The Richmond Public Library lend books, pamphlets, musical scores, pictures, compact discs and audio and video tapes to citizens. Personal computers with Internet access are also available for use at each branch library.
Adults and children can receive a library card for use at any of the public library locations. The citizen must present both a driver's license (or a student ID card) and a document proving the current address. A paper card is free and a plastic card costs $1.
The library also presents a variety of programs and a monthly calendar of events is available online or at any library branch.
Richmonders who want the latest news have a variety of media outlets to tap. The daily
Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper, multiple weekly newspapers, three
television network affiliates, news radio stations and an internet news site keep locals well informed on capitol city happenings.
There are an estimated 1,000 houses of worship in the Richmond metropolitan area. Visit
Church Finder to locate the denomination and congregation that meets your needs.
Schools, Universities and Colleges
28,000 students are enrolled in 32 elementary schools, ten middle schools and nine
high schools, six exceptional education schools and five vocational and alternative
schools through Richmond Public Schools.
The city is also home to four four-year universities and a number of two-year and special institutions
that offer a full scope of higher educational and continuing education programs.
The city of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
offers numerous opportunities for young people in cultural enrichment, health and physical education, recreation,
citizenship and leadership and outdoor enrichment.
The city also provides after-school programs at many public school sites that
offer a combination of social interaction, recreation,
instruction and tutoring. The city's dance,
swimming and golf
programs are among those which have earned national recognition, and nearly every imaginable
team sport is provided for young people in
Richmond through the city.
For more information, please visit the Parks website or contact your local community center.
|Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond
|Afton Avenue Boys & Girls Club
|Blackwell Boys & Girls Club
|Dove Court/Highland Park Boys & Girls Club
|Fairfield Court Unit
|Fulton Boys & Girls Club
|Lincoln Manor Boys & Girls Club
|Linden Row Boys & Girls Club
|Southwood Boys & Girls Club
|The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Richmond
|The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
|Whitcomb Court Unit
Senior Citizen Services & Programs
The city's Adult Protective Services staff investigates reports of abuse,
neglect, (including self-neglect) and exploitation of adults 60 years and older as well as incapacitated individuals who are
18 years and older. Adult Protective Services are offered regardless of the person's income or financial resources. Persons who
receive Protective Services may live alone, with relatives, in nursing homes, adult care facilities, hospitals, mental-care
facilities, or with people to whom they are not related.
Please call (804)646-7405 for more informaion.
Services are also offered to protect adults who are impaired but not incapacitated at (804)646-7212.
Clubs & Activities
The Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities actively works with two major organizations:
The Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations (COSCO) and
The Affiliated Senior Citizens of Metropolitan Richmond.
In addition to the assistance given to the many senior adult groups, our staff also coordinates numerous trips, activities, and
special events. The staff also works closely with the
Richmond City Commission on the Elderly and the
Capital Area Agency on Aging (CAAA). Senior program specialists work with more than 78 senior clubs throughout the city.
Senior Citizens Self-Defense Classes
Senior citizens are frequently victims of crime. Senior Citizen Self-Defense classes offer seniors information about how they can protect themselves. Topics include self-defense techniques, home security, and communicating emergencies to police. Sessions are composed of one three-hour class each week for 13 weeks.
For more information contact the Police Training Academy at (804)646-6117.
Some available services for seniors through the city include referral to area agencies, emergency assistance, home support, medical and personal care, legal and financial assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, burial assistance, companion services, adult day care services, transportation services and screenings for adult care facilities.
Contact the Department of Social Services for more information on these programs.