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Happy 104th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Celebrate with her books and some great read-alikes

On Sunday, April 12, 2020, Beverly Cleary celebrated her 104th (that's right -- 104th) birthday!

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Current Favorite YA Fantasy Books!

Five binge worthy fantasy books!

I think that fantasy novels are a great way to distract yourself from stress, life, or whatever it is you would like to avoid. They also allow you to completely immerse yourself into a world that is different than your own. Allowing you to pretend to be a warrior, a witch, or even a demon. The five books discussed here are the first books in series. So, if you enjoy the series for the world-building, the characters, the action, the romance, or the drama, you can continue to read more books that each author has published in the worlds. 

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What Happens After the End of the World?

With everything going on lately, I’ve been swallowed by a thousand emotions and thoughts per hour and my mind’s been haphazardly ping-ponging between the doors holding each one in place. To be fair, in order to comply with D.C.’s Stay At Home Orders, my body only ping-pongs around my apartment so at least one part of me stays steady.

Notes from Undergound

Alone!

Alone!  Alone!  Alone, whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

Blackout

Problems You Will Never Have

Escape the worries of real life with these titles

Everyone copes with the stress of living through a global pandemic in different ways.

Chef Quarantine

Spring Chicken Dinner Salad

Chef Quarantine  Spring Chicken Dinner Salad by Kat Boytsova

Black History of the White House Book Cover

DC Emancipation Day, Census 2020, and Voting

Read and participate

With DC Emancipation Day on April 16, it seems prudent to be thinking about D.C.’s place in this country and the history it has seen, as well as all the people who have shaped it into the city it is today -- and what steps can be taken even now from home to contribute to its future.

DC Emancipation Day

DC Emancipation Day 2020

Online Resources Connecting you to D.C. History

The library has a wide range of online resources for learning about history. Use these ebooks and databases to learn more about Emancipation Day and DC history. All of these resources are available by going to the DC Library web page and using the online catalog or our collection of goDigital databases.

Grant

24 Hours of Audiobooks

Audiobooks that will keep you occupied

No matter the reason for finding yourself with a lot of time on your hands, there are many ways to make the best of it. One of those ways is by diving into a super long book on audio. All of these books are not only critically acclaimed, but they’ll also take you more than a day to listen to. That’s right, each of these audiobooks clocks in at over 24 hours long, so you won’t find yourself without something to read and listen to for quite a bit.

Quilting 101

Learn how to create your own quilt.

Watch and follow along as Allie creates a quilt from start to finish with these helpful video guides. Download Sweet Celebrations on OverDrive to follow the guide used in the video. Part 1: Materials    Part 2: Assembly

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