StoryWalk® on the Library Grounds

StoryWalk H&MStoryWalk® A StoryWalk is an outdoor reading experience that reveals a story page by page as the reader follows the StoryWalk route.

For the six weeks that the library offered activities in conjunction with the youth summer reading program (June 22 – July 31), we set up a new picture book each week along the StoryWalk route on the library grounds. Many kids and families seemed to enjoy this, so we will continue for the month of August with the story The Picnic from the book Henry and Mudge In the Green Time by Cynthia Rylant. Poor Henry gets stung by a bee, but don’t worry, his big dog Mudge knows how to make him feel better. The StoryWalk starts in front of the library and winds along the side of the building into the backyard. If you didn’t bring a little person to one of the June or July walks, don’t miss out on this one.


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Black History: Engage with RFL Resources

As James Baldwin wrote in his letter to his nephew in The Fire Next Time, white people “are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it.”

Here is a list of  resources (Listen, Read, Engage) we have available at the Richmond Library concerning the history and experiences of blacks in the United States. An internet search will yield many antiracist reading lists, check out this one from Read It Forward, and if you see something you are interested in but is not available at RFL, we can try to get it for you via Inter-Library Loan (titles must not be newer than 6 months).


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How to Get Your Hands on an Actual Library Book

We are very pleased to once again be able to offer library patrons access to the physical collection. This includes books, audiobooks, magazines, and DVDs. We cannot allow visitors beyond the outer foyer but you will find that this space has been adapted to serve as a safe and convenient place to pick up your item requests. Book bins in the foyer have been labeled alphabetically. Requested items will be bagged, labeled and placed in the bins according to patron’s last name. The door will be left open so visitors need not touch anything except their own bag. Please be mindful of others and wait your turn to enter the space if there is already someone there.

There are three ways to request materials:

  1. Place a hold on whatever you like through your library account at  You will need your library barcode number to log in to your account.  Your password is your own last name (capital first letter). Please note that the maximum number of holds allowed per account is five.
  2. Call us at 434-3036. Leave a message if it is after hours.
  3. Email us at

Pick up times are as follows:
Mon & Fri: 10 – 4 pm
Wed: 10 – 8 pm (new!)
Tues & Thurs: 12 – 4 pm
Sat: 12 – 2 pm

* All items can be returned to the outdoor book return bin anytime.

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Storytime in a Bag To Go!

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We sure miss our Storytimes with the kids,  but know that all you fine parents have it covered. Home Storytime!  The good news is that we just made it a little easier for you to enjoy a themed storytime in the convenience and safety of your own home.  We have put together eight Storytime Bags for you and your child to check out and enjoy.  Each Storytime Bag features a different theme and contains, books, songs, rhymes and a craft/activity to do with your child.  Current themes include: Pets; Plants, Flowers & Gardens; Counting; Cars, Trucks & Things that Go; Silly Books; Friends; Seasons & Weather and Outdoors & Camping. We’re pretty sure your child is going to love this idea, so give it a try.  Request one of the bags today.


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Children and Youth Book Bundles Available at the Library

Want to keep your kids in good books but don’t know what to ask for or perhaps don’t have time to search the library catalog to request specific titles? No problem.  We’ll pick out some titles for you, check them out to you, and have them ready and waiting in the outer foyer of the library for pick up. When you are finished with the books they can be returned to the outdoor book drop and you can request your next bundle. Options include but are not limited to:
1. The Picture Book Bundle – Five picture books selected just for your little person
2. The Early Reader Bundle – Five beginning readers selected for your new reader
3. Family Read-a-Loud Bundle – Two titles selected for family enjoyment
4. Grade 3 – 5 Fiction Book Bundle – Two J novels selected
5. Grade 6 – 8 Fiction Book Bundle – Two J/YA novels selected
6. Custom Bundle – Looking for a specific genre or subject, or need a larger/smaller bundle, just let us know.
To request a Book Bundle, email the library at or call 434-3036.  We’ll let you know when your books are ready for pick up. A library card in good standing is required.  If you don’t have an active card we can help with that too.  We look forward to hearing from you.
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Free ebooks for kids!

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The library now has a TumbleBook Library subscription. TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, has made its family of online libraries available for free to public libraries until at least August 31. Thanks TumbleBook!

Its flagship product, TumbleBook Library is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. You will find a link to these animated picture books as well as links to math picture books and books for teens on our YOUTH SERVICES page.

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Youth Summer Reading Club & Activities at the Library: June 22 – July 31.

Summer Reading Set up

Youth Summer Reading Club at the library will run from  June 22—July 31. Things are going to be a little bit different this year as much of the library building remains closed, but there will still be reading records, stickers, guessing jars, crafts, prizes and more. Instructions and self-serve activities await you in the library foyer and yard. Go to the Youth Services Page for detailed information and please visit as often as you can this summer.

Youth Summer Activities at the library will also run from  June 22—July 31. The library building may or may not be opening to the public during this time period, but visitors will be welcomed into the foyer space to participate in the Youth Summer Reading Club, to pick up books, and for instruction regarding the activities below. Please follow the current safety guidelines which include wearing a mask while inside public spaces and distancing from others. If there are others in the foyer when you arrive, please wait until they exit to go in yourself.

StoryWalk® A StoryWalk is an outdoor reading experience that reveals a story page by page as the reader follows the StoryWalk route. There will be a new StoryWalk set up around the library grounds each week. So come take a walk, read a book!

Take & Make Crafts Six weeks of DIY crafts! Stop by the Library foyer to pick up a take & make craft bag. Inside each bag you will find all or most of the parts, and the instructions you’ll need to create something new each week.

Outdoor Activities Each week we’ll put out directions and supplies for a new adventure around the library, park and/or town. We might send you on a scavenger hunt or perhaps invite you to add to some outdoor art.

Guessing Jars While you’re picking up your books, craft bag and getting your reading club charm in the foyer, don’t forget to make a guess. A new jar will appear on the foyer table each week along with a poster of winners from the week before. Winners go home with a book from the prize box.

Storytime Bags We’ve made storytime at your house easier than ever. We have put together eight themed Storytime Bags. Each Storytime Bag contains books, songs, rhymes and a craft/activity. Themes include: Pets; Gardens; Counting; Things that Go; Friends; Seasons: Silly Books and Camping.  Request one of the bags today by calling or emailing.

Online Resources Visit the Richmond Free Library Youth Services page to connect with TumbleBooks for a fun, gently animated picture book storytime and Storyline Online to hear  great children’s authors and other celebrities reading aloud from fabulous picture books. Here you will find links to other great youth sites as well including resources for elementary-aged and older youth.

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E-books & Audiobooks for Richmond Patrons

Did you know we now have certain books and audio on OverDrive available just to Richmond patrons? This means you may not need to wait for a popular title, or if you do, the wait time will be shorter! “OverDrive Advantage” is the name for the downloads the library has purchased for Richmond Library card holders. Below find the audiobooks and e-books available in OverDrive Advantage. Almost 50,000 other digital titles are also available in GLMC OverDrive! Click here to sign in to OverDrive; you’ll need your library card barcode (starts with PVSPQ) and your password, which is your last name. Contact us if you have questions.


10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story Dan HarrisNonfiction, Self-Improvement
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosJordan B. PetersonNonfiction, Philosophy, Psychology, Self-Improvement
A Bend in the StarsRachel BarenbaumFiction, Historical Fiction, Literature
All Adults Here: A Novel Emma StraubFiction, Literature
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Robin Wall KimmererNature, Nonfiction, Sociology
Love Warrior: A Memoir Glennon DoyleBiography & Autobiography, Family & Relationships, Nonfiction, Sociology
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel (unabridged)Ocean VuongFiction, Literature
UntamedGlennon DoyleBiography & Autobiography, Nonfiction, Self-Improvement
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About RacismRobin DiAngeloFamily & Relationships, Nonfiction, Self-Improvement, Sociology


A Boy of Good Breeding: A NovelMiriam ToewsFiction, Literature
All Adults Here: A NovelEmma StraubFiction, Literature
Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and MineEmily BernardBiography & Autobiography, Literary Criticism, Nonfiction
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A NovelGail HoneymanFiction, Literature, Romance
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives RevealedLori GottliebBiography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in AmericaIbram X. KendiAfrican American Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Sociology
The Dutch House: A NovelAnn PatchettFiction, Literature
UntamedGlennon DoyleBiography & Autobiography, Nonfiction, Self-Improvement
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About RacismRobin DiAngelo, Michael Eric DysonFamily & Relationships, Nonfiction, Self-Improvement, Sociology
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No Pick-Up Hours July 3 or 4

Closed July 3 & 4

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