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Fairy Tale Winter

Each season of the year has its own unique qualities. But, it's winter, more than any other season, that feels filled with magic. Maybe it's the quietude, the way an uncommon hush from a snowfall can feel like awe; or maybe just the way we still when  spending more time indoors, more time at home. Magic creeps into my reading taste this time of year, but I like to read things that feel fresh, too, in a way. Below are some books that aren't fully fantasy, but that have it creeping at the edges, like ivy on a wintry house.

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Autumn Books and Songs

While summer is a time that feels actionable and light, winter feels like a time for hunkering down. The opposite sensibilities of summer and winter leave autumn, which officially started Sept. 23 this year, to be the in-between time.  As summer's curtain lifts for fall, it sets the scene for settling. And, in correlation, the romanticism of summer tapering to a slower pulse feels like longing.

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Book bundles for Hispanic Heritage Month

Small collections of children's books that celebrate Hispanic culture!

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and our Children's librarians have curated book bundles with contents in either English, Spanish, or bilingual for all our users to discover and enjoy Hispanic culture and authors.  Each bundle includes 5-7 fiction and non-fiction titles, picture books and audiobooks. Have questions or additional requests? Talk to the children's librarian!

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Literary Coming of Age Fiction

Literature often isn't about an event happening; often the best stories are about small events and how they change someone. One of my favorite types of story is one where the narrator grows up and into themselves. Adolescence is a time of so much growth, development, and change that is ripe with narrative power. Here are some of my favorite coming of age stories:  

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Feelings, Feelings, Feelings

The important thing to remember about feelings is that despite the manifestations they find in the world, and/or the actions taken to express them, they only truly exist in your head. There are a lot of methods for managing the way these feelings impact your life, and finding someone to talk to is invaluable. But another way to move forward is to look at things through another lens.

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Walt Whitman and Fiction about the Mystery of Being Alive

Walt Whitman left an enormous impact on American culture. His impact is well documented in both his own words and by people who have come afterward and found resonance with his work.

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Romance with a Compelling Setting

One of the most essential principles of books that delve into the different ways we love people is that the book needs to be felt. Part of what makes that happen are the characters themselves: how realistically they are portrayed and how well the author is able to make them feel human, or how much of an affinity they have to our own sensibilities (or to what we can imagine as readers). These affinities ground themselves in the characters, but also in the settings of the books.

Test Taking

Tips for Surviving Midterms and Finals

Test taking can be stressful, overwhelming, and boring for almost all students. Finding ways to cope and relieve stress will help increase focus and grades on midterms, finals, or any other test throughout the year. The following are tips and actions students all ages and all test-taking needs can use to decrease stress and increase scores.   

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Meals Served July 1 -- Aug. 9

DC Public Library is participating in the 2019 Free Summer Meals Program.   Kids and teens eat free lunch on weekdays from July 1 -  August 9. No registration is required.   Lunch will be provided Monday – Friday from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the following library locations:

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Year End Reads

As the official winter season gets closer, the weather slows things down and instills a heaviness that really makes us feel ourselves in our bodies. When we are not as frenetic, books are a great companion to the new (but cyclical) rhythm. It’s a vista from which to take stock, particularly with a new year on the horizon line. The books below offer characters or writers who are speaking to a centeredness, steadiness, or timeliness.

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