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All Girls by Emily Layden

Back to School

Novels on campus for adults

As the days of summer wane and we transition to fall, some of us still feel that instinctual pull to go shopping for office supplies, pack lunch in an insulated box, and toss a backpack on our shoulders to head back to school. The campus can be a great setting for a novel with built-in conflicts of making the right grades, interpersonal relationships among students, and so much more.

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson

Rolling in the Deep

YA stories about the sea

With vacation season ramping up and the height of summer upon us, you may be looking for some water. Cold, refreshing water. We suggest starting with one of the biggest sources of water out there: the ocean. If the coast is a little too far for a trip, try these books about the sea. Adventure, romance, magic, and so much more await just beyond the horizon. Enjoy these books beachside or on the imaginary shore of your mind. 

Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz

Well Loki Here!

YA Norse Mythology

If you’ve been catching the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment, Loki, you might have a hankering for more Norse-inspired stories. Whether you’re looking for something specifically about the God of Mischief or you’re interested in something broader, we’ve got something for everyone.

Cook with Amber Fun Fresh Recipes to Get You in the Kitchen by Amber Kelley

Delicious and Nutritious

Teen cookbooks for all skill levels

For teens considering picking up a new hobby, look no further. This list of cookbooks written with teens in mind (and, in many cases, by teens) provides the framework and challenges aspiring chefs of all skill levels can enjoy. From comfort basics to more complex recipes featuring unusual ingredients, these recipes cover it all. Get hooked on cooking while developing problem solving skills, independence, and confidence (no matter your age)!

What If by Randall Munroe

Pixels to Print

Webcomics on paper

When I heard that Lore Olympus was to be

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Hearts Broken and Mended

Stories of Grief in YA Fiction

A complicated emotion, grief is one we all experience and respond to differently. These young adult novels take grief and show its transformative power in a number of different circumstances. From a girl fighting demons within and without to a summer vacation full of boys meant to distract from the one who can’t be there, these books offer heartbreaking and heart-mending stories.

Alone Together by Jennifer Haupt

The Pandemic on Paper

Writings about the COVID-19 pandemic and how we live now

Many of us have turned to artistic endeavors throughout the pandemic to fill some free time, writers included.

Speak of Me as I Am by Sonia Belasco

Make Yourself at Home

YA books that take place in D.C.

Reading is always a fun experience, but there’s something extra special about stumbling upon a setting that holds familiarity. Whether the location is a surprise or you know about it before you pick up the book, recognizing places and descriptions -- and sometimes, visiting them -- can really impact the way we engage with a story. These books take place right here at home in Washington, D.C. but aren’t all about espionage and political intrigue. Find yourself right at home with one of these reads.

New Southwest Library Nearing Completion

Construction of the new Southwest Library, at 900 Wesley Place, is nearing completion and will open in Spring 2021. The modern design blends seamlessly with the mid-century modern architecture for which the neighborhood is known. The building will feature:   Environmentally sustainable design with solar panels and a green roof Expanded spaces for children, teens and adults Lots of natural light A variety of seating options  Meeting room for 100+ people 3 conference rooms for 12 - 20 people

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