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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.

Contest – Create the Design for the 2020 Teen Summer Reading Club!

Are you an artist? Want to have your artwork showcased at the Richmond Public Library? Don’t forget to enter our contest!!! Entries must be submitted by Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Here are the details:
Design the imagery for Teen Summer Reading Club 2020, using next year’s theme: The Roaring 1920’s!
Design must be an original work and your own original superhero. Art only, no words on design. Design can be done in any medium (drawing, painting, collage, pho-tography, computer graphic, etc.). Designs dimensions must be letter-sized paper (height 27.94cm x width 21.59cm). Entries must be submitted by Saturday August 31, 2019 at any RPL library OR emailed to

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

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!