DC Public Library’s Evil Laugh Contest is officially underway, and the countdown to our deadline has begun. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick Tock. You have until the stroke of midnight on Friday, Oct. 15 to make a librarian shiver.
“My course is set for an uncharted sea.” - Dante Alighieri
The ocean has been an infinite and undeniable source of fascination. This hypnotic collection of maritime mysteries reflects some of the most perilous and tragic periods in history; readers will encounter yarns of legendary shipwrecks, bloodshed and possession, and the hope of redemption. Chart a course for lands unknown and grab your investigator’s cap, you’ve got some sleuthing to do!
Everyone loves a good story. The Golden Age of cinema, filmmaking during the 1910s - 1960s, was no exception. Tinseltown was, and still is, in the business of mythmaking and -- from the “lowly” assistant to the matinee idol -- everyone had a tale of victory and calamity, intrigue that attracted (or was generated by) the rumor mill. These Hollywood hopefuls wrestled against studio-contrived standards that transcended the screen and into the collective consciousness.
Books that Touch on Police Brutality and Black Lives Matter
The protests of 2020 are an opportunity to remember individuals who were stripped of their humanity---Sandra Bland. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Dominique Clayton. Michael Brown. Christian Taylor. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd.
There’s never been a better time than now to jump into a time machine; set a course and grab your helmet! While sadly that isn’t possible (for now), we can escape to other histories, bodies, and universes in the pages of the books below.
Each title explores the questions that are bound to time travel -- free will versus determinism, establishing identity in an age of futility, and fighting for love in an unpredictable landscape. Bring along a notebook; things can get tricky.
Most people like to laugh. Some people, though, obsess over *what* makes people laugh. What's the formula for funny? How have our society's comedic sensibilities changed over time? What's the story behind the creative minds that crack us up? If you're a comedy fan, historian, or maybe even a comedian yourself, consider checking out these titles about comedy and the people who make it.
When you think of a library what do you see? Do you picture a hushed building with musty shelves and leather-bound volumes? Yes, that’s accurate in some cases, but libraries can stretch beyond physical spaces; they stimulate intellectual curiosity, provide economic and physical relief, and perhaps most importantly, are intersectional institutions that embody a democratic and cooperative spirit.