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Annual RPL Teen Poetry Contest

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

Submission Guidelines:

  • Age Categories:
    • Group 1: 13-15 years old
    • Group 2: 16-18 years old
  • Any format of poem is acceptable.
  • Length: No longer than one single-spaced typed page
  • Must be an original work


  • Groups 1 & 2:
    • 1st Place – $25 gift certificate to Richmond Centre
    • 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 Read More

Richmond Youth App Hackathon [12-16] – May 5th

Have you ever wondered how a video game comes together?
Register for the Richmond Youth App Hackathon on May 5th and find out!

Join us for an all-day event where you will work with a team to build your own video game. Take on the role of a programmer, animator, or sound designer! You will receive training from specialists, then join your team to create a game that will be showcased later in the day.

Did we mention that it is totally free?

Specialists will be joining us from Under the GUI.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, but the Library will also have laptops available. Lunch is not provided.

Canva 101: ERASE Bullying

7:30-8:30 PM
Launchpad, Brighouse (Main) Branch

Seeking inspiration for your next creative project? Learn how to design a poster for the City of Richmond’s ERASE Bullying Poster Contest using Canva. Register through RPL’s event calendar.

Create stunning designs in your browser with the free version of Canva. Come to RPL’s Canva 101: ERASE Bullying to learn how you can take advantage of Canva’s library of graphics, professional layouts and fonts to create your own masterpiece.

ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) aims to prevent and combat bullying so that students in British Columbia can feel accepted and safe in their schools.

You can help promote the 2018 ERASE Bullying campaign in Richmond by submitting your poster designs to the ERASE Bullying Poster Contest by November 20, 2017.


Welcome the Teen SRC!

Now that school is over, and the weather is amazing, I hope you grab a great book and post about it for your chance to win amazing prizes this summer! We have many excellent books to give away, as well as amazing community prizes such as swim passes, free food and free admission to places like VR Gaming and Freeing Canada Station. Weekly prizes will be announced every Friday starting July 14th, so get those review submissions in.

Want book recommendations? Check out what other teens are reading this summer and be sure to comment on each other’s posts.

Want additional chances to win cool prizes? Sign up in person at any RPL Branch for the Teen Summer BINGO challenge and enter our Instagram Photo Contest and Book Cover Design Contest. Come to the library or email us at for more details.

Teen SRC could not be possible without the amazing support from our local sponsors.

RPL’s Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Thank you for all the wonderful poems that were submitted for our RPL Teen Poetry Contest! We enjoyed reading each and every one! The winners are:

  • Group 1:

    1. The Rainbow Scarf by Samreen M.
    2. Placebos by Stephanie C.
    3. Death Plays the Guitar by Judy C.
  • Group 2:
    1. Equivalent but not Equal by Halle N.
    2. Standing Here, Fighting by Lauren K.
    3. The World Without Gravity by Salisa J.

Congratulations to all the winners!! Please read the winning poems HERE

Youth Week Events at RPL!

Are you looking for free events and activities to celebrate Youth Week? Come to the library! (100-7700 Minoru Gate)

Science & Technology Expo – Wed, May 3; 3:30-5:30pm

Interested in science and technology? This event will have hands-on activities and engaging workshops available from professionals in the field. Come be a part of this amazing science experience! Workshops at 4:00 & 4:45pm. Drop-in anytime! Call 231.6457 for info. Click for details:

Youth Job Fair – Thu, May 4; 3:00-5:00pm

Are you looking for work experience? The library has teamed up with employers in the community who are looking for youth to join their team! Employers to expect are McDonalds, 6Pack Indoor Beach, Telus and more! Bring your resume and come prepared for an informal interview. Avia Employment Services will also be offering hands on sessions to help you get job ready! Drop-in anytime! Call 604.231.6457 for info! Click for details:

Careers in Media Arts @ the Media Lab (Cultural Centre) – Sat, May 6; 12:00-4:00pm

Explore career options in Media Arts through workshops and discussions with professionals working in graphic design, animation and video game production. Register in person or online: Animation #: 2022488, Graphic Design #: 2022588, Video Game Production #: 2022538. Call 604.247.8303 for info.




Celebrate National Engineering and Geoscience Month!

SATURDAY, March 4 | 10:30-4:00PM, Brighouse Branch

Learn about science and the engineering and geoscience professions through fun, interactive activities at this annual event! Participate in or watch the exciting Popsicle Stick Bridge Building and busting contest.

Join the popsicle stick Bridge Competition!

Download a registration form from:
Send an electronic copy of your completed forms to:

Bring a hard copy to the Richmond Public Library (Brighouse Branch) to pick up supplies.  You may register as an individual or a team. Prizes will be awarded for the strongest and best constructed bridges.

Schedule of Events
10:30 am—Registration Begins for Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
11:00 am—Science World Demonstration
1:00 pm—Bridge Busting for ages Grade 10 and under
1:30 pm—Bridge Busting for Grades 11 and 12
2:00 pm—Bridge Busting for Post Secondary students and above

Organized and sponsored by the Richmond-Delta APEGBC branch.