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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.

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Fire-Breathers: Great Dragon Books for Kids

Majestic and fierce, mythical cousins of the dinosaurs, wise or menacing or sometimes both, dragons are creatures with an enduring fascination for fantasy readers of all ages. As a children's librarian, I can testify that "I want a book with dragons in it" is a pretty common request from preschoolers and tweens alike.

Luna

Meet Luna

Luna is a P.A.L. (People. Animals. Love.) volunteer and visits the Lamond-Riggs Library when she can.  Here are 10 fun facts about Luna: 1. Luna loves belly rubs. 2. She also loves cheese. 3. Luna is a husky, which means she loves to talk or howl along. 4. Luna likes to frolic in the waves but doesn't like to swim.

Pajama Movie Night

2018 Summer Pajama Movie Night Lineup Announced

Join us each week for fun movies

This summer, put on your PJs and join us Thursdays 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 28 - Coco July 5 - The Incredibles July 12 - The Aristocats

Cracker!

DC Reads for Children and Teens

Starting a conversation about war, refugees, and immigrants

May is here, and that means DC Reads has begun. Throughout the month of May, our One City-One Book program encourages D.C. residents to read, discuss and connect around one book. This year's title is The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winner and newly appointed member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Spring Book Sale

Takoma Park Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Join the Takoma Park Friends of the Library on Saturday, May 5, 2018, for their Spring Book Sale. An assortment of books will be available—cookbooks, science fiction, graphic novels, DVDs, audiobooks, and much more. Most books will be just $1. The book sale will be held on the front lawn of the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If it rains, the sale will take place on Saturday, May 12. Proceeds support library programming.

Summer Meals

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Meals Served July 2 -- Aug. 10

DC Public Library is participating in the 2018 Free Summer Meals Program.   Kids and teens eat free lunch on weekdays from July 2 -  August 10. No registration is required.  

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Read Around the World: Japan

Japanese literature that isn't by Haruki Murakami

Expand your literary horizons by reading literature from other countries. Haruki Murakami is one of the most well-known authors in Japanese literature. Yet he is only one of many modern Japanese writers whose works are accessible in translation. A wide variety of genres and styles are represented in the selections below (all of which can be accessed through DC Public Library's stellar and diverse collection). Young Readers (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)

Child Reading to Adult

Reading Power Hour

All Kids Reading Hour, Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Ready, set, let's grow children's reading skills: Deanwood's new reading initiative provides individual opportunities for children to practice and promote their reading skills by reading to library staff. Children ages 4-12 are encouraged to choose a book and read it to the library staff. These reading sessions are designed to increase reading skills and promote engagement with a variety of literature. Reading is rewarding!

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Picture Books That Span Cultures

Multicultural picture books are important. When young children read these books they realize similarities that they share with people from around the world. Emotions are universal. They promote empathy and the desire to learn about customs and cultures in foreign countries. In today's multicultural world, knowledge of other cultures is not only important, it is essential. We truly live in a global world. 

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