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New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

The design process for the new Lamond-Riggs Library is underway. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.

New Cleveland Park Library

Library Opens June 16, 2018 10:30 a.m.

The new Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, opens June 16. Join Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Grosso, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and members of the Library Board of Trustees for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. followed by a day of family friendly festivities to celebrate the new Cleveland Park Library. Learn more about the project at dclibrary.org/newclevelandpark.

Read Feed

Bored with your reading options? Feel like you've read all there is to read of a particular subject? DC Public Library is here to help. Click here to find personalized recommendations and online book clubs, or scroll down for staff-curated readings lists.

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Books My Dad Loves

Some of my most beloved childhood memories are of my father reading to me. Not just as a young child, but well into my middle school years. I loved it - spending time with him, but also sharing these books and stories with him. Whatever age I was, he always seemed to genuinely enjoy the books we read.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Home Improvement

for when you can't go anywhere else

If you are going to be stuck at home, you might as well make the best of it. Here are some books to help you organize, decorate and declutter your home office, home school and the various other places of business that now exist in your living room. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood

Hollywood Babylon: Biographies of the Golden Age of Cinema

There’s something wrong in Hollywood

Everyone loves a good story. The Golden Age of cinema, filmmaking during the 1910s - 1960s, was no exception. Tinseltown was, and still is, in the business of mythmaking and -- from the “lowly” assistant to the matinee idol -- everyone had a tale of victory and calamity, intrigue that attracted (or was generated by) the rumor mill. These Hollywood hopefuls wrestled against studio-contrived standards that transcended the screen and into the collective consciousness.

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August Staff Picks

A famous novelist and a First Lady are remembered by their sisters in these two new novels. Both novels are available to download from Overdrive. Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

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Contemporary Central European Literature

Writing from the Lands Between

Central European writers created some of the most distinctive prose and poetry of the 20th centuries. Kafka, Sienkowicz, Kundera, Andrić, Musil, and others masterfully employed irony, gallows humor and the anti-heroic “view from below” in their examinations of modern bureaucracy, ill-treatment by historical forces and the weight of memory. This list provides suggestions for readings from their 21st-century literary heirs (loosely conceived) – writers born in a mutilated world that demands both praise and lament.

Don Quixote

The Intimidating Book Club: Don Quixote

Intended for those who have always wanted to read that one classic novel of gargantuan proportions but never did (or didn't finish). This group will read a notoriously lengthy book widely considered a classic, section by section, and meet monthly for a one hour discussion.

Shall Not Be Denied

100 Years of the Vote

Women's Suffrage for Adults

This August, the United States celebrates 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The fight for the vote was not over then, but it was a major step forward for so many and was the culmination of a fight that had been waged for decades. 

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