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In the News: Library Recommends Black History Reads on Great Day Washington

On President’s Day, Children's Librarian Eboni Njoku appeared on WUSA9's morning show, Great Day Washington, to discuss book recommendations for Black History Month. To see the segment and the Library’s recommendations, click here.

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Andrew Carnegie Awards 2019

During the American Library Association (ALA) Mid-Winter meeting, the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction were announced. The winners officially will receive their medals in June. Below are the winning titles. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Fiction

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Five Books About One Song

Expertise.  It's a nice thing to have, but it often takes time and effort that we don't have.  Luckily, it's fairly easy to be an expert on one very, very specific thing, like a song.  Think about it.  Would you rather spend 2 years studying American music history, or one afternoon learning all there is to know about "White Christmas?" Here are five books that will have you on your way to faking pop music expertise. 

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Educators & Students

Now that Washingtoniana has settled into its new interim location, we'd like to invite groups of educators and students from around the city to visit and discover all that our division has to offer. Our collections contain a number of resources that may be useful in the classroom or for specific research projects, such as:   Photographs Maps Books on DC history Vertical files and newspapers Building permits and directories Genealogy and house history resources Archival collections

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The Females of February

Black History Month: Good Reads for Teens

February is here and before it flies by, take some time to intentionally open up a book by a black female author. Let this month be your reason to celebrate the countless narratives of African American women. Here are a variety of beautiful stories all written by black women.  

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Story Time at the National Portrait Gallery

Wednesdays, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

DC Public Library joins the National Portrait Gallery’s Tuesday – Friday story time, Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m.  Enjoy stories, music and movement that encourage and model a love of reading and learning in the unique and interactive Explore!

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Homo Economicus

How to get over boredom and frustration when engaging with the most important subject of our time

It turns out, after the 2008 out financial crises, that maybe free market capitalism unhindered by regulation, wasn’t a perfect and flawless mechanism for ensuring growth and prosperity. Suddenly Marx’s Capital was back on the bestseller list and the Social Democrats were taking seats in Congress. So what are “We the People” supposed to think, to believe, to enact?  Here are a few reads to help us get into the problem.

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Ghanaian Authors

Ghana Ghana. The first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence, a regional power in West Africa, and home to 30 million people. Ghana like many other African countries has a rich oral literature history. For this post, I wanted to discover the writings of Ghanaians and I think this selection of books is a good introduction to Ghanaian authors and a peek into Ghanaian culture and history. Each one of these authors were either born and/or raised in Ghana or have a parent who is Ghanaian.

In the News: DCist Covers Library Facilities Master Plan

On Friday Fe. 8, DCist ran a story about the 10-year master plan for being developed for the District’s Library facilities. Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan spoke about why there is a need for a master plan after an already ambitious library improvement program.  “We don’t want to rest on our laurels insofar as we’ve got a campus of beautifully renovated libraries. We want our libraries to provide more meaning and impact,”

Children's Books for Black History Month

In Today's New York Times, Author Ibi Zoboi gave readers "Picture Books That Bring Black Heroes to Life." The books compiled stories and pictures to give the reader "fresh insight into the lives, creativity and achievements of a truly resilient and profound people."  To see Zoboi's recommendations, click here.  

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