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Sorry to Bother You

30th Annual Black Film Festival

DC Public Library's Celebration of Black American Cinema

30th Annual Black Film Festival DC Public Library's Celebration of Black American Cinema Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in February at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library!! Feb. 5 Sorry to Bother You  starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. Directed by Boots Riley. 111 minutes, 2018, rated  R Feb. 12 BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington and Adam Driver. Directed by Spike Lee. 135 minutes, 2018, rated  R

Bird Box

Bird Box Read-a-Like Challenge

Adult Fiction with Thrills and Chills

Pop culture has been abuzz over the latest book to film adaptation: Netflix's Bird Box. The overnight sensation walks the line of a post-apocalyptic, psychological thriller featuring Sandra Bullock and her two children evading a mysterious presence to reach safety. The film has generated much curiosity toward the source material and DC Public Library has everything you need for your movie to book comparison needs.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Cover

Coffee Table Books to Make You Look Smart

Books you probably haven't read but boy do they make you look interesting!

A brand new year has just begun and you find yourself full of energy and the motivation needed to ensure that 2019 is one for the books. Of course you're going to lose that last pesky ten pounds, start off every morning with 30 minutes of meaningful meditation and finish at least one book a month.

Image of silhouettes holding protest signs

Teen Activism and Advocacy

In 2018, teens used their voices to demand change. They advocated for themselves, for their families and for each other by attending protests, participating in campaigns, and contacting representatives in their local and federal governments. The advocacy of teens has often been overlooked and their power is minimized. These books highlight the issues teens face today, how you can affect change in your community, and introduce the voices of teen activists.

poisoner's handbook

How (Not) to Get Away With Murder

Nonfiction About Forensic Science

It’s the age of the true crime fan! Everywhere you look, there’s a new documentary, podcast, or book about true crime. Internet communities have sprung up to try solving famous unsolved crimes themselves, or just to discuss infamous cases like the Black Dahlia murder or the Zodiac Killer. And there’s plenty to talk about. As forensic science continues to evolve and advance, more and more cold cases are being solved. Genealogy and DNA tests and other methods have brought about the arrests of multiple killers, including the infamous Golden State Killer just last year.  

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Read It, Cook Eat, Eat It

Pairing Novels with Cookbooks

There is always something eminently enticing about a description of food. A good author brings you right into the kitchen or dining table as they conjure the smell, taste and experience of a good meal. For me, reading about food makes me want to drop everything and experience it myself. Here are three fabulous novels paired with three fabulous cookbooks that’ll take you from your reading nook and straight into your kitchen!

The Parker Inheritance

You've Got a Friend in Me

Books about friendship for kids and teens

Younger kids (Pre-k through 2nd grade) Hooray for Hat by Brian Won Elephant is in a terrible mood, but surprising generosity from a mysterious benefactor cheers him up so much that he decides to help his friends get out of their gloominess. An excellent opportunity to discuss supporting friends and shaking off sadness.

Sketchbook Project cover

January is Art Appreciation Month

January is Art Appreciation Month. From galleries to museums to open spaces, art can provide enjoyment, challenge our thinking or provide a reflection of daily life. Below are selections of books featuring art history and appreciation for your reading pleasure. 501 Great Artists edited by Stephen Farthing

People Holding Hands

Cultural Diffusion

Cultural diffusion is the spreading out and merging of pieces from different cultures. These different cultures all have many diverse types of food, clothing and even languages that people love and enjoy every day. But with these different cultures coming to America, they are bound to be spread, which can be seen as a good thing and a bad thing. It is seemed to be a bad thing because a lot of people are scared to learn and be around different cultures because all they know is their own and may not be open to learning.

Colorful zine page copies lay on a table, created and photocopied at our January Zine Lab

Zine Lab

A New Creative Space Emerges

Woodridge kicked off the New Year with a burst of creativity at Zine Lab on Jan. 8. Presented with support from DC Zinefest, which moved to the neighborhood last summer with its 8th Annual Fest at Art Enables, Zine Lab provides a creative space for anyone curious about zines, or already making them, to brainstorm and get to work at the library. We're continuing the flow of ideas with two more Zine Labs this spring, open to Teens and Adults. Mark your calendars for:

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