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Historian C.R. Gibbs

C.R. Gibbs Lecture on African-American History and Culture

Come Out Fighting: How the Real Black Panthers and Other African Americans Fought the Axis and Helped Win World War II

The second presentation in our Spring African-American History Lecture Series, award-winning historian C. R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation entitled, "Come Out Fighting: How the Real Black Panthers and Other African Americans Fought the Axis and Helped Win World War II.” A discussion with the audience will follow the presentation.

Bernardine Watson and Abasi Johnson performing

More Than a Drum Percussion Ensemble

A Celebration of Music, Dance and the Spoken Word featuring Writer and Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson

Join us for a celebration of music, dance and the spoken word. More Than a Drum Percussion will perform at the Takoma Park Library. Performance features four artists: Writer/Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson, Percussionist Abasi Johnson, Instrumentalist/Vocalist Wallace Edwards and Actor/Vocalist Kathy English Holt. For more information, contact the Takoma Park Library at (202) 576-7252.  This Summer Challenge 2018 event is sponsored by the Takoma Park Friends of the Library.

The World is Waiting for You

Beyond "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Commencement speeches by popular authors for your graduate

It’s almost summer, and graduation is just around the corner for many. Oh, the Place You’ll Go! will be bought for many grads, and with good reason.

heavens might crack

50 Years Ago

New Books about America in 1968

We are now 50 years out from the tumultuous events of 1968. DC Public Library is focusing on the ways in which events of that year resulted in the city and country we know today. Authors and publishers are doing the same, publishing a plethora of books about what happened in America during that time. While it's a year that has already had a lot of historical gaze fixed upon it, many of the new books are bringing fresh perspectives to that time.

Paris Through a Fashion Eye

Love Fashion? Read These. Hate Fashion? Read Them Anyway.

Fashion is often seen as superficial and frivolous. Not to get all Devil Wears Prada here, but as a fashion lover, I can assure you there’s more to fashion than just “blue steel.” These reads will take you deeper into how impactful fashion can be, the nitty gritty logistics of creating a fashion show and even how history influenced the perfume industry. If you’re a fashion novice, this selection of books will hopefully enlighten you. If you’re a longtime fashion fan, these will likely feed your already flourishing infatuation.

Smashed Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas

Young Women, Real Lives

The experience of being a young woman is its own, whatever other challenges or interests go along with it.  Whether examining nature, negotiating the context of promiscuity or alcoholism, creating meaningful relationships with other women, or simply existing, these eight titles explore that experience with a sharp eye, some leading the reader to laughter and others to tears.

50 Shades of Grey Cover

Hilariously Bad Books

Books that are so bad that they're goo—well, no. They're still pretty bad. But at least they're entertaining. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Bitter in the Mouth

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part Two

Explorations of Synesthesia in Adult and Teen Fiction

The last few decades have seen a resurgence of interest in synesthesia, the neurological condition in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense (such as hearing colors or tasting words). Not only has synesthesia become a well-developed area of research within neuroscience, but many new works of literature, along with new attention on certain older works, have broadened awareness of this fascinating phenomenon.

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

"The Gene" by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Southwest Library Book Discussion

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library Book Discussion on Saturday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m. Copies of this month's title, The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee, are available at the Information Desk.

Quiet by Susan Cain

Fabulously Introverted

Life at a slower pace

Recent psychological studies indicate that almost one half of the population is composed of persons who consider themselves to be introverts. Until recently, knowledge on introversion was limited, but in the past few years, an increasing number of titles on the subject of introversion have been published. Here are some resources to help you discover more about yourself, someone you know or both.

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