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Date with a Book? How About a Movie for Dessert?

Where has summer gone – no, really? Soon enough the weather will get nippy again and school buses will be rattling down the street. If you have been too busy this summer to read, here are some great book and movie combinations to get you caught up. These selections are fantastic for books clubs or for those of us who just plan to skip ahead and watch the movie!

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Books to Encourage Flights of Fancy

It’s summer, which usually entails plans for fun and travel -- unless you cannot think of setting foot outside to face the heat. This season, therefore, calls for books that magically transport you away by the use of your imagination. Here are a number of choices that promise to do just that and more.

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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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Flashback: YA in a Time Capsule

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It's time for a new adventure as we flash back to the past with these fantastic reads.

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Flashback: YA in a Time Capsule

Part 1

Be it longing for days gone by or for those proud unicorns among us who refuse to age, there are many YA books that evoke a particular era. So put on your favorite mood music and grab a comfy spot as we zoom through books that flashback to the past. 50s YA:

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Classic American Horror

What is about that the horror genre that beguiles us? Is it a fascination with the unknown or is it a delight in the senses that accompany fright? I was enthralled by this genre at an early age. Who among us remembers Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Regardless of our motivation, there are many books that inspire a love of chillers; here are a few American classics that will keep you peering under your bed at night.

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Fascinating Women

When we examine history, women represent a cadre of fascinating individuals, so why limit our emphasis on women to just March? Many readers are familiar with notable figures such Eleanor Roosevelt or Rosa Parks, but some famous female figures may surprise you.

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Provocative and Political YA

Last year as the election drew to a close, politics came to the forefront as those in our community and beyond debated with increasingly sharp rhetoric. Youth have also engaged in the action taking place. In November 2016, Montgomery County students made national headlines after hundreds walked out of class to protest Donald Trump’s election.

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Taking Care of Our Furry Friends

Books for younger readers that touch upon the theme of responsibility

Teaching youth about responsibility can be a difficult task for any adult, but one method to get children invested in this concept is taking care of others - and there is no better place to start than with pet ownership. Among other holidays, February celebrates Responsible Pet Owner’s Month. If your child has been pestering you for a furry friend, then perhaps you will find these materials timely.

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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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