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The Month in History: The Watergate Sandal

On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Headquarters located in the Watergate Hotel. The burglars were caught wiretapping phones and stealing documents.  It was later revealed that these men worked for the Committee to reelect the president. When the burglary became public, President Richard Nixon denied all involvement.

This month in History: The 1913 Women’s Parade in Washington DC

This month in History was the Women Suffrage Procession which was a parade in Washington DC on Mar. 1, 1913. The women’s march was organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Stone of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Alice Paul and Lucy Stone organized the parade to help their cause of getting women the right to vote in the United States. Over 5000 women from all over the United States marched in the parade. The parade date was chosen to make an impact because of the number of visitors in Washington DC for President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.

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A History of Woodrow Wilson High School: DVD

Learn about the history of Tenleytown and Wilson High

You've probably heard that Woodrow Wilson High School in Ward 3 will soon be renamed Jackson-Reed High School. How soon? No date is set, but in the meantime, DC Library has a video that you can download and watch through our catalog. It's a history of Wilson High that was created as part of the school's 50th anniversary in 2016.

Northeast Library Celebrates 90 Years

Celebrate 90 years of Northeast Library!

Northeast Library is turning 90 years old on Mar. 11! Celebrate with us all weekend long with a full slate of fun events: Weekend Events Friday, Mar. 11

This Month in History : The Emancipation Proclamation

On Jan. 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. He had drafted the Emancipation Proclamation after the Battle of Antietam. It marked a turning point of Abraham Lincoln's view on freeing African American Slaves. While it did not immediately free the slaves it expressly made the point of the Civil War about freeing the slaves. It also allowed African Americans to join the Union Army and Navy. As a result, 180,000 African Americans joined the Army and the Navy. It was also an important moment for local DC history.

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September Staff Picks

Retracing George Washington's travels in the modern day. A lady's maid with connections to a dangerous enemy. Here are two adult titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system. Murder Most Fair by Anna Lee Huber

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August Staff Picks

Encountering Russian royalty. Suffragists arrive in the District to be heard. Uncovering a plot. What makes readers do strange and amusing things with books. Below are titles I enjoyed. Copies can be checked out and downloaded from the library system. The Women's March by Jennifer Chiaverini

Coffee Story: Ethiopia


The Mysterious Land on the Horn of Africa

Washington, DC is home to the largest Ethiopian community outside of Ethiopia.

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Read Your Way Up

A bike ride visiting portabranch, kiosk and storefront library locations hosted as part of the 2018 DC History Conference

As part of the DC History Conference in 2018, DC Public Library hosted Read Your Way Up: a Bike Ride to Storefront, Portabranch and Kiosk library locations.