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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.

Lego Batman

Summer Pajama Movie Night Lineup Announced

Join us each week for fun movies

This summer, put on your PJs and join us Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Tenley-Friendship Library for fun children’s movies. Food, blankets and pillows are welcome.Check out our lineup: June 22 - Lego Batman  June 29 - Cars

The Last Jedi

Jedi Jamboree: A Star Wars Party!

Excited about the new Star Wars movie? We are too! Come join us on Tuesday, December 12 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm for an afternoon of games, trivia, crafts, and snacks!   Test your skills at the Jedi Academy and enter to win awesome prizes!   Dressing up as your favorite Star Wars character is highly encouraged!    All ages welcome; activities most suited for ages 6 to 12; no RSVP necessary  

Photo of Johnny the PAL Dog

Meet Johnny!

A Mt Pleasant Library Volunteer

Johnny is a PAL volunteer and visits the Mt Pleasant Neighborhood Library when he can. Here are ten fun facts about Johnny: Johnny was a stray dog! Johnny's favorite thing is to be pet, especially by kids! Johnny is afraid of the dark. Johnny has a social media following @johnnykoppeltar.

Ella Minnow Pea

FUNomenal Wordplay

Novels for Wordplay Lovers

For most of my life I've been fond of zany wordplay, such as palindromes, anagrams, puns, lipograms, pangrams, oxymorons, and alliteration. I have discovered some novelists who share a similar fascination and whimsically employ wordplay in their fiction, even as they also explore deeper themes. If you too are a wordplay enthusiast, check out the children's and adult novels below.

Cover for When's My Birthday?

You Say It's Your Birthday

Books for Young Celebrants

We all have one, and if we're lucky, we have many more. But birthdays seem particularly special for our youngest readers - a time when everything is new and everybody gets to eat cake. Waiting for that one day a year can seem like it takes forever, but a few books on the topic may get your little ones excited to celebrate or stop them from asking about their presents (at least for a few minutes).

nico and lola

Sit and Stay

Dog Stories with a Lesson

Many people adore dogs. It’s no surprise dogs have begun to show up in schools, libraries, hospitals, senior centers and other places where their calm nature is put to work lifting spirits and building confidence. In a 2009 study of the SitStayRead program, a literacy project that brings therapy dogs into Chicago's public elementary schools, researchers saw a 20 percent increase in oral reading fluency among the 152 second graders studied.

Cover for the book The Giver

Why So Series-ous?

Stories so long they need to be split up

Some stories are long. Real long. But often times, authors take pity on us and break the stories up in to chunks. And that's how a series is born. Here are some of my favorite series for kids.  The first book of the series is discussed along with other series like it.The Giver By Lois Lowry

Flashlight

Who Said Books Need Words?

Indulge in these fantastic wordless picture books!

Wordless picture books are a fantastic format to boost children’s literacy skills and to foster a rich imagination. These books allow children to interpret the illustrations and create their own stories as they “read” the book – one book can have countless stories within it! They also reinforce the fact that pictures tell as much of a story as words do, they help children develop storytelling skills, and when you “read” the book with them, you can introduce them to a plethora of new vocabulary.

One word from Sophia

Glorious Girls

Picture Books with Female Protagonists

Looking for something to read to your young one (or older one-- picture books know no age limit!) but sick of reading the same Fancy Nancy over and over again? Here is a list of some of my favorite picture books that feature fantastic strong females as their main character.

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