Sept 21, 2020      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Celebrate Culture and Art with Culture Days at the Library
RHPL continues to offer a variety of virtual programs during COVID-19 pandemic

Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL) invites you to get inspired through a variety of online and in person programs in celebration of local art and culture. RHPL, a provincially-recognized Culture Days Hub, has partnered with the City of Richmond Hill to offer a many free, cultural experiences for the community in a format that respects social distancing and safety for all.

The Library has adapted its offerings to provide dozens of online programs for community members at home, including photoshop tutorials, help for small businesses, coding clubs, and early literacy programs. Earlier this month, RHPL also launched its first-ever Virtual Reference Desk for kids, allowing school-aged kids the opportunity to connect face-to-face with a Librarian and get homework help online.

Culture Days kicks off on Sept. 26 and run through Oct. 17 and will consist of:

  • Art Conversations at Central Library: See works of the Richmond Hill Annual Studio Tour and Dynasty Watercolour Association artists in person, outside of our Central location.
  • Poetry in the Time of COVID-19: Lilita Tannis from Art in Migration reads her poems inspired by the pandemic along with other works.
  • After the Girl was Gone: Ken Sparling shares his handmade books that tell stories through text and images.
  • Music Trivia! Listen and play along with Jessica Tse, 2020 Richmond Hill Emerging Arts Award Winner, and York Region Chamber Music.
  • Harp Harmony: Award winning Canadian Harpist Emily Belvedere will introduce kids to the harp.*
  • Origami Fun: Join Jackie Han, founder of Origami Canada, and learn about his creations. Then learn how to make some yourself!*
  • Taiwanese Shadow Puppets: Meet Three’s Company for Culture and learn about traditional and modern Taiwanese shadow puppets.*
* registration required.

Culture Days festivities are one of the many ways the Library is safely facilitating a spirit of community and connection during the pandemic. For more information, including program dates and times, visit
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About Richmond Hill Public Library: Richmond Hill Public Library has served its local community for more than 165 years. The Library has over 72,000 card holders, and sees one million annual in-person visits and 2.2 million digital visits to its physical and virtual spaces. It serves a population of more than 200,000 Richmond Hill residents through its four locations: Central Library, Oak Ridges Library, Richmond Green Library and Richvale Library. Find out what’s happening at RHPL by visiting

For more information, please contact:

Annesha Hutchinson
Manager, Communications
Richmond Hill Public Library