The Anacostia Library would like to congratulate Zahkura Eastman who was the First Runner Up in the Writing Category of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest! Her piece is titled Even Though They Get It Done She said about the piece:
"My piece is about the ending of a cycle of hate. It is about the pain of being a man and woman growing up where we may live. It's more of a spoken word kind of piece but still is a poem nonetheless."
Read the piece below!
Anacostia Library invites you to join us on the Plaza for Scholar's Mate, a fun outdoor activity where we will teach the basics of Chess along practice matches on Thursday July 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [LS-246526-OLS-20].
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November is an excellent month to curl up with a good book -- especially a good picture book! November is National Picture Book Month, and the Anacostia Neighborhood Library can't wait to celebrate! We have thousands of titles for you to check out (virtually and physically), and can't wait to hear about your family/ personal favorites. Throughout the month of November, all who visit the library will also have the opportunity to choose from a select group of picture books to add to your own collection!
Central European writers created some of the most distinctive prose and poetry of the 20th century. 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.
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.
Are you an aspiring runner in need of guidance? An occasional jogger who sometimes needs a push to get out the door and onto the road or trail? Or a dedicated veteran runner who wants a little inspiration? The books below provide advice on equipment, running technique, training programs and tales of runners whose performances have made the sport what it is today.
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.
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.
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.