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Your Library Needs Volunteers (And This Week’s East End Reads)

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Hello, Church Hill readers!


Your library needs your help!


Next weekend, we will be planting our new landscape, and we need at least 8-10 volunteers to come and help us on Saturday, May 26th at 10:00AM. So many individuals from the Church Hill area have been instrumental in supporting our venture to get a face lift on the 25th Street side of the library (especially in anticipation of the new traffic to the grocery store this fall), and with the end of the project in sight, we need a few hands to help finish the job. If you are interested and able, please call (804) 646-4474 or contact me directly at


In the meantime, we have a few great reads for you for the upcoming long weekend! We received approximately 30 new titles this past week, and here are a few that you might want to check out (library humor!) before you fire up the grill:


Adult Fiction

Second Strike by Peter Kirsanow (Adult Fiction)

Perfect thriller to read on a holiday weekend! If you are a fan of the Jason Bourne series, Jack Reacher, or if you love shows like 24, you have to give this newest title from Peter Kirsanow a read. In this sequel to Kirsanow’s Team Omega, Michael Garin discovers that Russia is planning to take down the United States but can’t get anyone in Washington to believe him. Forming a team of his own, Garin has to take on a Russian assassin in order to save millions of lives before the clock runs out.


Other Adult Fiction

Big Guns by Steve Israel

Before Mars by Emma Newman (Hugo Award Winning Author)

Black Jesus and Other Superheroes Stories by Venita Blackburn (Prairie Schooner Book Prize Winner)

The Cast by Danielle Steel

An Honorable Seduction by Brenda Jackson

How It Happened by Michael Koryta

Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Princess by James Patterson

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam


Adult Non-Fiction

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Adult Non-Fiction)

If you’ve seen the recent documentary on Netflix called Bobby Kennedy for President, and are hungry for more, this is a great place to start. With rich detail, compelling honesty, and a storyteller’s gift, RFK Jr. describes growing up in a tumultuous time in history that eerily echoes the issues of nuclear confrontation, religion, race, and inequality that we confront today. This powerful book combines the best aspects of memoir and political history. The third child of Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of JFK takes us on a journey through his life, including watershed moments in the history of our nation.



Other Adult Non-Fiction

Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America by Gregory Pardlo (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet!)

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

Automating Equality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks

Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential by Amber Rae

Every Tenant’s Legal Guide by Janet Portman and Marcia Stewart

Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II by Sandra M. Bolzenius

The Island That Disappeared: The Lost History of the Mayflower’s Sister Ship and its Rival Puritan Colony by Tom Feiling

The Killing of Uncle Sam: The Demise of the United States of America by Rodney Howard-Brown and Paul L. Williams

My Grandmother’s Hands: The Bloodline of Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem

The Permaculture Book of DIY by John Adams

The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy by David Margolick

Robin by Dave Itzkoff

The Stuff: Unlock Your Power to Overcome Challenges, Soar, and Succeed by Sharlee Jeter and Sampson Davis

You, Your Child, And School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica


Young Adult Fiction

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Lemon (Young Adult Fiction)

Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens. Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of Hazard, a powerful attorney: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.


Other Young Adult Fiction

Goldie Vance, Vol. 1 by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams


Juvenile Non-Fiction

When My Sister Started Kissing by Helen Frost (Juvenile Fiction)

Written beautifully in verse, When My Sister Started Kissing is a coming of age story about sisters Abigail and Claire. Navigating a changing family, discovering boys, and overcoming the challenges of growing up, Claire and her older sister Abigail take turns telling the story through various kinds of poetic verse. This book is written for middle-school aged children, but is relatable for adults everywhere, thinking back on their tumultuous tween years.


Other Juvenile Books

Elephant and Piggie like Reading: The Itchy Book by Mo Willems and LeUyen Pham



Remember that a library card with the Richmond Public Library is FREE if you’ve never had one with us before, and only costs a dollar to replace (for those who may have permanently “misplaced” their card). We now also offer an e-card, so you can get access to e-books, e-audiobooks, and stream movies and tv shows through our online resources. You can get the e-card here, and can get a free library card at any location as long as you bring your photo ID that has your current address on it (or proof of your address, like a bill or a lease).

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