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Story Time at the National Portrait Gallery

Wednesdays, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

DC Public Library joins the National Portrait Gallery’s Tuesday – Friday story time, Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m.  Enjoy stories, music and movement that encourage and model a love of reading and learning in the unique and interactive Explore!

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Homo Economicus

How to get over boredom and frustration when engaging with the most important subject of our time

It turns out, after the 2008 out financial crises, that maybe free market capitalism unhindered by regulation, wasn’t a perfect and flawless mechanism for ensuring growth and prosperity. Suddenly Marx’s Capital was back on the bestseller list and the Social Democrats were taking seats in Congress. So what are “We the People” supposed to think, to believe, to enact?  Here are a few reads to help us get into the problem.

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Ghanaian Authors

Ghana. The first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence, a regional power in West Africa, and home to 30 million people. Ghana -- like many other African countries -- has a rich oral literature history. For this post, I wanted to discover the writings of Ghanaians, and this selection of books is a good introduction to Ghanaian authors and a peek into Ghanaian culture and history. Each one of these authors has Ghanaian ancestry and was born and/or raised in Ghana.

In the News: DCist Covers Library Facilities Master Plan

On Friday Fe. 8, DCist ran a story about the 10-year master plan for being developed for the District’s Library facilities. Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan spoke about why there is a need for a master plan after an already ambitious library improvement program.  “We don’t want to rest on our laurels insofar as we’ve got a campus of beautifully renovated libraries. We want our libraries to provide more meaning and impact,”

Children's Books for Black History Month

In Today's New York Times, Author Ibi Zoboi gave readers "Picture Books That Bring Black Heroes to Life." The books compiled stories and pictures to give the reader "fresh insight into the lives, creativity and achievements of a truly resilient and profound people."  To see Zoboi's recommendations, click here.  

Discover SCIENCE* with Dr. Bear: Safety First!

Monday, February 18, 2019 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

*Scientific Creative Innovative Engaging New Cool Experience A hands-on STEM and arts program focusing on health issues of concern to the local D.C. community.  Presented by Children's National Health Systems, this month's topic is "Safety First!" Bicycle helmets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

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Young Adult Novels In Verse, Part Two

Back in 2016, I published a list of young adult novels in verse, and the time has come to revisit this format. Every year, the YA publishing world comes out with more novels in this format. Below is a list of several new novels in verse that have come out since 2016, along with a few backlist titles that don’t get enough love.

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Ready, Set, Chapter Books!

Beginning Chapter Books

Looking for something a little more complicated than Elephant and Piggie, but not quite ready to read Harry Potter? Beginner chapter books can be tricky to find especially since in my cases they are on the same shelf as longer chapter books. This guide highlights a few of my favorites of the genre.    Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with These DC Romances

Don't want to go out in the cold for Valentine's Day? Whether you love a good mystery, a romantic comedy or a throwback to the 80s, curl up with one of these hot reads showcasing romance in D.C.

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