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Summer Reading 2022

Join Us... It's all FREE @ your Richmond Public Library!

Join our summer reading adventure and start exploring! It’s fun for all ages with storytimes, programs, community activities, crafts, and more… it’s easy!

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It's as easy as 1, 2, READ


Get Your Reading Log

  • Register at your neighborhood RPL or register online. Pick up your calendar log or download a copy from our website.

Start Reading

  • Read 15 minutes or more and color in that day on the calendar.

30 Days of Reading

  • After 30 boxes are colored, bring your calendar into any RPL branch to collect a cinch bag.

Win Prizes

  • Finish coloring 50 boxes and your reading adventure is complete! Bring your calendar into RPL and register for the Grand Prize - a $100 Visa gift card!
    *Prizes while supplies last.
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Summer Reading Program 2022 LOG

Register for this year's Summer Reading Program and we'll send you a log to start recording your minutes spent reading!

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Summer Reading Events

Oceans of Possibilities with ART 180

6/22 Ginter Park Branch from 10:00am - 12:00pm
7/20 Westover Hills Brach from 10:00am - 12:00pm
8/3 Main Library from 10:00am - 12:00pm


Join artist Joy McMillian from ART 180 as she teaches you all about different types of clay and techniques of the world of sculptures. Using what you have learned, each person will create their own sculptures- the possiblities are endless! Be Creative and show us your imagination.

Nature Detectives with James River Association

7/13 at Pony Pasture from 10:00am - 12:00pm


Have you ever wondered about the critters that live in the river and what they might be able to tell us about its health? In this workshop, young nature detectives will collect macroinvertebrates from the shallow edges of the James, learn how to identify them, and piece together a real-life snapshot of the river's health.

Protecting Our Water Systems

7/14 at Pony Pasture 10:00am - 12:00pm


The James River Association brings you a teen workshop that blends science with environmental activism. You’ll investigate the water quality of the James through experiments about its turbidity, dissolved oxygen content, and more. You’ll also learn how to interpret your results in analyzing the health of the river. Activities will focus on caring for our watershed and local community as well as sharing volunteer opportunities for teens with a passion for environmental issues. Come to learn, have fun, and make a difference!
We will meet at Pony Pasture promptly at 10AM. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle and sunscreen.
For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at the Main Library (804) 646-4768

We have even more events going on throughout the summer!