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Black History Month Reads with The Washington Mystics

Check out these great picture books and chapter books for children celebrating Black athletic excellence!

This Black 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. February's theme is Black Athletic Excellence! We have selected some great pictures books and chapter books for children that will get them excited to move their bodies and get active. Happy Reading!

Bling Your Baby Contest

Bling Your Baby Contest

Send holiday cheer to the entire community with your hilarious photos!

‘Tis the season of giving, and photos of your babies are number one on DC Public Libraries’ wish list (your children, your pets, your sweethearts).

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Russian Literature Beyond the Classics

Perhaps you’re already familiar with (and maybe you've been put off by) Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and the other great 19th-century Russians. Or you want to find out what Russian writers have been writing during the past fifty years. Or maybe you simply want to read something different. This list contains a sample of works by Russian writers from recent decades; in them they examine the weight of history, the boundaries of the soul, and the oft-hidden dimensions of the world with the irony and depth of vision that we have come to associate with Russia's greatest writers.

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Political Science Fiction

It’s overwhelming sometimes to be in Washington, DC; everyone’s political voices can start to ring in the ears like a cacophony. But, even with the inundation, it's often still rewarding to seek out books that portray political ideals and ideas in a subtler, even obfuscated way. If you're interested in engaging with political thought, but not necessarily the feedback loops that come with it, the below titles are well considered and may be enjoyable!

Aerosoul

Aerosoul: Murals For Our Time

The story of the artists, and the murals that changed the face of public art in Washington, DC

In partnership with DC Murals: Spectacle and Story, DC Public Library presents AeroSoul:  Murals for Our Time, which explores the deep connection between illegal graffiti of the past, and the sanctioned Street Art murals of today. The 8 ft x 66 ft exhibition is presented as eight captioned panels on the front windows of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. This interactive exhibit will delight youth and mural fans of all ages. The exhibition is anchored by a team that includes:

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Poetry by Marlena Chertock

Featured on the DCPL Podcast series "Access This"

On the latest episode of the DCPL Podcast series Access This, local poet and co-chair of the OutWrite Festival, DC's annual LGBTQ+ Literary Festival, Marlena Chertock talked with Jenny about disability in the literary community and shared a few poems, which are printed in their original forms below. *You can listen to the episode, which includes a full transcript, at https://dcplpodcast.simplecast.com/episodes/access-this-poet-marlena-chertock *Check out the OutWrite Festival August 6th-8th, 2021 by going to thedccenter.org/outwrite and learn more about Marlena at MarlenaChertock.com

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The New Sincerity & David Foster Wallace

The idea of “New Sincerity,” which was especially noted in popular culture of the 1990s, drew a large amount of its nominal popularity from the essay work of David Foster Wallace.

Patternmaster

My Baby Step into Science Fiction

Trekking along with my goal of branching out and reading different genres, science fiction was next on my list (after poetry). With every genre I read I always seek out authors of color/Black authors so the following books on this list are Black science fiction authors, talented voices that are not at the forefront of the genre.  

Homie

My Reentry to Poetry

This year I set out to read genres that I’m not drawn to. The list includes mysteries, horror, and poetry. My introduction to poetry was in grade school, and I was not impressed; I just couldn’t understand the deeper meaning behind the metaphors, and it was not enjoyable. Now, far removed from grade school I’m setting out to re-discover the genre.

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Justice Shorter's Reading List

As Heard on the DCPL Podcast "Access This"

On the April 20, 2021 episode of the DC Public Library Podcast series Access This, Jenny from the Center for Accessibility chatted with Justice Shorter about the Top 5 books that inform her personal and professional life as a Disability Justice advocate, Black Disabled Lives Matter amplifier and national expert on disability-inclusive disaster protections, emergency management and humanitarian crises/conflicts.

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