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How to Find and Get Books!

Social distancing requires us to think a little differently about how to get books. Your librarians are here to help!

First, you need to find the right titles!

Destiny Discover is your friend! You can use the search bar at the top or browse the recommended titles in the Collections section or the Topics sections, or check out the New Arrivals and Popular titles. If you want more help, just reach out to the librarians here [insert how this is going to work]!

Collections in Destiny Discover

Once you have found something you like, you have a few options!

  1. If you’ve found an ebook, instructions for how to download titles can be found here.
  2. Place books on hold through Destiny Discover, and the librarians will pull the titles for you. (Still working out the details of how this will work!) Instructions on how to do this can be found here. [insert link here to instructions.]
  3. Search the catalog in Destiny Discover, and email the librarians at <> to let us know what books you would like us to pull for you. (Ditto to above!)

We will be adding new titles regularly and creating and updating recommendation lists in the Collections section, so be sure to check those!

We look forward to helping you find your next great read!





New ProjectLIT Chapter at Collegiate

The Collegiate chapter of #ProjectLit is up and running! Our first lunch/recess book club meetings around the graphic novels El Deafo by Cece Bell and New Kid by Jerry Craft were a success, with lively discussions from both students and faculty. A main topic of discussion was around the theme of IDENTITY, specifically how to remain true to yourself even when it would be easier to conform to what is expected of you from peers, friends, family, and teachers. We’ve all spent time in what Cece Bell calls “the bubble of loneliness,” even when those around us are trying to do the right thing. It’s hard to exist in two different worlds, as both Cece and Jordan experience.

Many of us could empathize with both Jordan and Cece, as we’ve all been the “new kid” or felt different from everyone else. We discussed ways in which subtle, seemingly harmless actions or comments (also known as microaggressions) can be hurtful, express prejudices, and reinforce stereotypes. Some of us noted that reading these books made us realize how we have unintentionally said or done something that would be considered a microaggression.

As a warm-up to our discussion, everyone wrote down a question or thought related to El Deafo or New Kid and the discussion flowed from there. A list of thoughts and questions can be found here.

Our next book club will meet on Wednesday, December 4th, at lunch/recess, and we will be discussing: Blended by Sharon Draper, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya, and Front Desk by Kelly Yang. You DO NOT have to have read all three books to join the discussion! We hope to see you then.

Find out more about ProjectLIT by checking out RGL’s ProjectLit page.


National Book Award Finalists Announced

The Finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards have been announced. The awards are given in five categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Literature in Translation, and Young People’s Literature. The National Book Award is given by The National Book Foundation and honors exceptional literature written by United States citizens.

This year’s finalists for Young Adult Literature are:

Last year’s winner for Young People’s Literature was The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

VCU professor and author Tressie McMillan Cottom has been nominated in the Non-fiction category for Thick: And Other Essays, which is available in Saunders Library.

Winners will be announced November 20, 2019.

More information: Twenty-five Finalists to contend for National Book Awards in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature

Cottom’s book, ‘Thick: And Other Essays,’ named a National Book Award finalist


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See What’s New with Destiny Discover

Did you know you can use Destiny Discover (part of the Library catalog) to see the newest books added to the collection, to browse books by topic, to access eBook titles, and even to see the most popular titles based on number of checkouts? Well, you can!
You can access Destiny Discover by clicking on the “New Arrivals” link under “Library Catalog” on the RGL homepage, or by going directly to this link: