Residents of the Washington, DC metro area are very fortunate when it comes to enjoying the outdoors: we have a wide variety of accessible terrain (seaside shoreline, wetlands, forests, mountains) and all four seasons in which to view the changes that come over the landscape. We also have some excellent opportunities to enjoy nature without even leaving the city (or its suburbs) -- Rock Creek Park, the waterfront of both the Anacostia and the Potomac Rivers, Great Falls Park, etc. The books below offer advice and inspiration for those interested in hiking on trails both near and far.
Books by and about the French Renaissance essayist
At the age of thirty-eight, after spending the first two-thirds of his life in intense political and civic activity, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) retired to his estate to think, read, and write -- to capture his thoughts. In so doing, he invented the essay (or, as he called it, the essai, meaning an attempt, test, or trial). Montaigne's essays were a departure from established, traditional approaches to composition: they were brief and personal, not comprehensive and institutional; idiosyncratic reflections, not discourses on religious, legal, or philosophical topics.
Do you know your en passant from your en prise? Your Sicilian Defense from your Ruy Lopez opening? If not, no matter! If you want to learn the basics about how to play or are trying to find some new partners for live games, the MLK Chess Club is for you: we welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Just bring your desire to enjoy "the royal game," and we'll provide the board and pieces.
Books on one of the most basic (and important) activities
For most of us, walking is one of the basics of life: it’s a milestone in our development when we’re infants, the means to get from point A to point B, something mostly taken for granted… until, due to injury, age, or other incapacity, we have difficulty doing it. But walking is also an end in itself, one of the basic pleasures in life.
Make the miles fly by with these great audiobooks that have come out this year!
This summer, as a part of Discover Summer, DC Public Library is hitting the road with the Washington Mystics with some great audiobooks that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. July's theme is Road Trip Reads. We have selected some fabulous audiobooks for adults that have come out this year that will help make the miles fly by. Happy Listening!
Check out these thoughtful titles that explore mental health.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend thoughtful titles that explore topics around mental health, coping with mental health issues and approaches to healing. Check them out today with your library card.
Celebrate the 160th Emancipation Day with thought-provoking reads and powerful author conversations.
On Saturday, Apr. 16, Washington, D.C. will observe the 160th Emancipation Day. DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend thought-provoking reads about the history of emancipation here in Washington, D.C. and powerful author conversations that explore the ramifications of institutional racism in our society. Check them out today with your library card.
History of Emancipation in Washington D.C.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with DC Public Library
Thank you for celebrating National Poetry Month with DC Public Library! This April, DC Public Library invited residents ages 6 and up to submit a haiku to the 2022 Haiku Contest around the following themes:
✎ Your love of books, reading or the library,
✎ Something small that gives you joy,
✎ DC in springtime, or
Check out autobiographies detailing the lives and careers of some of our most inspiring women athletes.
This Women's History Month, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we post Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. This month we are celebrating Women's History Month by lifting up autobiographies of inspiring women athletes. Happy Reading!