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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

How to Read Like a Librarian

Peek at our staff's reading list

There are a lot of librarian stereotypes out there: we’re all women (false), we’re all either uptight and impersonal or coding nerds with tattoos (false), we like to shush people (false), and we have either read everything in the library or we only read books you’d find on lists of importance (definitely false and false).

The Cooking Gene by Michael W Twitty

Hey, I Know Them!

A handful of books by authors in the area

The DMV isn’t just about government and politics. We have lots of talented people in the literary world living in and around the city. Some are rare natives to the area, and others are, like many of us, transplants. Whether they’re new here or not, you might be lucky enough to find these authors strolling around DC or, you might even know them personally. Check out their books from your branch and support local talent!

We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee

New Year, New You

Nonfiction for Living Your Best Life

It’s the beginning of the new year, so it’s time to start thinking about your goals and intentions for personal betterment (if you’re into that kind of thing). Even if you’re not up to writing down or articulating your resolutions, you may want to pick up a few titles that will encourage personal growth. Here are six titles to get you started toward a more-informed you.

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Candy Construction

Holiday Houses at Southwest

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Southwest Library held its fourth annual Holiday House program. Over seventy-five children and their families came to build colorful creations out of graham crackers, frosting and a wide selection of candy.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Twice upon a Time...

Young Adult Fantasy Series

As the colder months approach, you'll want plenty of good books to keep you busy indoors. Why not dive into a new series? And, while you're at it, why not try some fantasy to escape the doldrums of the dark reality of winter? Below, find the books that kick off seven great young adult fantasy series. Some series are complete while others are still in the works, so take your pick and, like a drifting snowflake, get carried away by these immersive stories of the fantastic.

What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home

I'm a Big Sibling!

All about New Babies for Big Siblings

For parents, there’s a lot to take care of with a new baby on the way, but it can be hard on big-siblings-to-be, too! These books can help make understanding the how’s and why’s of the new baby easier on the big sibling. From younger kids who are concerned about how the new baby will change their family to older kids asking about how babies are made, this list has something for everyone. Happy reading -- and congratulations on your new family member(s)!

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Witch, Please

YA Novels about Witches to Enchant You

As you prepare for the Halloween season, you might get a hankering for some witchy young adult treats. Give one of these a try, from novels that revisit the Salem Witch Trials to stories relying on new world building and books that reinvent old favorites.

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Graphic Novel Girls

I have always been interested in graphic novels that have a woman or young girl as the main character. Maybe it's because when I was younger, I did not see a lot of female lead characters. Well, that has definitely changed. Here are some of my favorite Juvenile Graphic Novels with strong young women as leads. Snow White written and illustrated by Matt Phelan

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Books to Read after Watching "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"

Netflix’s adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a hit, it’s possible you saw it without having read the book first. That’s the obvious first place to start to get your fix of teen romantic comedies, but if you want more, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these heart-eyes-inducing teen reads. In the immortal words of Peter Kavinsky, “Girl come on, you know I already got it.”

Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos

The Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos

Southwest Library book discussion, Sat., July 28 at 1:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library book discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sat., July 28.  This month's title, The Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos, winner of the 2014 National Book Award, offers a dramatic portrayal of life in contemporary China, one of the most rapidly evolving societies in the world today.

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