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New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

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

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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.

New Cleveland Park Library

Library Opens June 16, 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.

Art of Leaving

Human Nature

Titles that examine challenging lives and stories

These books all explore controversial and emotionally charged themes and experiences. Some stories are personal while others are more socially broad. But each one confronts matters that are often swept under the rug. The Art of Leaving by Ayelet Tsabari

Pride and Prejudice

Modern Takes on Pride and Prejudice

The first sentence of Pride and Prejudice is: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The works of Jane Austen are as popular as ever, and in the past few years many new adaptations of Pride and Prejudice have been released.

My Sister the Serial Killer

Best Books I've Read This Year

The anniversary of my first year of being with DC Public Library was a few weeks ago, and I thought that a great way to commemorate this occasion would be with a book list! Since joining the Library I’ve been exposed to so many great books -- from board books that I use for my story time to graphic novels recommended by my coworker -- and I have a new favorite genre!

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New American Biographies

Authors with an eye for history and society

The field of memoir exploded over the last few decades and from that fray voices can get lost in the din.  Here are a few from our collection that stand out, each in their own way.  Find out what is happening in other people’s lives, and gain a better understanding of our collective history and shared destiny. Lowest White Boy by Greg Bottoms

World War Z

The End of the World As We Know It

Different ways the world could end

Whether with a bang or a whimper, people have been speculating about how the world will end since it began. Literature is no stranger to this speculation and offers up many scenarios for how our society as we know it will come to an end -- and how what’s left of humanity will deal with the aftermath. Here are a few of the possibilities. 

Travels with Charley

In a Different Place

Travelogues both real and imagined

As the weather finally begins to cool in D.C. and the rhythm of the school year finally settles in, it can be a great time to think back (or forward) about the summer. If I can't be on the road myself, reading books of journeys both real and imagined help me evoke those feelings of adventure once more.

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Politics: Get Into It!

Organizing, Ideology and its Discontents

Regardless of what your political desires might be, being a citizen in a democracy requires more from you than obedience.  You have to be involved, concerned and aware.  More and more it requires us to be mobilized.  Here is a list of reads where I found practical advice on how to be involved in politics and power.  Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky

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