Richardson Public Library

Richardson Public Library Richardson Public Library serves the cultural, educational, informational, and recreational needs of patrons. The mission of the Library is to make freely and readily available to the citizens of the community materials that will aid them in the pursuit of education, information and recreation.
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The Library seeks to promote activities and ideas that will stimulate, enrich and expand interests of both children and adults and to cooperate with other educational, cultural, social and civic groups in the community in areas of mutual interest. The Richardson Public Library began in 1947 as a branch of the Dallas County Library. It occupied a few crowded shelves in the back room of Cash Dry Goods store at 108 East Main St. Miss Jessie Durham, the proprietor of the store, served as librarian. The population of Richardson was then 1,200, and the library collection numbered four hundred volumes. Eleven years later, a City ordinance authorized the Library as an official City department. A $100,000 bond issue was approved to cover the costs of construction of a new building. On Nov. 22, 1959, citizens literally carried the books from Cash Dry Goods store to the new location at 310 East Tyler. This 5,800 square foot, red-brick building sat behind the police station and consisted of two rooms separated by the circulation desk. The population of Richardson was then about 12,000. By 1965, the Library had again outgrown its space. In July, the citizens approved bonds to finance a new location. The current Library building opened its doors Dec. 1, 1970, at an estimated cost of $2 million. The city population was then nudging 50,000. The 81,650 square foot, four-story building opened with the use of two floors and a small portion of a third. By 1980, the basement reference department had been added. In 1993, a bond election was approved to finish the third floor, install a second public elevator, and totally renovate the remaining space. In February 1995, the work was completed, and the building opened to the public.

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The FOL Garden is a nice, shady place to read a good book.
08/15/2020

The FOL Garden is a nice, shady place to read a good book.

We have exciting news! The online catalog is getting a new look! Beginning  Monday, Aug. 17 you'll see the changes! If y...
08/14/2020

We have exciting news! The online catalog is getting a new look! Beginning Monday, Aug. 17 you'll see the changes! If you have any questions, call us at 972-744-4350. Thanks!

https://rson.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/default

08/14/2020

Interested in getting creative, documenting these times we live in and possibly relieving some stress? Join us with Session 2 and create a Pandemic Art Journal. Minimal supplies needed (old book, gesso, paints, brushes, papers to collage, pens, markers, crayons and glue). Let's get started!

Looking for a way to document these crazy COVID times? Have you tried Art Journaling? Join us this afternoon, Friday Aug...
08/13/2020

Looking for a way to document these crazy COVID times? Have you tried Art Journaling? Join us this afternoon, Friday August 14, at 3:30 pm for the 2nd session of the Pandemic Art Journal class. If you missed the 1st session that was posted on August 7, scroll down to find it and see how to get started. This class will be up 24/7 afterwards, so join in any time.

08/13/2020
Wiggle Worms with Ms. Helaina!

Wiggle Worms: Come along with Ms. Helaina as we learn about cows that jump over the moon, moo, and type notes to the farmer! Check the comments for more Click Clack Activities!

Throwback Thursday - 1957Richardson High School homemaking class.  Don't you just love the beautiful skirts and dainty a...
08/13/2020

Throwback Thursday - 1957
Richardson High School homemaking class. Don't you just love the beautiful skirts and dainty aprons? How many of you remember cooking in homemaking class?

Attention Wiggle Worms: if you like cows (and chickens, and ducks, and typewriters ...) follow along with Ms. Helaina to...
08/12/2020

Attention Wiggle Worms: if you like cows (and chickens, and ducks, and typewriters ...) follow along with Ms. Helaina tomorrow, Thursday, August 13 at 10:30 am and learn about cows that type!

08/12/2020

We had so many fantastic and creative entries in our Children's Library card contest, that it was very hard to pick a winner. Watch this short video to see the winning entry and the Honorable Mentions. The new cards will be printed this fall.

Join Ms. Diane tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12 for a Draw and Tell about fun at the circus!
08/11/2020

Join Ms. Diane tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12 for a Draw and Tell about fun at the circus!

08/11/2020
Baby Storytime

Welcome to Baby Storytime with Ms. Kayla... OUTSIDE! As always, she has some great literacy tips for parents of babies, and all ages really. After you get your books to read, take a stroll around Darbey's Storywalk outside the Library. (There's a quick preview of the current book at the end of this Storytime.)

Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday August 11, at 10:30 am for a fun OUTSIDE Baby Storytime with Ms Kayla!
08/10/2020

Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday August 11, at 10:30 am for a fun OUTSIDE Baby Storytime with Ms Kayla!

Mice with Masks have stepped in to give the librarians a break. Stacks, Atlas and Webb have taken over Curbside Pickup. ...
08/08/2020

Mice with Masks have stepped in to give the librarians a break. Stacks, Atlas and Webb have taken over Curbside Pickup. (At least they're 6 inches apart!)

08/07/2020
Create a Pandemic Altered Book Art Journal

Welcome to Arts & Crafts at RPL. Over the next few Fridays, we'll be starting an art journal, using an old book with a Pandemic theme. Today we're creating two spreads. Each Friday we will experiment with new techinques and prompts. So, grab your supplies (old book, gesso, paints, crayons and pens) and let's get started!

Humpty's wearing his favorite mask today!
08/07/2020

Humpty's wearing his favorite mask today!

08/06/2020
Pandemic Altered Book Journal

Tune in on Fridays at 3:30 pm to join us in starting a Pandemic Art Journal! Using an old book, we’ll document, with art & words, these crazy times we’re living in. It’s not a live class, so it’ll be up FOREVER. Join in when you can.

08/06/2020
Wiggle Worms Storytime

Welcome to a Wiggle Worms Storytime that's for the birds with Ms. Helaina. (The Just Add Imagination bird house kits are all gone. Sorry!)

Throwback Thursday - 1962For several years, the Richardson Fire Department participated in Donkey baseball charity match...
08/06/2020

Throwback Thursday - 1962
For several years, the Richardson Fire Department participated in Donkey baseball charity matches. Does anyone remember watching these games?

Join us tomorrow, Thursday August 6, at 10:30 am for a Wiggle Worms Storytime about birds with Ms. Helaina.
08/05/2020

Join us tomorrow, Thursday August 6, at 10:30 am for a Wiggle Worms Storytime about birds with Ms. Helaina.

(Update: we just ran out of these kits.) Our Just Add Imagination take-and-make craft kit this week is FOR THE BIRDS! It...
08/04/2020

(Update: we just ran out of these kits.) Our Just Add Imagination take-and-make craft kit this week is FOR THE BIRDS! It's a birdhouse providing plenty of fun for kids to put together and then decorate. (While supplies last.)

BYOH (bring your own hammock) to the Library! Get your books first to relax and read under the trees. ...#hammocktime #r...
08/04/2020

BYOH (bring your own hammock) to the Library! Get your books first to relax and read under the trees.
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#hammocktime #relaxandread #atthelibrary #richardsonlibrary #summertimeintexas #asseeninrichardson #booksbooksbooks #librarylove

08/04/2020
Baby Storytime

Welcome to another fun Baby Storytime including literacy tips with Ms. Kayla! Sign up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten by clicking the Beanstack link in the Comments.

Join Ms. Diane tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5, at 10:30 am for a cut-and-tell storytime about apples! 🍎🍏
08/04/2020

Join Ms. Diane tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5, at 10:30 am for a cut-and-tell storytime about apples! 🍎🍏

Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday August 4 at 10:30 am, to watch a fun Baby Storytime including literacy tips with Ms. Kayla.
08/03/2020

Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday August 4 at 10:30 am, to watch a fun Baby Storytime including literacy tips with Ms. Kayla.

The lights go out. And then the dragons arrived.
08/02/2020

The lights go out. And then the dragons arrived.

Do you love the sweet stories and illustrations of Beatrix Potter? Celebrate her birthday this week by checking out this...
08/01/2020
Six Fun Facts about Beatrix Potter, Sheep Farmer

Do you love the sweet stories and illustrations of Beatrix Potter? Celebrate her birthday this week by checking out this informative post created by the fine folks at the New York Public Library.
https://tinyurl.com/yxs77wrb

We've picked out just a few facts about Potter that may surprise you. (Spoiler alert: The rabbit hole ends at Kate Middleton!)

Did you know even BOOKS can be quarantined? Working to keep our patrons safe.
07/31/2020

Did you know even BOOKS can be quarantined? Working to keep our patrons safe.

07/30/2020
Wiggle Worms Storytime

Welcome to another fun Wiggle Worms Storytime! This story is about a bicycle and a tricycle that don't get along, at first.

Throwback Thursday - ca. 1904 & 1898Stansell Brother's General Store was located at 111 E. Main Street in the building t...
07/30/2020

Throwback Thursday - ca. 1904 & 1898
Stansell Brother's General Store was located at 111 E. Main Street in the building that is now the Jasmine Lounge. Two brothers, J.B. and Ruff Stansell, owned the store. The first photograph was sent to the library by J.B. Stansell's great great granddaughter. The second photograph was already in the library's local history collection. Stansell Brothers was in the lower level of the two-story building from 1889 until around 1905. The Citizens State Bank moved in around 1905. Ruff Stansell then opened a hardware business a block from the original store.

Tune in tomorrow, Thursday July 30 at 10:30 am, for another fun Wiggle Worms Storytime! This one is about bikes and gett...
07/29/2020

Tune in tomorrow, Thursday July 30 at 10:30 am, for another fun Wiggle Worms Storytime! This one is about bikes and getting active outside.

07/29/2020
Mr. Robbie Presents the Tale of the Fox and the Gingerbread Girl

Mr. Robbie has been reading a lot of fairy tales this summer, and this one is his favorite! It's got a fox, a wolf, a gingerbread girl ... and more! Come along for the ride (with a special narrator) as Foxy Loxy makes new friends and has lots of adventures!

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29, at 10:30 am for Mr. Robbie's crazy fairy tale puppet show featuring a fox, a pig, ...
07/28/2020

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29, at 10:30 am for Mr. Robbie's crazy fairy tale puppet show featuring a fox, a pig, and a ... gingerbread girl? It's hard to explain — you'll just have to watch it!

The life of a hold item.
07/28/2020

The life of a hold item.

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