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Under the Volcano

Modern Tragic Heroes

Is redemption possible?

Protagonists in modern novels are often deeply flawed. Similar to the Greek tragic heroes of old, these modern heroes are undone by aspects of their personality, such as a propensity to live in the past or a desire for immortality. All of the main characters in this list have failed. The questions are whether and how they can redeem themselves.

"Divergent"

Teen Movie Night

'Divergent'

We're hosting a screening party for Divergent in honor of the recent theatrical release of Insurgent, with snacks and Insurgent-themed giveways!

"My Boyfriend's Wife Part 1" by Mychea

'My Boyfriend's Wife Part 1' with Author Mychea

Urban Fiction Book Club

Do you enjoy the rise and fall of powerful crime families in your fiction? How about salacious, sinful love interests and unabashedly immoral protagonists? Or women characters who take what they want when they want it and men who turn their tears into vengeful bullets? Then you may be an urban fiction fan!

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Family Craft-ernoon

Spring is here!

Join us as we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring! We will make bluebird paperchains from Jean Van't Hul's book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes. This activity is for all-ages, and will run from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.  We look forward to seeing you!

Experimental Book

What Did We Just Read?! Book Club

April's Meeting

Do you like to be left scratching your head after finishing a book? Do you enjoy asking yourself, “What, exactly, did I just read?” What Did I Just Read?! Book Club may be just what you’re looking for! Once a month, we’ll meet to discuss an innovative work of literature that avoids taking the straight path from A to B. These books sometimes start at B, or they skip B, or they never really leave A. Perhaps they just circle around point C.

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Weekly Online Trivia Contest!

Women's History Month

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month, and win fantastic prizes! Every Monday in March, a new trivia question will be posted on Twitter (@dcpl) and Facebook.  Respond by Friday with the correct answer using #herstoryDCPL, and get entered to win a different prize each week!  We'll reveal the correct answer at the end of the week.

Experimental Book

What Did We Just Read?! Book Club

Six Months In

So, what did we read the past six months? The first book to leave us scratching our heads was Virginia Woolf’s The Waves.

"House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski

What Did We Just Read?! Book Club

March's Meeting

Do you like to be left scratching your head after finishing a book? Do you enjoy asking yourself, “What, exactly, did I just read?” What Did I Just Read?! Book Club may be just what you’re looking for!

Middle of Nowhere Movie Cover

'Middle of Nowhere'

Black History Month Film Screening

Celebrating Black History Month!  Join us Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. for a film screening of Middle of Nowhere (2012).  Writer and Director: Ava DuVernay Starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint.  Drama.  1 hr, 39 minutes.  Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. 

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'King Hedley II'

Black History Month Book Discussion

Celebrate Black History Month on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Join us for a discussion of King Hedley II, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, August Wilson. Copies of the book are available at the Takoma Park Library. Call 202-576-7764 for more information.

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