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Provocative and Political YA

Last year as the election drew to a close, politics came to the forefront as those in our community and beyond debated with increasingly sharp rhetoric. Youth have also engaged in the action taking place. In November 2016, Montgomery County students made national headlines after hundreds walked out of class to protest Donald Trump’s election.

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Slavery in America

I haven’t had a chance yet to see Washington’s new and acclaimed National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tickets are hard to come by! In the meantime, I’ve been doing some reading to prepare for a visit in the near future. These books of historical fiction succeed in making the unimaginable all too real.

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Taking Care of Our Furry Friends

Books for younger readers that touch upon the theme of responsibility

Teaching youth about responsibility can be a difficult task for any adult, but one method to get children invested in this concept is taking care of others - and there is no better place to start than with pet ownership. Among other holidays, February celebrates Responsible Pet Owner’s Month. If your child has been pestering you for a furry friend, then perhaps you will find these materials timely.

Beautiful Disaster

All Hot & Bothered

For those who love hot romance with a little drama

Love romance novels? Want extra amounts of angst and drama thrown in? Well, this is your dream list! I am not one for super happy go lucky romance novels, and I figured there are others out there who feel the same way. These stories will make you angry, antsy, cry, and swoon all in one go. Enjoy your emotional roller coaster ride! 

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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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Andrew Carnegie Medals 2017

During the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in Atlanta, the winners of the annual Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction were announced. The winners will officially receive their awards in June. Below are the winning titles available to check out and download from the library.Fiction

Beneath a Meth Moon

Teens and Adversity

Realistic fiction about young people in challenging situations

Books geared toward teens encompass a multitude of subjects that speak to their interests, upbringing, and personal experiences. In the real world, young people endure challenges that force them to overcome obstacles they have no control over, or from circumstances they contributed to. The proceeding realistic fiction highlights teenagers navigating adversity with an emphasis on behavioral reactions or coping mechanisms that create more harm than good.

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Going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

Try Some of These Picks for Your Young Child

If you haven’t already visited the National Museum of African American History and culture, now is the perfect time to go. It’s not every day that a new museum opens in DC. But rather than just looking around, why not take this opportunity to talk with your child about some of the amazing exhibits they'll see? Here are some great books - especially for younger readers - that exemplify what the museum has to offer.

The Gift of Nothing

Priceless Gifts

Picture Books That Counter Consumer Culture

Parenting amidst a commercial culture can be stressful, especially if you value imaginative play, frugality, ecological awareness, and the development of empathy.

A Broken Hallelujah

Honoring the late Leonard Cohen

In Writing, Film, and Song

Two of the greatest experiences of my life involved seeing Leonard Cohen, the late great Canadian singer and poet, perform live. While his body has left us, his spirit lives on through his decades of writing and song. Here are some recommendations of books and films by and about him to help understand and commemorate his legacy.  

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