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Library Closed February 17

DC Public Library is closed Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Friday Five: Yours and Yours Alone

Some Books about Solitude for Valentines Day

Valentines Day is the perfect time to think about.... solitude. At this time of year when we feel all kinds of pressure to find the perfect match, it can be healthy to reflect on what it means to be ok with yourself, to be happy in your own company. So, even though we are hosting a slate of speed-dating sessions this month, allow me to also suggest five books that lift up our capacity for solitude and self-reliance. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Museum Trip

Your Friday Five

Museums by Picture Books

As a child I went to a lot of museums with my artistic grandmother. Lucky for her, I loved them as much as she did. I even liked reading books about museums! As an adult, I still like reading books about museums. Here are some of the titles that got me started. For families who love art or adventures, these artistic adventures are a fun way to explore museums or prepare for a visit from the comfort of home. 


Your Friday Five

Graphic Novels

Every once in a while you just need pictures to accompany your literature.  Luckily, literary creative minds have developed the "Graphic Novel" and, indeed, they are novels.  This is a selection of the most recent graphic novels to stir up my imagination, and I hope you enjoy!  Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Zombie Makers book cover

Your Friday Five

Non-boring Nonfiction for Tweens

Let's face it: sometimes informational books, especially those published for kids, can be formulaic or uninspiring in both their packaging and their content.

Dracula's Guest cover

Your Friday Five

Short Stories and Essays for Every Taste

Looking for a new author? No time for a full length novel? No problem! The library has many short story collections and essay compilations so you're sure to find one that will interest you and just might lead you to a new must read author. Below are just five of the many options so take a look at one today.

Into the Woods

Into the Words

When stories and songs collide

Hollywood has finally produced a film version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's wonderful Into the Woods.

Book with a Hole

Your Friday Five

Interactive Books

Whenever I plan a story time for children, I always try to choose books that are fun and engaging.  Some of my favorite books are the ones that children can interact with. If they play a role in the storytelling, they are more likely to pay attention and have a positive attitude towards reading. Below is a list of some of my preferred interactive books for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

Instant DCPL

7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.

china dolls

Your Friday Five

Back in the day....

China Dolls, Lisa See Three young ladies meet in San Francisco in the 1930s as they audition for the glamorous life of dancers at a new night club. They search for fame, love, and friendship while confronting racism, and when WWII breaks out, rising anti-Japanese sentiment throws a wrench in their plans! Read it, love it.