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Portrait of Ori Soltes

Ori Soltes Lecture Series, Spring 2022

The Age of Adventure and Exploration

To join these lectures and Q&As, please email my.nguyen@dc.gov to register and for updates. Please see library staff for assistance with the reading materials, which are available upon request. All gatherings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. While the branch is currently closed for in-person discussions, we continue to meet virtually until further notice. Please email my.nguyen@dc.gov for additional details. Overview The West End Library Friends Present: Ori Z Soltes: The Age of Adventure and Exploration

Cinderella Is Dead by Kaylnn Bayron

Great Winter Reads

Books to read under a blanket and help you complete your reading goals for 2021!

Reading is a hobby that you can do year round but there is just something special about reading a book in the winter curled under covers with a hot drink. So today I wanted to highlight 10 books (1 bonus at the end) that I’ve enjoyed reading and feel would be great winter reads. Note: There is a mix of Young Adult and Adult titles in this list and each book is linked to their physical and electronic books when applicable. (Click the title if you are interested in placing the book on hold!)

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November Staff Pick

Artemisia is a young novice training to be a Gray Sister, cleaning the bodies of the dead so they don't haunt the living. The work means she won't have to hear other people talk about her.

Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

How To: Marry a Billionaire

As the federal government continues to figure out a way that they will not run out of money, this is the perfect time to reflect on your own financial situation. Do you have enough money to pay your bills this month, this year, for the rest of your life? Well, a perfect way to make sure you do is to marry a billionaire.

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July Staff Picks

A princess goes undercover in a rival kingdom. Travel on a quest to the furthest edges of an empire. Below are two adult fantasy novels I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Capture the Crown by Jennifer Estep

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June Staff Picks

A gold watch causes trouble. A young couple must save their homeland. A teen talks to ghosts. Below are titles I read and enjoyed this month. Copies can be checked out or downloaded with your library card.

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My Baby Step into Science Fiction

Trekking along with my goal of branching out and reading different genres, science fiction was next on my list (after poetry). With every genre I read I always seek out authors of color/Black authors so the following books on this list are Black science fiction authors, talented voices that are not at the forefront of the genre.  

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Book Review: Snow & Rose

Destiny was enchanted by this literary retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairy tale

Review written by Destiny Hardy, teen volunteer. 

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March Staff Picks

Two ladies in London are back with a new mystery or challenge to solve. Travel to alternate worlds or out to the English countryside in these two novels. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

An image of the profile of a young, dark skinned Black woman with large stone beads around her neck and fossil balls in her curly black hair.

Black Future Month Happy Hour

Join our Community Read & follow up with a fun chat

It is both Black History Month and Black Future Month at DC Public Library, so don't miss our Black Future Month Happy Hour! Join our Community Read of author N.K. Jemisin's How Long 'Til Black Future Month? On Friday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., we'll chat and share insights as we explore the worlds within Jemisin's short stories together.

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