to evade our categories each time we attempt to define them. Are they wild or domestic? Individual or collective? Is honey an animal product or is it plant-based? 


Machine Sewing: 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Build Your Skills

by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier

Master the essential machine sewing skills you’ve always wanted to conquer while making something cute and useful for you and your home in the process.


Mending Life: a Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts

by Nina Montenegro

This book encourages us to cherish our things by repairing them rather than discarding them. It also encourages us to change our consumption habits so that with small mends here and there, we extend the life of our garments and other household items.


Nature’s Best Hope: a New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Backyard

by Douglas W. Tallamy

If you’re concerned about doing something good for the environment, this book is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife–and the planet–for future generations


New Gardener’s Handbook

by Daryl Beyers

Every new gardener has to start somewhere–and the process can be intimidating. Knowing when and what to plant, how to care for the plants once they’re in the ground, and how to keep pests and diseases away is a lot to take on. 


Pollinator Victory Garden

by Kim Eierman

You can create a beautiful landscape that attracts and supports many different species of pollinators.


Wear, Repair, Repurpose: a Maker’s Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes

by Lily Fulop

Welcomes beginner and experienced makers with projects to refresh their closets, make the most of thrift store finds, and give worn-out cloth new life. 


Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Online Resources page for access to digital books, movies, music, magazines and so much more. You will need your Richmond Public Library card to access this premium content. Don’t have a library card? Visit the Get a Card page for more information.



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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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