RICHMOND -- Encouraging a passion for reading is the goal of the new Hot Spring Reads: Book Talk, Lecture and Event Series hosted by the Richmond Public Library Foundation that kicks off with a free Book Lover's Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3150 Garrity Way.

The forum will announce 18 new titles recommended for spring and summer reading and invites individual book lovers, as well as book clubs or those interested in forming a club to attend. Teachers and students are also welcome.

There will be a free drawing and light refreshments.

For more details send an email to info@rplf.org or visit www.rplf.org.