Join us for our new Dungeons & Dragons Players program on Aug. 18 @ 6 p.m. There will be a Dungeon Master present to guide players through the adventure. Players age 12 and up are invited to this awesome program.

Unable to attend? Enjoy the nerd/geek-themed titles linked below.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern http://bit.ly/1BgGIcj

Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It by David M. Ewalt http://bit.ly/1sZqyQI

Nerd Girls: the Rise of the Dorkasaurus by Alan Lawrence Sitomer http://bit.ly/1rwnWHg

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil http://bit.ly/1pblIhG

Geek: Fantasy Novel by E. Archer http://bit.ly/1uxGjAr

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl by Barry Lyga http://bit.ly/1t3Xir0


I want you to stay for tessavirtueandmoir

because it’s your birthday and your name is gray, which rhymes with stay and we skyped and cried about this program together for at least 3 hours. still bitter that our photo is blurry but it won’t be the last. so go dance yourself into a bright future filled with sass, class and friendship. love ya girlie <3


Yesterday during our weekly video game program, one of the teens made a coffee run and brought me the drink Levi makes for Cath in Fangirl. So of course we had to tweet at Rainbow Rowell about it.

We may have lost our minds a bit…

(The recipe according to Starbucks barista twitter user @keepthemuse is “Grande mocha breve, ½ chocolate, 2 pumps pumpkin spice, extra foamy” and it is SO good).

Live Action Pac-Man at my library. It was our teen end of summer Video Game Jam. Fun was had. I’m exhausted. BTW, I’m Pac-Man in the picture in the upper right corner with our LIC Mallorie.


Graphic Novel Art Workshop!

On Saturday, June 27 at 10am the library is hosting a an art workshop for grades 6-12. Award-winning author/illustrator Kevin C. Pyle will introduce comic drawing and storytelling tools to create your own heroic tale. You’ll learn to do word balloons, drawing, and develop your own hero in this 90 minute workshop. 

I know it’s early but you have all summer to sleep! Kevin C. Pyle is an amazing artist and this is a great opportunity for beginners and advanced artists alike. To register call 732-721-5600 ext 5028 or click here!


The joy of being a YA Librarian at the Richmond Public Library!! We can share our resources with anybody. Armstrong High School Choir director brought his students to the Main Library so they can study our resources. Library Science Student Patty Conway (Future Awesome YA Librarian) and RPL reference staff Lynn Vandenesse  (who knows a lot about our art and music collection) worked together to develop a program explaining to the teens how to access and use our music resources. They did a great job! The students were great as well and utilized our resources. I hope they will come back! Thanks everyone for the team work!

Summer Reading Club and Programs at the Library

I know you’re excited about summer, who can blame you? But you know who is even MORE excited about summer? ME!

I’ve got a bunch of excellent things planned in June and July, for instance: 

See that last program on the brochure? It’s an overnight lock-in. That’s right, 12 hours IN THE LIBRARY. No one allowed in or out but Young Adults. BUT, you have to attend 3 programs and read 21 hours in the Summer Reading Club. “But Sti, how do you join the Reading Club?”, you ask. Or you would if this were an infomercial…This year we’re going digital, so starting June 1 (yes, a Sunday and yes before school is technically out) you can go to the library’s website or the library (free) app and sign up to log your hours spent reading this summer!

Here’s what the website will look like when you get there: 

Create an account and log your hours! The website will keep track of them and tell you when you’ve earned a prize. Just as in years past there are 5 stages to the club:

  •  Stage 1=3 hours 
  • Stage 2=6 hours (9 hours total) 
  • Stage 3=12 hours (21 hours total) 
  • Stage 4=24 hours (45 hours total)
  • Stage 5=48 hours (93 hours total)
Now before you start complaining that 93 hours is so much time….93 hours over an 83 day long summer (June 1-August 22) means you only have to read 53.4 minutes per day. TOTALLY doable. Especially if you’re listening to audiobooks or completely that dreaded but mandatory and not always awful require summer reading for school.  Okay, that’s all I’ve got for now. If you have questions, leave me a comment or come in and see me! I’ll be the one rocking the rainbow hair all summer! DFTBA, Sti