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Winner’s of RPL’s Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2021!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their poems this year!! The judges had a hard time choosing the winners this year, as there were so many beautiful submissions this year. But after some discussion, the following winners were chosen:

Group 1
1st Place: I Am A Woman by Nida A.
2nd Place: The Beauty Of My Skin by Amna S.

Group 2:
1st Place: The Ravings of Plight by Angela Y.
2nd Place: To My Inner Child by Astra Y.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2021! Read all their poems here!

The winners of the Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2020

We are happy to announce the winners for the Annual Teen Poetry Contest. There were a lot of wonderful poems submitted this year. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Group 1
1st Place: Beautiful by Rosie L.
2nd Place: The Monster I Am by Inshal K.

Group 2:
1st Place: Ebb and Flow by Penelope D.
2nd Place: Sun and Moon by Alice L.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their poems this year and look for our Teen Poetry Contest next year in April 2021. You can read the winning poems here

RPL’s Annual Teen Poetry Contest 2020 – Extended!!

Even though things are a little different right now at RPL, we are happy to announce that 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 of your submissions. Here are some of the details about the contest:

Feeling creative? Want a way to express your feelings about what’s going on in your life? Write a poem and submit your entry to us between April 1 – 30. Please email your poem to along with your name, age and grade.

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 – $35 gift certificate to Richmond Centre
  2. 2nd Place – $15 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 

Holy moly! The Battle of the Books is crazy!

Last week’s battle between The Hunger Games and My Hero Academia was thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close!! The votes were:
Hunger Games: 90
My Hero Academia: 84

This week’s battle is between The Fault in Our Stars vs Ready Player One. I think this week’s battle is going to be equally hard!!!! Which book are you going to vote for?

And which book should battle for the final title against The Hunger Games???

CONGRATULATIONS! This weeks winners are:

Best Review of the Week: Rachel C. – The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Weekly Prize Draw: Dihyah – The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

All of your reviews are SOOOOO good! It was really hard to choose this week. Keep up the reading and reviewing!

And, the race for the Most Book Reviews Written this summer is heating up!! There are 3 or 4 people who are trying to win the prize this summer. It’s a pretty tight race, so try to get as many reviews written as you can before August 31st.

Don’t forget we have great prizes for participating in our blog:
– Best Review of the Week: 1 book of your choice, Swim pass, eSpot pass, Oval pass and pizza!
– Weekly Prize Draw: 1 book of your choice, Swim pass, eSpot pass, Oval pass and pizza!
– Prize for the Most Book Reviews Written: Science World Passes

And don’t forget to participate in our Alternate Reality Scavenger Hunt! Help save our beloved book characters by joining RPL’s BookCity: Superheros! Visit any branch of the Richmond Public Library to get our postcard with all the information, or scan this QR Code to join:

The Battle of the Books is heating up!

Don’t forget to cast your vote in our Battle of the Books! At Brighouse this week, the battle is between The Hungers Games and My Hero Academia. We’ve already lost of my personal favourites, so make your voice heard and vote for your’s before they get eliminated.

Also, every branch is doing they’re own Teen Battle of the Books, so you can head to your closest branch to vote.

Richmond Youth Hackathon – August 24

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

Join us for an all-day event where you will work with a team to build your own video game. 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 we will also have laptops available. Lunch is not provided.