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Constellation of Books!

Favorites from Our Young Readers

The Grand Staircase at Woodridge has a few obvious purposes- going up and down between floors, and relaxing on the benches. A new collaborative project also brings book recommendations from young library readers in the form of the Constellation of Books! Friends wrote down their favorite books for inclusion in this fun display along the staircase glass, taking us from the stairs all the way to the stars. See anything you'd like to revisit?

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Wintery Picture Books

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

I have a confession: I love snow. Okay, so I prefer to be inside while it's happening, but I love the way snow looks as it descends on the city. Here are some picture books that reflect and showcase the childlike joy snow can bring.   Walking in a Winter Wonderland illustrated by Tim Hopgood

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Mysteries Featuring Famous Authors

Authors aren't always confined to being behind the scenes of a mystery. Sometimes they take center stage as the sleuth. Check out these historical mysteries that feature well-known authors as the amateur detectives intent on solving murders instead of writing about them.

We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee

New Year, New You

Nonfiction for Living Your Best Life

It’s the beginning of the new year, so it’s time to start thinking about your goals and intentions for personal betterment (if you’re into that kind of thing). Even if you’re not up to writing down or articulating your resolutions, you may want to pick up a few titles that will encourage personal growth. Here are six titles to get you started toward a more-informed you.

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Candy Construction

Holiday Houses at Southwest

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Southwest Library held its fourth annual Holiday House program. Over seventy-five children and their families came to build colorful creations out of graham crackers, frosting and a wide selection of candy.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Twice upon a Time...

Young Adult Fantasy Series

As the colder months approach, you'll want plenty of good books to keep you busy indoors. Why not dive into a new series? And, while you're at it, why not try some fantasy to escape the doldrums of the dark reality of winter? Below, find the books that kick off seven great young adult fantasy series. Some series are complete while others are still in the works, so take your pick and, like a drifting snowflake, get carried away by these immersive stories of the fantastic.

Request for Qualifications

Call to Artists - DC Public Library

DC Public Library Public Art Commission - Vestibule of The MLK Library Request for Qualifications Amendment A01

Request for Qualifications

Call to Artists - Capitol View Neighborhood Library

Capitol View Neighborhood Library   Submission Date:  December 31, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. EST Request for Qualifications

The Carrying by Ada Limon

Year End Reads

As the official winter season gets closer, the weather slows things down and instills a heaviness that really makes us feel ourselves in our bodies. When we are not as frenetic, books are a great companion to the new (but cyclical) rhythm. It’s a vista from which to take stock, particularly with a new year on the horizon line. The books below offer characters or writers who are speaking to a centeredness, steadiness, or timeliness.

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2018 National Book Awards

The winners of the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced!  The award is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country.  Categories include adult fiction and non-fiction, poetry, translated literature and teen. Here are this year's winning titles: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

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