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Essex

To See the World in a Grain of Salt

Microhistory Books Looking at Small Things With Big Impacts

Naturally, it’s important to study the grand, sweeping moments of history and analyze why they were so eventful—they were grand moments for a reason, after all. But it can be equally enlightening to practice microhistory, the study of a smaller unit of research, often a single person, family, event or village in excruciating detail so as to extrapolate larger questions about history, humanity and social change during a particular period.

Mayor Bowser Celebrates Third Anniversary of Highly Successful Books from Birth Program

More Than 40,000 Children Have Received Books Since Program’s Launch

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the third anniversary of the highly successful Books from Birth program at Briya Public Charter School in Ward 1. Since the program launched in 2016, 793,685 books have been mailed to babies and children across all eight wards. The Mayor was joined at the celebration by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan.

STEAM

STEAM Ahead Into Science!

Each month we will feature a STEAM program at these select locations: Rosedale Neighborhood Library, Southeast Neighborhood Library and Woodridge Neighborhood Library. 

History of the Ladies Night Book Club

It all started ten years ago, when library technicians Darnelle Perry and Martha Robinson came up with the idea to hold a book club at the newly-opened Northwest One Neighborhood Library.

Book Cover of All The Pieces Matter

Oral Histories

A well put-together oral history is a beautiful thing. The organizational mind and narrative-building skills of a great writer can be paired with first-person quotes from some of the most interesting and talented people in a given field. Here is a sampling of some of the oral histories DC Public Library has to offer!

Dinosaurs from Head to Tail book cover

Science Fun 101

Engaging intros to science topics for preK-2nd graders

Why is the sky blue? Why do dogs wag their tails? Why don’t I float away when I hold a balloon? Why? WHY? WHYYYYY? If you have a kiddo in your life, you probably encounter questions like these all the time. These questions are beautiful proof that children are budding scientists, eager to explore how and why things work. But, um, they’re really dang tough to answer.

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).

Where'd You Go Bernadette

The Book was Better

Books being adapted into Movies and TV in 2019

Famous Fails

Picture Books about Inventors and Inventions

Looking for picture books and nonfiction about about inventors, inventing and building something out of nothing? 

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