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Contemporary Central European Literature

Writing from the Lands Between

Central European writers created some of the most distinctive prose and poetry of the 20th centuries. Kafka, Sienkowicz, Kundera, Andrić, Musil, and others masterfully employed irony, gallows humor and the anti-heroic “view from below” in their examinations of modern bureaucracy, ill-treatment by historical forces and the weight of memory. This list provides suggestions for readings from their 21st-century literary heirs (loosely conceived) – writers born in a mutilated world that demands both praise and lament.

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Bicycle Journeys

Epic adventures on two wheels

Are you a metro-area bicycle commuter who dreams of strapping a set of panniers onto your bike and heading far from the madding crowd? One needn’t be a cyclist to enjoy a tale of long-distance cycling – experience perhaps doesn’t even help the enjoyment. The books below are a combination of first-person narratives of explorations of undiscovered territories, both external and internal, and well-researched histories of epic journeys across continents.

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Census 2020 Help Clinic

Let your voice be heard!

Everyone Counts!  As a D.C.

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Great Novels of the 2010s

The end of a decade can make you think about the best offering from those previous 10 years. This is by no means the “best” books of the 2010s, but a selection of books that struck me in a way that I found unique. They cover different topics and different genres, including historical fiction, apocalyptic tales, and mythology, but all feel both classic and timely.

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Intro to Classical Music

Classical music can be one of the most daunting topics for someone to get interested in. Although other forms of art such as literature and visual art have been around for centuries as well, classical music somehow seems like it existed for hundreds of years and then kind of stopped being created, leaving it stuck in the past and somewhat difficult to start discovering.

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The Essential Theatre Presents:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

In partnership with The Essential Theatre, the Anacostia Library cordially invites you to see the play, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  This play based upon Washington Irving’s famous short story has been adapted by David Ostergaard and directed by Emily Hubbard. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  is an ideal autumn tale for young and old.  More tricks and treats will follow after the play provided by the Fairlawn Citizens Association and the Friends of Anacostia Library.

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An Intro To The World of Soccer

For a long time, soccer has been the most popular sport in many places all over the world. Much of South America, Europe, Africa and Asia are crazy for the game. It seems as though the United States was resistant to it for a long time, but it has slowly but surely been gaining momentum here.

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Voting Rights

The right to vote is central to the concept of a democracy, and the near-constant struggle for some citizens to access those rights is one of the most important narratives in our country’s history. These titles may provide a brief (and certainly not comprehensive) introduction to this issue, and will likely increase your interest in this and other related struggles in our nation’s complicated history.

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Living Well Self Management Workshops

Workshops For Health and Wellness

In partnership with DC Health and other major health care providers, the Anacostia Library is offering the Living Well Self Management Workshops. These workshops are free to adults seeking help to manage health conditions such as cancer, depression or anxiety, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and more. The workshops will offer techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty. Living Well Workshops will take place at 10am every Saturday  from Sept. 7 through Oct. 19.

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