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My Sister the Serial Killer by Okinkan Braithwaite

Not Your Dream Girl

Fall in love with some weird, rude, gross and otherwise complex ladies in these insightful page-turners, all written by female authors.

Podcaster Whitney Reynolds lit Twitter on fire when she suggested that women describe themselves as a male author would.

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Video Basics

Come learn the basics of shooting video during this Studio Lab Express program. In this class, you will learn key elements of producing and shooting your videos. You will leave with  knowledge of best practices for capturing great video and great audio regardless of the situation that you are shooting in. Limited space is available and sign-up is required. Sign up here.

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Life and Death in the Wild

Solo Wilderness Adventures (That End Well and Not)

When you want to get away from it all, but you just don’t have the leave; when you want to be your own and only boss, but your boss does not agree; when you want to have a heart-stopping adventure, but not the lifelong injuries, do so vicariously with these books about solo wilderness adventure. Some, but not all, of these protagonists survive. Some, but not all, of them learn important life lessons. But all of them step out of the everyday and fling themselves into the extraordinary.    

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

Books by Celebrity Poets

Where Us Weekly and Literature Meet

A constant flow of gossip from magazines, blogs, entertainment news, social media and tell-all books keeps anyone interested informed about the lives of celebrities. For those who want a peek at the innermost thoughts of their favorite stars, there’s a whole other medium to explore: the celebrity poetry book. Here are some book ideas for the reader obsessed with the rich and famous.  

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​Washingtoniana Walk-In Hours

In order to improve access during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library modernization, we've expanded walk-in hours to match our open hours:   Sunday & Monday: Closed Tuesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday & Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. First and third Saturdays of each month: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

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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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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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To See the World in a Grain of Salt

Microhistory Books Looking at Small Things With Big Impacts

Naturally, it’s important to study the grand, sweeping moments of history and analyze why they were so eventful—they were grand moments for a reason, after all. But it can be equally enlightening to practice microhistory, the study of a smaller unit of research, often a single person, family, event or village in excruciating detail so as to extrapolate larger questions about history, humanity and social change during a particular period.

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