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Behind the Scenes with Annie

What do librarians do all day?

Welcome back into (Miss) Annie’s mind. In this edition, we are going to take a look at what librarians really do at work.

Story Time with Annie

How to create a great story time at home or at the library

Welcome back to Annie’s blog! Today’s topic is my favorite part of my in-library job: story times.

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Houseplant Heaven

Prepare for peacefulness

With autumn approaching, why not bring some of the outdoors inside to beautify your home and your spirits? Not only do houseplants provide color and texture to any home decor, they soak up nasty carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, contributing to cleaner air in your rooms. Many health studies (including one by NASA!) show that plants purify indoor air and contribute to reduced stress levels.

All about Libraries with Annie!

Hello and welcome

Hello out there, everyone in the DC Public Library blogiverse.

When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

Indigenous Voices in Verse

Contemplating the Native American experience through poetry

Nothing quite compares to the poetic rendering of the experience of indigenous people. Tribal history, spirituality, internal grappling with identity, the juxtaposition of American and Native cultures and the responsibility and anguish of survival – all of these come together gorgeously in lyric form and give a holistic yet personal picture of Native American life.  

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A Whale of a Good Read

Whale-forward sea stories for younger readers

The beach without books to read is like the sea without whales. Kids and parents alike will love these creative and sweet whale tales this summer.     Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts

Poetic Perspectives on Prison

Lives and Literature Behind Bars

The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, making prison culture a topic of constant political and social relevance in our country. The subject of incarceration is also a compelling source of inspiration for many poets. The following recommended books are written by formerly incarcerated artists or writers inspired by the experience of prison.

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Go West

Summer is here and for many travelers that means exploring the western US with its wide open spaces, bright blue skies and colorful towns reminiscent of the Wild West.  American West literature features writers with equally big masterpieces.  If you’re yearning for a taste of Big Sky country as preparation for a trip across the Plains or as a vicarious experience, check out these classics by award-winning novelists who bring hardship, history and heroism to life with alluringly vivid detail.

The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

Washington's Got Talent

Books of Poetry by Local Writers

There is no question that Washington, D.C. is a political and cultural capital. The city also happens to be a hub for the written word, being the home of many writers and literary events and festivals.   In the spirit of celebrating the literary heritage of D.C., here is a list of books of poetry available at DC Public Library written by local authors.  

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Bikes, Bites and Bucket Lists

Epic Journeys for the Rugged Cyclist

May is National Bike Month and what better way to get motivated than to read some cycling memoirs.  Some of these may jump onto your bucket list while others will make good couch reading.  If you're looking for a local ride, join DC Public Library on the 10th Annual Tour de DCPL on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Click here to register.  We hope to see you on the trails!

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