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Did You Know



  • A Special Place For Books
    One of the easiest ways to show your child the importance of reading is to make a special place in your home to store your child's books.


  • Predictor of Reading Ability
    Knowledge of alphabet letters at entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in 10th grade.


  • Incorporate Literacy During TV Time
    Talk with your child about their show.


  • Preparing for Reading
    Singing and rhyming increases children's awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to read.


  • How to Help Your Child Develop Literacy Skills?
    You can help your child develop literacy skills during regular activities without adding extra time to your day. Talk to your child as you do everyday tasks such as sorting the laundry or thinking about what to cook for dinner.


  • Library Storytime
    Library storytime is a parent's opportunity to learn some new songs, stories, and rhymes that you can share and repeat with your child at home.


  • Get a Library Card!
    Ask us to help sign your child up for a library card!
    Get a RPL library card today!
    Did you know? You don't have to live in Richmond to get a RPL card!


  • Improving Literacy Skills With Multiple Languages
    Adults and children can improve their literacy skills by reading books in the family's first language and then reading the same book in English.


  • Read & Re-read
    Read and reread books about topics your child is interested in.


  • Share Your Experiences with Your Child
    Share what you read with your child. Read aloud a portion of the newspaper or a book you are reading. Share why reading is fun.


  • Storytelling
    Storytelling encourages imaginative thinking and builds narrative skills. Gather your family members at meal times and have them tell the story of their day.


  • Nursery Rhymes
    Research shows that knowing eight nursery rhymes by age four means better readign skills at age eight.


  • Be A Literary Role Model!
    Set a great example by keeping books in your home and modeling good reading habits.


  • Be Visually Literate
    Explain illustrations in books.


  • Storytime & Babytime
    We have FREE storytime and babytime programs each week to encourage reading and literacy. We also have special events that help build literacy skills, including puppet shows, sing-alongs and more! Browse RPL's Event Calendar


  • Tumblebooks for Kids Check out RPL's Digital Collections
    Have you tried out Tumblebooks kids e-book collection? The words of each story are highlighted as they are read out loud. Keep in mind that e-books, apps and online games are best for kids age 2 or older.


  • Home Message Board
    Try a home message board to exchange notes.


  • Learning Tips for Babies
    Children under the age of two learn best from real-world experiences and interactions – such as physical play, reading print books together or listening to music together.


  • Reluctant Readers
    Boys are traditionally more reluctant readers. Magazines, sport cards, comics and others still count as reading.


  • Reading in Your First Language
    Readign in your first language helps you learn English easier.


  • Build Vocabulary with Games
    Board games and card games help build literacy by including words.


  • Reading is Bonding
    Reading to Children is a bonding and nurturing experience.


  • Learning New Words
    Children learn new words through nursery rhymes.


  • Ask Questions
    Interact with your child when they try new apps, ask questions and point out new things.


  • Incorporate Reading into Play
    Incorporate reading an dwords into your child's playtime.


  • Read to Big Kids
    Keep reading to your big kid to expand their vocabulary and book choices.


  • Let Your Child Turn the Pages
    Let your cild turn the pages of the book so they understand how it works.


  • Read Early
    Studies show that future success depends on early reading abilities.


  • Age Appropriate Books
    Choose age appropriate books for your child's development level.


  • What Makes A Better Reader?
    The more children read the better readers they become.


  • Introduction to English
    Library storytimes are an excellent introduction to English.


  • Seasonal & Holidays Reads
    Visit the library for books that go along with the seasons and special holidays.


  • Encourage Free Play
    Play stimulates the healthy development of children’s brains. Unstructured or free play is the best type of play for young children.


  • What's At Your Library?
    The library has thousands of great books, digital books, movies, games and music albums to choose from – there is something for everyone!
    » Learn More About The Library Catalogue


  • Keeping Digital Screens Out of the Bedroom
    There is a place and time for digital learning. It's not bedtime though.
    Keeping screens out of the bedroom can help your child have a better night’s sleep.


  • Limiting Screen Time
    The Canadian Paediatric Association encourages parents to limit screen time. For children under age 2, the recommendation is zero screen time. For children age 2-4, try a limit of 1 hour per day.

Great Reads for Kids

Book Reviews by Richmond Kids

Looking for something good to read?
Check out what other Richmond kids are reading.

The Thank You Book

reviewed by Leo, age 7

This book is about Piggie thanking everyone. I like this book because it is showing respect and it is funny. It is hilarious. Ha ha hee hee!
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Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Sleepover Sleuths

reviewed by Effy, age 9

This book is about Nancy Drew and her best friends, George Fayne and Bess Marvin, who are going to Deirdre's sleepover. The sleepover has a big city girls theme but they find out that Hollywood Heather goes missing. Nancy Drew and her friends have to find her! I like this book because I like sleepovers and mysteries and dolls. Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew are one of my favourite series of books ever. And the best part is you get to solve a mystery before the Clue Crew solves them!
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Thea Stilton and the Cloud Castle

reviewed by Makayla, age 7

It is all adventures and mysteries that the Thea sisters have. In this one, their friend Will Mystery called Thea and said there was an emergency. The land of clouds is disappearing. I like this book because it is about mysteries and adventures about the Thea sisters. They help each other. They never leave one behind and rescued Violet.
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Geronimo Stilton books

reviewed by Jeff, age 9

These books are about a man (mouse) who travels to different places and has different adventures! I like this book because it has great adventures and I like when they make different recipes. When I grow up I want to write a book like that!
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The Heaven of Animals

reviewed by Romina, age 7

This book is about animals that are in Heaven that have angels. Also the angels know every favourite game of the animals. I like this book because firstly, I never have heard of animals that have angels. Secondly, I really liked the descriptions because I could imagine that I am in Heaven.
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Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

reviewed by Diljaan, age 10

Greg Heffley is a normal middle schooler who is not big on "family fun", but his mom on the other hand is all for it! So she plans a family road trip. I guess you can say that it wasn't the BEST road trip yet. I like this book because Greg's mom has a lot of passion even if the whole family would love to skip the road trip. She does not stop trying and I think that is a very important quality in any human being. Even if the road trip wasn't perfect because of fender benders, a runaway pig, really crazy seagulls and more, it sure was a great book to read and review.
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Lego Elves: Quest for the Keys

reviewed by Angelina, age 10

This book is about Emily Jones, a normal girl in a normal world... or so she thought. After Emily goes into a secret portal she gets stuck in Elvendale and meets some friends! I like this book because it tells you how friendships work and to work together. In the story, the 4 elemental keys go in the key hole, but without Emily's pendant, they would have never gotten Emily home.
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The Borrowers

reviewed by Naiyo, age 9

This book is about a family of little Borrowers who live under the floors of an old house in the country. When little Arrietty talks to a human boy, her parents worry that they might have to immigrate like all the other Borrower families who used to live alongside them. I like this book. This book is an interesting novel. It was neat to read about how the Borrowers used human things to create their houses, furniture and food. There is lots of suspense in this book that makes it hard to put down.
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Safe As Houses

reviewed by Jelena, age 12

This book is about a babysitter that had to babysit 2 children but suddenly the rain poured so hard that it was the hurricane Hazel. It started to flood in the house and the children were screaming and crying and the babysitter couldn't call anyone because the electricity was out. I like this book because it is a very adventurous and astonishing book. It is full with wonder and hope. It made me feel like I was inside the book.
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Skellig

reviewed by Aaron, age 10

This book is about a boy named Michael who finds an angel creature named Skellig who lives paralyzed. Michael meets a new friend at his new school whose name is Mina. Together they discover the secrets of Skellig, and at the same time, their lives change forever because they would like to help more people than before. I really enjoyed reading it's ending because it is really peaceful. I feel peaceful because Skellig flew off into the dark blue sky after the special meeting about the truth of his life is over. Before he left, he told the kids to remember about this special meeting even when he is not with them.
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Library Collection for Kids


Kids eBooks*
OverDrive

Our eBooks for Kids' site has almost 1,000 chapter books and easy readers!
*available to Richmond residents only

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Kids eBooks
Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks contains hundreds of animated and interactive story books for kids.

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Kindergarten Readiness

Take out a Kindergarten Readiness Theme Bag and help your child get ready for kindergarten!

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Baby & Preschool Theme Boxes

Theme boxes are fun educational kits created for Babies (ages 0 - 3) and Preschoolers (ages 3+).

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Kids Book Club Sets

Start your own Kids Book Club, and take home a 12-copy book club set – we have over 30 to choose from!

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Science Kits

Science kits are great for school aged children and they are very popular. Hurry, take one home today!

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