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Latest Construction Updates

Find out the latest on renovations and improvements to your libraries

DC Public Library is building and renovating libraries across the city to provide state-of-the-art library services. To date, 15 libraries have been completely rebuilt or renovated. Find out more information at dclibrary.org/news/constructionupdates.  

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New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

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

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Know Your Neighborhood: DC Public Library Strategic Plan

DC Public Library's Strategic Plan for 2017–2021 is now available. The strategic plan, informed by the broader D.C. community, will serve as a roadmap for the library in the coming years and help guide the Library Board and Staff in planning and decision-making for future library services. We have provided the strategic plan the following languages: English Spanish

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.

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.

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Book Recommendations for Fans of Quirky Recent TV

Many would argue that there’s never been a better variety of storytelling available on TV. With a wider variety of platforms, shows can flourish without having to appeal to absolutely everyone. And it can be great, as a fan, to discover that someone else loves a show that’s more of a niche than a giant watercooler hit.  So, as a reader who also loves good TV, here are some quirky recommendations based on my favorite recent, or in some cases recently cancelled, TV shows.

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The Apocalypse!

Zombie style

Zombie horror is a sub-genre that has always piqued my interest. It is an ending to one way of life and an introduction to another for the survivors.  It shows us what it takes to try and survive in an unfamiliar world. Here are some Zombie apocalypse thrillers that are sure to make you wonder if you are cut out to survive one.  Year One by Nora Roberts 

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Recipe for Fiction

Novels of Food and the Senses

A perusal of a list of the top 100 novels will inevitably yield a book with memorable food and or drink.  Sometimes there is even a clue as to what it is made of (sadly the butterbeer in the Harry Potter books lacks these details). A recipe or an experience well described can reveal something important about the main character or become a way for the reader to participate in the story.

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Doomed to Repeat It

History You Won't Forget

There are some books that change our lives and we always remember the first time we read them. History books are not usually in that category, but the stories we tell about ourselves and others can dramatically reshape the way we see the world. This can be because the facts in the books are ones we were never presented with before. Or histories can rock our sense of reality because they highlight a narrative or pattern we never saw before. They may help us make new sense of the confusing present. This is a list of histories that did that for me and I hope will for you, too.

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Summertime Fun: Sweet Treats & Flavorful Meats

Planning an upcoming event this summer? Here are a few suggestions on what to make for all to enjoy. The Summer Shack Cookbook by Jasper White

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