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A Whale of a Good Read

Whale-forward sea stories for younger readers

The beach without books to read is like the sea without whales. Kids and parents alike will love these creative and sweet whale tales this summer.     Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

In the Heart of the Sea

Survivor

Stories of humans vs. the forces of nature

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Society: NEW DATES

Please note: The last two readings, dates, and locations of the Shakespeare Society have changed to the following: Tuesday, July 16 | Macbeth Discussion location: West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St NW Tuesday, August 20 | Titus Andronicus Discussion location: Ris, 2275 L St NW Both discussions will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please contact My Nguyen at my.nguyen@dc.gov

Book Club Tea and Jane Austen Action Figure

The Pride and Prejudice Book Club: Truths Universally Acknowledged

Over 200 years old, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of the most beloved novels in the English language. The first line of the novel, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife," sets up our expectations and the plot immediately, and we know that there will be some single, well-off men who will fall in love. Or marry, at the least.

Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Society

Please note: The last two readings, dates, and locations of the Shakespeare Society have changed to the following: Tuesday, July 16 | Macbeth Discussion location: West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St NW Tuesday, August 20 | Titus Andronicus Discussion location: Ris DC, 2275 L St NW For more information, please contact My Nguyen at my.nguyen@dc.gov

Plato

The Plato Project

West End Neighborhood Library's Plato Project aims to read and discuss a variety of Platonic dialogues. This is a discussion-based group and there is no preferred translation. The West End Neighborhood Library's adult services librarian will facilitate these discussions. We meet on the first Tuesday* of every month until Oct. 1, 2019. The full reading list is as follows: *In observance of New Year's Day, which falls on a Tuesday, we will meet for January's discussion on January 8. Dec. 4 | The Apology

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The Woman in White

Begins October 21 on WETA-26

Walter Hartright, a young drawing master, accepts a position at a country estate outside of London. Before he leaves, Walter encounters a young woman dressed in white on the road. She is frightened and on the run. What happens next is a thrilling mystery in the classic novel The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

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Five Books That Got Me Interested in Reading

Reading used to be a chore for me. I used to cringe every time I had English/Literature class through my elementary/middle school years. I sat in the back and rarely raised my hand. I had done the reading required for that day. I had pretty good "reading comprehension" skills even though I didn't know it was even called that at that age. That wasn't the problem. I just was never interested in the books they had us reading at that time.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Books of 1968

1968 was one of the most eventful and tumultuous years of the 20th century. Here are a few books of lasting relevance that were published that year.  

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