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).
Here are a few of our new books now available for check-out and pick-up. Reserve via your account, email us, or call. If you’re confused on how to reserve an item, check out this video that takes you from computer home screen to a confirmed hold:
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:
- Place a hold on whatever you like through your library account at rfl.kohavt.org. 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.
- Call us at 434-3036. Leave a message if it is after hours.
- Email us at email@example.com.
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.
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.