Hello, Church Hill readers! Happy June from your local library! We are excited about our Summer Reading Programs starting this month, and are hoping that we will see everyone at the wonderful programming as the summer goes on. Our kickoff will be on June 16th, when we will be having the first annual East End Storytelling Festival. We hope to see everyone there! That morning, we will have free workshops for both adults and kids, where they will work with local professional storytellers to learn how to tell a good story. Then, after lunch (which is free for workshop participants), we will gather in the field across 25th Street and the party will really get started! Grilled Meats and Sweet Treats food truck will be on site, and we will have an “Open Mic Story Swap” as well as professional story tellers telling some of their best stories. The afternoon is open to the general public, but participants must register in advance for the workshops, since space is limited. In addition to old fashioned storytelling, we received nearly 60 new titles this past week (!!!), and here are some you might enjoy: Adult Fiction This week we got a TON of Urban Fiction titles. If you haven’t read any Urban Fiction, now is definitely the time to start! This genre is set in cities all over the country, and the gritty tales of drugs, sex, and violence keep the action coming. The East End Branch has one of the most comprehensive collections of Urban Fiction in the Richmond Public Library system, and it circulates more than any other materials! Ethic by Antoinette Ashley (Adult Fiction) New York Times Bestseller! Ezra Okafor, better known as Ethic, has power, but love has always been evasive. After ordering the hit that mistakenly killed the love of his life, Ethic is haunted with guilt. Now focused on being a better man and keeping his family safe, he is raising three children – one of whom is a defiant teenaged girl named Morgan. When Morgan finds herself in a vulnerable position, Ethic is pulled back into the deadly game where he was once king. In this explosive spin-off to Ashley Antoinette’s, Moth to a Flame, you will fall in love with Ethic as he gambles on love and in the streets in the hopes that this time he will win. Other Adult Fiction A Hustler’s Wife by Nikki Turner A Savage Love by Aryanna A Savage Love 2 by Aryanna Bad Boys Do It Better by Porscha Sterling Bad Boys Do It Better 2 by Porscha Sterling Bad Boys Do It Better 3 by Porscha Sterling Bad Boys Do It Better 4 by Porscha Sterling Bad Boys Do It Better 5 by Porscha Sterling Baller Broadz by Darrell King Denali and Athena by Embue Female Hustler 5 by Joy Deja King Fistful of Benjamins by Kiki Swinson and De’nesha Diamond Mackdaddy: Legacy of a Gangsta by Darrell King Pretty Kings IV by T. Styles Raised As A Goon by Ghost Raised As A Goon II by Ghost Raised As A Goon III by Ghost Raised As A Goon IV by Ghost Secrets of a Jewel by Juliet C. Tearz of a Snitch by Darrell King When the Streets Clap Back by Jibril Wilson When the Streets Clap Back 2 by Jibril Wilson Adult Non-Fiction Energy: A Human History by Richard Rhodes (Adult Non-Fiction) People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges, and ultimately, the history of these challenges tells the story of humanity itself. Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy. Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford. Other Adult Non-Fiction Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World by Clint Watts Still Waters: the Secret World of Lakes by Curt Stager and Matthew Josdal Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com: How to Find your Family by Nancy Hendrickson Young Adult Fiction Hulk: Return to Planet Hulk by Greg Pak (Young Adult Fiction) Return to Planet Hulk – this time with Amadeus Cho! When Amadeus picks up a distress signal from a distant planet, he’s shocked to find out that it’s from Sakaar. As the Totally Awesome Hulk, Amadeus has been trying to avoid the curse of anger that haunted Bruce Banner. But Sakaar is a place for warriors and gladiators…a place where the Hulk fought brutally in the Imperial Arena. If Amadeus is to survive there, he may have to embrace the savage Hulk within himself – especially when he faces a series of impossible trials known as the Gauntlet! But who sent the mysterious call for help that brought him to this deadly planet? Can Amadeus conquer Sakaar like Banner before him – or will he himself be conquered? And is that thundering barbarian…the Odinson? Juvenile Non-Fiction Goosebumps: Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine (Juvenile Non-Fiction) The classic you remember has been republished for a new generation to enjoy the same scary thrills! Two pink flamingos. A whole family of plaster skunks. Joe Burton’s dad loves those tacky lawn ornaments, but then he brings home two ugly lawn gnomes and that’s when the trouble starts. Late at night when everyone’s asleep, someone’s creeping in the garden and whispering nasty things, smashing melons, and squashing tomatoes. There’s no way two dumb old lawn ornaments could be causing all the trouble? Is there? Other Juvenile Books (and some books that were replacements) I Want to Be a Doctor by Laura Driscoll Lego: Farm by Penelope Arlon Marigold Fairy Makes a Friend by Elizabeth Dennis Marvel Super Hero Adventures: These are the Avengers by Alexandra C. West Mighty Truck on the Farm by Chris Barton Mouse Loves Spring by Lauren Thompson Mouse Loves Summer by Lauren Thompson My Little Pony: Meet the Ponies of Ponyville by Olivia London Olivia Becomes a Vet by Alex Harvey Paddington 2: Paddington’s Family and Friends by Thomas Macri Peppa’s School Day by Meredith Rusu PJ Masks: Owlette and the Giving Owl by Daphne Pendergrass PJ Masks: Super Cat Speed by Cala Spinner The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat by Nurit Karlin These are the Avengers by Thomas Macri This is Black Panther! by Alexandra C. West I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer Mama Africa! : how Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with her Song by Katheryn Erskine Black Panther : the Junior Novel by Jim McCann Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes The Overworld Games by Greyson Mann Welcome to Dead House by RL Stine Drawn from Nature by Helen Ahpornsiri Karl, Get Out of the Garden! : Carolus Linnaeus and the Garden by Anita Sanchez With my Hands : Poems about Making Things by Amy Ludwig Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle Mae among the Stars by Roda Ahmed Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart 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. 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