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Armchair Travel

Travel with a Book During the Pandemic

Travel and vacations are unlikely at the moment. But luckily, with a book you can travel across the globe without a mask or a million sanitizing wipes. Below are books that are guaranteed to provide an engrossing armchair trip without any of the worries of travel right now. Just sit back and let the words journey for you. 

Poetry Reading

#DCPoetryClub on Twitter for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, we will meet on Twitter on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. to share and discuss our favorite poems. Tweet a link to a favorite published poem, not written by you, and include #DCPoetryClub and @dcpl. Be ready to read and comment on the other poems shared.

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Middle School is Tough

Books to Get Through It

Middle School can be brutal. Navigating bullies, teachers and making friends can be a dangerous endeavor. Luckily, there are lots of books with humor and class about surviving this difficult period in life. Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley

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Listen Together with Your Middle Grader – Mythology

Do you miss reading together now that your child is on to full-length, middle-grade novels? Audiobooks to the rescue! Download the Overdrive app on your favorite device or fire up the old CD player. Get out the coloring books, modeling clay, or Legos or get the sound system set up to play MP3s or CDs in the car. Audiobooks are a hands-free, voice-saving way to continue enjoying books together with your 5th - 8th grader. This list is for readers who love mythology.

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Listen Together with Your Middle Grader – Magic and Mystery

Do you miss reading together now that your child is on to full-length, middle-grade novels? Audiobooks to the rescue! Download the Overdrive app on your favorite device or fire up the old CD player. Get out the coloring books, modeling clay, or Legos or get the sound system set up to play MP3s or CDs in the car. Audiobooks are a hands-free, voice-saving way to continue enjoying books together with your 5th - 8th grader. This list is for readers who love magic and mystery.  

Blueberry Muffin Murder

Wintery Cozy Mysteries

Curl up at the Fireplace with These Frosty Capers

Have you been pining for snowy drifts with all the warmer weather reports coming our way lately? The only thing to do is turn for a book. So, I’ve assembled a list of snowy, cozy mysteries to keep you company by the fire, even if the weather outside refuses to cooperate. Set in a variety of different places, these mysteries will take you to Cleveland, Ireland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and England—all during crisp winter weather.

Harriet

31st Annual Black Film Festival

The DC Public Library presents  31st Annual Black Film Festival Every Tuesday evening in February, starting at 6 p.m. at Georgetown Library Feb. 4 Harriet: The incredible true story of Harriet Tubman, and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Directed by Kasi Lemmons. 2019, 125 minutes, rated PG-13. Feb. 11

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Poetry on the Immigrant Experience

Poetry has a way of saying things unlike any other medium. So few words and yet they strike straight to the heart. This is even more true when they address larger issues like borders, immigration and the experience of being “illegal”. Check out these poetry books for insight into the lives of immigrants.   Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez

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Oldies and Goodies

Short Story Collections by Men Writers

Get ready for some time travel and teleportation. As a follow-up to “Short and Spicy: Short Story Collections by Women Writers,” this list features short story collections by men. The first books in this list bring us back to early twentieth century America while the later suggestions immerse us in more modern times and international perspectives.  

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Historical Mysteries Set in Britain

If you enjoy tea, biscuits, and a good whodunit, then this list is for you. I’ve compiled a group of enjoyable mysteries set against historical backdrops in Britain. While this is not an exhaustible list of the offerings in this area, it’s a good place to get started if you’ve read all of Agatha Christie’s books and don’t know where to go next.

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