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What's Out There?

"The stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.” -Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

The wide vacuum of space: black, never-ending, mysterious and beautiful. Haven’t you ever wondered what could be lurking among the stars? These YA novelists have a few ideas, and not all of them involve peaceful alien alliances or inter-dimensional romance.   The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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The Magic of Books

Celebrate the Joy of Libraries and Books and the People Who Love Them

Any librarian or author will tell you that libraries hold a special place in their heart. Often it's because one librarian treated them kindly or the library stood in as a safe place to escape from senseless troubles. Sometimes, it was the unseen world found in books that ignited a hidden creative talent. In this selection of books for young readers, celebrate the magic of books and the discoveries that follow when you surround yourself with stories and people who love them.  

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C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

In celebration of Black History Month, distinguished historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver presentations throughout February. The award-winning historian, humanities scholar and exhibitor of artifacts has appeared at DC Public Library since 1989. He has spoken at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, Arena Stage, colleges/universities and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Winter Horror

Spooky things hide in the snow.

The snow makes it seem peaceful and quiet… almost too quiet. Weird things abound in the coldness outside. What’s out there? I think I see something in the distance, but the snow is too thick. Is there something moving out there? You go check. I’m going to stay inside by the fire, and drink my hot cocoa.   All is quiet. Nothing is moving. What’s scarier than that?

Natural Hair Care

#IamNotMyHair

Non-Fiction books focused on Hair-Care

People often times see their hair as a major reflection of themselves. In many cases, a deep personal relationship is established between a person and their hair. Hair and beauty is a multi-billion dollar industry and it is estimated that a person will spend 50,000 on hair over their lifetime.  

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Make the Most of Winter

Books to help you survive (or even celebrate) the coldest season

After the friendly and familial reunions, comfort food, and celebrations at the end of the year, turning the corner into January can sometimes seem like a slide right into the darkest heart of winter. Sometimes it feels like the sun never shines, and when it does, it seems colder than ever. At least we had a significant snowfall, so if you're a snow lover like me, there's plenty of the white stuff to enjoy.

The Cooking Gene by Michael W Twitty

Hey, I Know Them!

A handful of books by authors in the area

The DMV isn’t just about government and politics. We have lots of talented people in the literary world living in and around the city. Some are rare natives to the area, and others are, like many of us, transplants. Whether they’re new here or not, you might be lucky enough to find these authors strolling around DC or, you might even know them personally. Check out their books from your branch and support local talent!

Test Taking

Tips for Surviving Midterms and Finals

Test taking can be stressful, overwhelming, and boring for almost all students. Finding ways to cope and relieve stress will help increase focus and grades on midterms, finals, or any other test throughout the year. The following are tips and actions students all ages and all test-taking needs can use to decrease stress and increase scores.   

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The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka

Book-length Poems for the Poetically Skeptic

Recommendations for Readers Who Crave a Story

For those who don’t read poetry, a major hang-up can be the fact that many collections lack a plot. Readers who want a story may shy away from the genre, for fear of being bored or distracted by abstract verse. Fortunately, the book-length poem offers a solution where readers can escape into an exciting tale all while enjoying the sparse but potent language of poetry. The below books have the potential to convert even the most devout lovers of novels and memoir.  

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