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And the winner is…

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2019!

Group 1
1st Place: For Humanity’s Shake by Inshal K.
2nd Place: To Reverse Hate by Noreen C.

Group 2:
1st Place: How Could You by Grace M.
2nd Place: A Red Rose by Tina T.

This year’s submissions were so great and it was really hard to choose just four poems. Thank you to everyone who submitted their poems this year and look for our Teen Poetry Contest next year in April 2020.

To read the winning poems, please click here.

RPL’s Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2019

We are doing our Annual Teen Poetry Contest again this year! We are always excited to celebrate Poetry Month and can’t wait to read all the teen submissions. Here are some of the details about the contest:

Submit your entry from April 1 – 30 at any Richmond Public Library branch, or via email to

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Age Categories:
    • Group 1: 12-15 years old
    • Group 2: 16-18 years old
  2. Any format of poem is acceptable.
  3. Length: No longer than one single-spaced typed page
  4. Must be an original work


Groups 1 & 2:

  1. 1st Place – $25 gift certificate to Richmond Centre
  2. 2nd Place – $10 gift certificate to Richmond Centre

Judging Criteria
Creativity, clarity, originality, and the literary merit or message of the poem

* RPL reserves the right to disqualify any offensive and/or inappropriate submission

Rules and Regulations for RPL’s Teen Poetry Contest 

Teen Book Club First Meeting!

Hey teens! Did you finish a really good book and wish you had someone to talk about it with? The Teen Book Club at Richmond Public Library is perfect for you! Each meeting we will be discussing and reading various books with a genre theme each month. This club will not only motivate you to read during the school year, but also improve vocabulary and articulation! This club is open to all teens whether you are an avid reader or trying to become one. Our meetings are on Saturdays, once a month from 2-3pm. If you are interested, please sign up here!

Pop-Up AR – Spots Still Available!

Pop-up books aren’t just for kids. Check out this pop-up book for The Walking Dead–it’s not for the faint of heart…

We are going to work together to create something quite unique and sinister. Our spooky book will walk readers through a haunted house. With the addition of augmented reality, readers will meet some otherworldly characters (HINT: you guys + green screen magic).

There are still spots open–sign up and tell a friend!





RPL Teen Summer Reading Club 2018

We are so excited to be doing the RPL Teen Summer Reading Club again this year. And it’s so easy!

If you read a great book and want to tell everyone about it, write a review and post it on our blog! It’s that easy! Visit the RPL Teen Hub blog to see what Richmond teens are reading, chat with other teens and post book reviews on the blog to win prizes! Reviews can be written or submitted in video or audio form!

How do I join?

  • Send your email address to
  • Accept the email invitation
  • Create an anonymous username/profile
  • Post as many book reviews as you like, but only ONE review PER WEEK counts as a chance at a weekly prize!!

And there is more than one way to join the Teen Summer Reading Club this summer! Be sure to pick up your Teen Summer Reading Club Booklet at any RPL branch. Collect stamps to be entered into weekly prize draws, participate in the Teen SRC Bingo and  the Library Scavenger Hunt! The more you do, the more chances you have to win!

Weekly Prizes include: Books, swim and Oval passes, gift certificates from Fresh Slice Pizza, Apex Adventure Park, New York Fries, eSpot, Go Karts and more!

Grand Prizes: $100 gift certificate for Richmond Centre for the most book reviews posted on the Teen Hub blog and $100 gift certificate for Richmond Centre for completing the booklet (this will be a prize draw).

For more information: email or call (604) 231-6412

Dungeons and Dragons at the Library – Tavyn Highlander!

One of the players in our D&D group, Vana, has created a Tiefling magic user. (Art by Vana.) This is his backstory…

Adopted into an Elven noble family at the age of four, Tavyn Highlander came from old money. He was strange looking for a Tiefling, as he carried a very reptilian appearance. He showed a talent for evocation magic, as well as a love for trickery. He was raised with Lord’s training along with his older sister, Levanne, the blood daughter of his adoptive parents. By his early teens he was fluent in Common, Undercommon, Infernal, and Draconic, despite his parent’s distaste for the ‘lesser’ languages.

As he reached his late teens, he began to dream of a world outside his family’s house, escaping out of his window at night to explore the criminal underbelly of his home town.  He revealed to his sister Levanne that he had been leaving the house in the night, and she told of his escapades to their parents. Tavyn’s parents flew into a rage, and as punishment arranged his marriage to a fellow noble. That night, Tavyn escaped his house with a hefty amount of gold and left town, turning to the criminal underground to hide.

He now travels to escape his adoptive parents, discover the identity of his birth family, and find out who he really is.

Interested in playing D&D? Let us know! We have two spots open in our teen game that meets Tuesdays from 7-9pm.