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Everyday Use

Stitching "Scraps of Memories"

African American Textile Art as Historical Aesthetics

 As Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use demonstrates, African American quilts are repositories of history and culture that anyone can appreciate as art, but

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Art All Night

Made in D.C.

Join us as local businesses and public spaces along Wisconsin Avenue transform into pop-up galleries and performance stages for an evening of art in all its forms. Tenleytown’s artistic future is on display at the library as some of tomorrow’s brightest artists and performers from local schools showcase their paintings, sculpture, and ceramics. The award-winning Wilson High School poetry club hosts an invitational poetry slam.

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Coffee + Conversation Summer Sessions

Exploring Visual Thinking Strategies with the Art of "Picturing America"

PLEASE NOTE: all Coffee + Conversation sessions scheduled after July 26 have been canceled.

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Her Initials are W.W.

Get Your Lasso and Bracelets Ready!

Perhaps you've noticed that a certain female superhero made her film debut recently. If not, then you are missing an awesome movie! But to be fair,  Wonder Woman – the Amazonian princess who features a lasso and bracelets – has been around since 1941. I have been a fan since childhood and still have a picture of  my Halloween costume as the demigoddess.

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The Underworld of Art

Books That Take You Into the Secret World of Criminals, Con Artists and International Detectives

Did you hear news of the recent price a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for at auction? Reaching a record for a painting by an American artist, the final sale price was for more than $110 million dollars. The incredible value of art makes it the frequent target of criminals and scam-artists. While there are hundreds of books devoted to the life of famous artists and art history, here are some books in the DC Public Librar

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Meet my Stylist

There are two kinds of shoppers: those who love it and those who don't. Whether you enjoy shopping or not, you must admit that there are far more shopping options available now, both online and brick and mortar businesses. Updating your wardrobe and refreshing your style need not be complicated. I've compiled several books to spark some style inspiration and offer you some expert advice.

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Self-Contained Universes

A history of architecture, real and imagined

What would the world be like without the Empire State Building? Or the Statue of Liberty? Would World War II have gone differently if Chartres Cathedral had never been built? 

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The Art of Black History

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to compile a list of recommendations that focus on an oft overlooked part of African American history and culture – the visual arts. The following books each emphasize a different facet of African American art history. I hope you will enjoy the compelling perspectives and the gorgeous illustrations.

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Going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

Try Some of These Picks for Your Young Child

If you haven’t already visited the National Museum of African American History and culture, now is the perfect time to go. It’s not every day that a new museum opens in DC. But rather than just looking around, why not take this opportunity to talk with your child about some of the amazing exhibits they'll see? Here are some great books - especially for younger readers - that exemplify what the museum has to offer.

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Andrew Carnegie Medals 2016

During the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, the winners of the annual Carnegie Awards for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction received their awards. The winners were officially announced in January 2016. Below are the winning titles available to check out and download from the library system.Fiction

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