Annual Poetry Contest

Young Writers Division:
Is currently accepting entries for their young writers poetry contest. If you are between the ages of 7-18 and wish to enter, please visit the poetryinstitute website for more information.
Deadline: November 29, 2013.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - After School Zone Monitor

Hey everyone, it's that time of year again when we begin offering regular programs and we need your help! Here is an upcoming opportunity that you may be interested in:

What is After School Zone all about?
  • a program to provide elementary school aged kids with something to do after school
  • high school students will offer their time to assist kids in grades 1 to 3 with their homework, to read or play board games with the kids

Duties and Responsibilities

  • clean-up and set-up of all materials
  • general supervision of children
  • ensure that all board games and supplies are complete when returned

For more information check out our website - teens/service hours

Leaving Paradise

When Caleb Becker gets convicted after drunk driving from a party and hit and running over Maggie Armstrong, he gets sent to juvenile detention for a year. Meanwhile, Maggie has to have painful months of physical therapy, but afterwards, she still has a limp. Her social life and her scholarship have both been destroyed.

Meanwhile, after a year in Juvie, Caleb is finally released, but he still needs to put up with the endless nagging of his transitional officer, and the eyes of the entire town. Coming home should have felt differently, but now, his family, ex-girlfriend, Kendra, and his friends all seem like strangers.

Together, Caleb and Maggie find strength and comfort from each other, relying on other to make each other stronger. Then the truth of the accident emerges, and then everything changes. After a prompting from his transitional officer, and changes of events in his life, Caleb decides to run away for good… (Continued in Return to Paradise)
Return to Paradise
Nothing lasts forever

Caleb Becker left Paradise Ohio 8 months ago, taking with him a promise that he promised he would take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong when Caleb left suddenly. He broke her heart and managed to convince herself that she had moved on. She was determined to start over and live a new life.

But Maggie and Caleb meet again at a rehabilitation program especially designed for drunk driving; there they share their experiences to young adolescents and Juvie prisoners. They try to deny the passion still between them but buried feelings resurface and Caleb finds himself to reveal the secret of the night of the accident or not their relationship will always be separated by the secret.

…not even good-bye   

Favorite Book of Summer 2013

Just Curious...

What books have you all read this summer that you think are the best?

Comment below!

Winner Week #7!

Each week the Richmond Public Library will be awarding prizes to teens who submit reviews. Each winner will receive a book of their choice and other fantastic prizes. This weeks winners are:

1.) Denise C
2.) Ye Nia  - Librarian's choice for a fantastic review of "The Great Gatsby"

Congratulations and we look forward to additional reviews throughout the summer!


It's hard to believe that summer is almost over! To get in the "back to school spirit,"and for a chance to win some additional prizes, get your creative and artistic juices flowing for this end of summer bookmark contest.

Contest: Design a bookmark using the theme "Teens Read Too!" Post your design to the blog, or bring in a paper entry to any branch of the Richmond Public Library no later than August 30th. Winners will be announced in early September.

Prizes: Your choice of passes to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, West Richmond Pitch and Putt or to the Richmond Go-Karts as well as copies of your bookmark design.

Legacy Series by Cayla Kluver

I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp and intense. Despite the youthful glows of his suntanned face, his eyes were cold and unfriendly, suggesting he had great experience in the world and was now expecting the worst.
In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father's choice of suitor fills her with despair.When the palace guard captures and intruder—a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom's greatest enemy—Alera is alarmed…and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands.In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won't be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom.