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Library-Con: Anime, Comics, Manga, and Beyond

Join us for Petworth’s annual Library-Con!  This event is a multi-generational program that will provide information and expose the world of anime/manga, comics, Star Wars, and more to the DC community. We will have special offerings such as a door prizes for children and a free raffle for teens and adults. Cosplay/costumes are welcome!Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016 Time: 1 - 5 p.m. For All Ages Come out and connect with the community through culturally based activities such as:

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Elevator Out

The elevator at Petworth is not currently functional. Please bear this in mind as you visit the library with young children and those who may have difficulty with stairs.

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Kids LOVE Karaoke

Do you love to watch and sing along with contestants on The Voice or Lip Sync Battle? Join us for Kid's Club on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14 at 4:00 p.m. to practice your favorite songs and show off your vocal gifts in our friendly environment! With adult chaperone's signed permission, we can also make a fun music video of the performances.

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Latino-themed Children's Books

An engaging resource for children and families seeking to celebrate la Latinidad.

DCPL children's collection contains hundreds of excellent children books that reflect the Latino experience. The following list brings together stories either written or illustrated by Latino authors and artists or tales that explore Latino characters and cultural identity. I have included an assortment of English, Spanish or bilingual titles in hopes that this list becomes a resource for children and families who want to read great stories that celebrate La Latinidad.

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Self-Contained Universes

A history of architecture, real and imagined

What would the world be like without the Empire State Building? Or the Statue of Liberty? Would World War II have gone differently if Chartres Cathedral had never been built? 

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We're All Our Own Heroes

Comics Featuring Adventurous Girls

The tagline for the first volume of the popular all-ages action and adventure series Princeless is simple but powerful: Save YourselfIt got us thinking about more comics in our collection featuring adventurous girls who get things done themselves - with the power of friendship, intelligence, boldness, and maybe the occasional superhuman power.

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Tis' the Season for Tough Topics: Belief and Doubt

Whether prompted by the onset of holidays, political rhetoric or other circumstances, eventually young people become curious about imaginary vs. real concepts, religious or anti-religious sentiments, as well as the faith or the doubt that classmates, neighbors, family members, or even people on TV may express through their actions, conversations, mannerisms, clothing, celebrations, places of worship, etc. 

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New and Inspirational

Illustrated African American Biography

Leading up to the 2017 American Library Association Youth Media Awards on January 23, many in the book world revisited some of their favorite books from 2016.  I went back to some of my favorite books and narrowed my list around a theme: recent illustrated biographies of African Americans who did something extraordinary.  Some are famous, some not so famous.  Two of the biographies have won multiple awards, but all are outstanding in their original artwork and storytelling.  I invite you check them out and see for yourself.

Fashion Rebels: Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion

Think You Know Your Favorite Style Icons? Think Again.

You might not know it just by looking at me, but I am obsessed with fashion. Fashion designers. Fashion icons. If it involves fashion, I’m into it. Luckily, there are heaps of fashion books at the library, and they are the perfect way to feed your addiction, while still offering some interesting information. You’ll find these particular books in the children’s non-fiction section, but trust me, fashion addicts of all ages will love them.

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Fringe Music in the Library

Marian McLaughlin, Progressive Folk String Artist

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.  Marian McLaughlin is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist pushing the boundaries of folk music. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work, and rhapsodic delivery, she creates songs of exquisite detail that are delicate, yet full of depth. FREE :: ALL AGES! Fringe curates free live music events twice a month in the DC Public Libraries sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation.    

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