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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.

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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

Look both ways: a tale told in ten blocks

Spotlight on Jason Reynolds

Are you interested in learning how to write? If so, you might be interested in the Grab the Mic initiative presented by Jason Reynolds at the Library of Congress. In this series, Jason Reynolds will talk to young people directly and present various activities to help build your creativity.

Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman

Soothing Audiobooks

Set Your Mind At Ease

It’s a pretty hectic world out there right now, so here are a few audiobooks to listen to with Overdrive. You can download or stream them, and listen to a relaxing book to distract yourself and de-stress.

Parable of the Sower

Dystopian Pasts, Presents and Futures

The word is scary right now. But honestly, reading about other pandemics and disasters has made me feel a little bit better right now because it could be so even worse! I read The Hot Zone, a book about Ebola, in elementary school and was terrified but re-reading it recently I felt almost comforted that the world isn't completely aflame.

Where the Watermelons Grow cover

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.

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