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Mindfulness Books for Younger Readers

It can be hard to slow down and live in the moment in our fast-paced society. So many things around us are competing for our attention.  Meditation and mindfulness are great tools that can help us appreciate the present more fully. While books for adults on this topic are widespread, there seem to be less for younger readers, but this is still a useful practice for them too. So, below is a list of books geared towards younger readers.

Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

Haiku Contest Winners

Asian Pacific Heritage Month Contest

After days of hotly-contested deliberation among staff, Georgetown Neighborhood Library finally chose the winners of their 2019 Haiku Contest in honor of Asia Pacific American Heritage Month.  There were so many good entries, and a wide diversity of opinion from judges of which was the best.  The winners are: See my Asian eyes Where are you fro they ask -- I Am American - Kathleen Guevara, Adult Winner

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Graphic Novels about Parenthood and Getting Pregnant

 Are you a parent who is plagued by lack of sleep, toddlers who refuse to go to bed, constant tantrums, or do you have the theme song of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood stuck in your head? Then perhaps it’s time to unwind with a graphic novel about parenting. The following is a list of books about the experience of parenting: becoming a parent, struggling as a parent or just a couple of laughs about that crazy process of raising a kid.

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Life and Death in the Wild

Solo Wilderness Adventures (That End Well and Not)

When you want to get away from it all, but you just don’t have the leave; when you want to be your own and only boss, but your boss does not agree; when you want to have a heart-stopping adventure, but not the lifelong injuries, do so vicariously with these books about solo wilderness adventure. Some, but not all, of these protagonists survive. Some, but not all, of them learn important life lessons. But all of them step out of the everyday and fling themselves into the extraordinary.    

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Inspirational Writing Books

Don't Give Up Your New Year's Resolution

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to write the great American novel or take up another artistic endeavor? Are you now finding yourself a month after New Years, with your goals and hopes dashed? You need a creativity pep talk. The following is a list of books designed to get you back on track, restore your enthusiasm and remind you of why you started that creative project in the first place.  

Sorry to Bother You

30th Annual Black Film Festival

DC Public Library's Celebration of Black American Cinema

30th Annual Black Film Festival DC Public Library's Celebration of Black American Cinema Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in February at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library!! Feb. 5 Sorry to Bother You  starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. Directed by Boots Riley. 111 minutes, 2018, rated  R Feb. 12 BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington and Adam Driver. Directed by Spike Lee. 135 minutes, 2018, rated  R

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Picture Books for Young Environmentalists

Do you have a passionate recycler in your house? A plant and animal enthusiast? An aficionado of the latest energy-saving efforts? Then this book list is for them. Below is a list of several fiction and non-fiction picture books for all the plant-loving young readers out there. Stories about saving the environment in China during the cultural revolution, to a determined girl in present day United States-- there's an array of books to encourage your young environmentalist on this list. 

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C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

In celebration of Black History Month, distinguished historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver presentations throughout February. The award-winning historian, humanities scholar and exhibitor of artifacts has appeared at DC Public Library since 1989. He has spoken at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, Arena Stage, colleges/universities and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Read the Rainbow: Middle Grade Edition

Every single reader deserves a book where they can see a reflection of themselves, regardless of race, sexuality, creed and many other factors.  While some take their time, many kids and tweens discover their sexuality and gender identity early on.  Although we can always use more, books about queer kids and tweens are published more frequently than in years past.  Below are eight recent novels for middle graders where the main character is queer.  The final three books on this list are about transgender individuals.  

Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Diverse Contemporary Young Adult Literature

I have loved reading young adult contemporary novels for a long time and discovering characters whose life experiences, interests and stories are similar to mine. However, only ever consuming books about people like me isn’t always the most fulfilling. Reading about characters from different cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds than mine provides insight into what their lives are like.  Moreover, it’s essential to read diverse books in order to help us develop understanding and respect for other people.

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