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The Dutch House

2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalists

On May 4, 2020, the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. The Pulitzers are among the most prestigious American prizes in journalism, writing, music, poetry, and more.

Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge Book Club

For Summer Challenge, we want you to take a little bit of time each day to read, but we also want you to aim high with your reading and connect with others by reading good books. This summer, we have chosen one book each month for you to read from our online collection to read and discuss. On the fourth Thursday of the month, we will host an online discussion lead by DC Public Library staff and friends.   

DC Public Library Board of Trustees Votes to Eliminate All Overdue Fines

Last week, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate all overdue fines during its May board meeting. The Library acknowledged “overdue fines create barriers to access for the very populations the library works to serve – low-income residents – and are not an effective tool to encourage on-time return of library material” in the document explaining the measure.


New Kid Read-A-Likes for Adults

For those who are participating in the DC Family Read of Jerry Craft’s graphic novel New Kid, here are five graphic novels for adults you should definitely check out. These books, much like New Kid, also tackle the themes of being torn between two worlds, racism or prejudice and diversity in a moving way.

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DC Family Reads Kicks-Off with New Kid by Jerry Craft

Get Psyched for Summer Challenge!

DC Family Reads is a new DC Public Library literacy program that compliments DC Reads, a program for adults and teens. DC Family Reads will include books that a family can enjoy reading, discussing and doing related activities together.


Baseball and Feeling Fit!

For preschool children and families

Here are some books and video story books about baseball and staying fit and healthy. These items are available in the library's digital collections and aimed at preschool-aged children and their families.

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Oceanic Tales

Adult nonfiction to get swept up in

Throughout history, oceans have provided inspiration and adventure as well as a place of danger. Enjoy an adventure on and under the ocean with a selection of non-fiction books. All of these titles are linked to in their eBook and digital audiobook versions for current ease of access, though DC Public Library also owns many of these titles in physical format as well.

A right to the city

A Right to the City - Chinatown

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are highlighting the history of the Chinatown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. brought to us by our partners at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum (SIACM). For the past year, we have hosted pop-up versions of the Museum's exhibition "A Right to the City" focusing on neighborhood change in six Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, including Chinatown. 

DC Public Library and Pepco Encourage Local Teens to “Know Your Power”

Summer creative arts contest asks DC teens to show how they would change the world.

The DC Public Library Foundation and Pepco have teamed up with the DC Public Library to launch a contest that inspires teens to think beyond the traditional notion of power and explore how they can use their art to have a positive impact on their communities and the world, both during this unprecedented time

Behind a Mask

Louisa May Alcott

For When You've Read Little Women 50 Times

Louisa May Alcott’s timeless, classic novel about four sisters coming of age during the Civil War has endured for over 150 years now. Little Women itself has been adapted to film, to graphic novel, reimagined in a modern setting, and inverted in new ways. That has inspired many to explore the other stories and novels of the beloved author, who never imagined she would become known as a children’s author.