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Stay At Home Family Book Club Picks

Great Books for the Whole Family to Read & Discuss During Self-Quarantine

Being cooped up at home with your family 24/7 can be stressful, no matter how much you love them. Everyone needs entertainment and intellectual stimulation, and a bit of quiet time to themselves. During this self-quarantine period, it can be hard to find enough of the first two, and any of the third. So I’ve put together this list of 10 excellent middle grade books that the entire family can read and discuss. If you're seeking something that is educational, quiet, and promotes family bonding, then look no further! All the books on this list had to meet four simple criteria:

DIY Face Mask

Collect your fabric, prepare the needle and thread, and create your own face mask with this step-by-step guide.   Materials:

Poems of Rumi

Poetry with Soul (eBooks & Audiobooks)

It's National Poetry Month!! So, I decided to gather a list of poetry-inspired books in celebration of one of my favorite genres! Poetry has the ability to transcend reality, evoke thoughts pertaining to age-old questions, and to provide a sense of comfort. As we all know, the world is presently responding to the harsh realities of COVID-19,  leaving communities quarantined. As we redefine our daily routines, here's a list of poetry-inspired books to assist with reflection, dreaming, grounding, etc.

Humans of New York: Stories

Something to Say

Creators of Blogs, Podcasts, YouTube Channels and More Share Their Stories

While catching up on some light reading, why not try a little light listening with these ebooks and eAudiobooks available through OverDrive and the Libby app. Flip through the vibrant collection of photographs from one of the most read blogs in the world. Go on an adventure with a journalist who shakes up her career in a shaken up community. Laugh and sigh as creators of YouTube videos, podcasts, and blogs give life to their stories as only they can.

Author Elizabeth Acevedo Discusses Her Book “With the Fire on High” with DC Public Library

Book Talk Concludes Special Edition of DC Reads Program

To wrap up the DC Public Library’s special edition of DC Reads, author Elizabeth Acevedo will discuss her book “With the Fire on High” in an online book talk Saturday, April 4. The online discussion will begin at 2 p.m. To participate, log onto

Washingtoniana Interim Location Permanently Closed

The temporary Washingtoniana location in Van Ness (4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW) has closed permanently as we prepare to return to the newly modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  The Library is scheduled to open this fall and we’re excited to reopen in a beautiful, expanded space with more than 50 newly processed archival collections, increased reference resources and engaging public events that support our mission to connect communities to our collections.  

Library Restores More Than 4,000 Blocked Accounts

Continues Work Removing Barriers to Online Use During Closure

The DC Public Library is taking additional steps to ensure all DC residents have access to the many resources available via the Library’s digital collection. To do so, the Library removed barriers to more than 4,000 blocked Library cards.  


The Intimidating Book Club: Middlemarch

Intended for those who have always wanted to read that one classic novel of gargantuan proportions but never did (or didn't finish). This group will read a notoriously lengthy book widely considered a classic, section by section, and meet monthly for a one hour discussion.

Poetry Reading

#DCPoetryClub on Twitter for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, we will meet on Twitter on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. to share and discuss our favorite poems. Tweet a link to a favorite published poem, not written by you, and include #DCPoetryClub and @dcpl. Be ready to read and comment on the other poems shared.

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Elizabeth Acevedo Recommends

A DC Reads List

For the special edition of DC Reads, we have enlisted a special Read Feed from the author herself! Recommended by Elizabeth Acevedo, here are books, songs, music and recipes to enjoy after you have read With the Fire on High. Some of these are not in the Library, but we wanted to share them all! Books Once you have read With the Fire on High, here are three more delicious reads.