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Life and Death in the Wild

Solo Wilderness Adventures (That End Well and Not)

When you want to get away from it all, but you just don’t have the leave; when you want to be your own and only boss, but your boss does not agree; when you want to have a heart-stopping adventure, but not the lifelong injuries, do so vicariously with these books about solo wilderness adventure. Some, but not all, of these protagonists survive. Some, but not all, of them learn important life lessons. But all of them step out of the everyday and fling themselves into the extraordinary.    

Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan's 2018 Performance Oversight Hearing Testimony

February 25, 2019

Good morning Councilmember Grosso, members of the Committee on Education, and staff. I am Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the DC Public Library. I am here this morning to testify on the Library’s performance in Fiscal Year 2018, accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2019 to date, and plans for the year ahead. As always I’d like to start by offering my thanks to the Committee for its ongoing assistance and support of DC Public Library.

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Get Reading, Get Coding!

And Get Ready for Girls Who Code at Woodridge

Girls Who Code is an organization founded by Reshma Saurani with the mission of closing the gender gap in technology. Since 2012, Girls Who Code has worked with schools, libraries and other public institutions to bring coding to girls in all 50 states, and several US territories. And now - Woodridge gets to be a part of it! Open to all interested children in Grades 3rd-5th, here are some books to get you and your child acquainted with the world of coding before or after our first meeting on Wednesday, March 6:

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Tournament of Books 2019

It's back!

I like to read all the books in The Morning News' Tournament of Books annually, so that I can ensure I've read at least some well-regarded adult fiction. This is my favorite way to do that, as the list is usually diverse in terms of genres, perspectives and styles. You can find my picks from last year's tournament here. I have to admit, this year's overall list was not my favorite - three of my top five picks are from the play in round!

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

Books by Celebrity Poets

Where Us Weekly and Literature Meet

A constant flow of gossip from magazines, blogs, entertainment news, social media and tell-all books keeps anyone interested informed about the lives of celebrities. For those who want a peek at the innermost thoughts of their favorite stars, there’s a whole other medium to explore: the celebrity poetry book. Here are some book ideas for the reader obsessed with the rich and famous.  

Lost and Found Cat

The Shelter of Each Other

Picture Book Stories of Resilience and Hope Amidst Displacement

War, climate change, persecution and economic hardship are forcing many children and families worldwide from their homes to seek refuge elsewhere. Leaving behind a home and country, often never to return nor knowing where the journey will lead, can be traumatic. These picture book stories about displacement, all of which are true stories or based on true events, will resonate with children who have had similar experiences. They also introduce children without such experiences to the plight of refugees, in a way that fosters understanding and empathy.

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Inspirational Writing Books

Don't Give Up Your New Year's Resolution

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to write the great American novel or take up another artistic endeavor? Are you now finding yourself a month after New Years, with your goals and hopes dashed? You need a creativity pep talk. The following is a list of books designed to get you back on track, restore your enthusiasm and remind you of why you started that creative project in the first place.  

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​Washingtoniana Walk-In Hours

In order to improve access during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library modernization, we've expanded walk-in hours to match our open hours:   Sunday & Monday: Closed Tuesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday & Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. First and third Saturdays of each month: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

Solicitation Number: DCPL-2019-R-0068

Issue Date:  February 25, 2019 Questions Due:  March 15, 2019 (4:00pm) Closing Date: March 25, 2019 (2:00pm) Description: Event rental and management consulting services DCPL-2019-R-0068 Solicitation DCPL-2019-R-0068 Attachment J.1 - J.13

Read Across America

Read Across America

Dr. Seuss Story Time

Sending a very special whooty who To all who’s and Cindy Lou’s No matter how small This is your call!   The time is now To celebrate Read Across America The Anacostia Library will show you how!   So go, go, go Run, run, run To the Anacostia Library to have Seuss fun, fun, fun!   You can come on skates You can come on skis You can come in a hat

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