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Monsters and Magic and Mythology - Oh My!

Urban Fantasy Novels to Add Magic to Your Winter Reading

Do you like gritty cities but also want inhuman characters? Do you love reading about magic, but aren't interested in world building that reimagines the medieval? Urban fantasy mixes the magic, monsters, and mythology of high fantasy with the dark and gritty city underworlds of noir. The five books below will get you started.

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Urban Fantasy Series

Urban fantasy is always a thrill, but finding a good series to devour is difficult! These books will keep you entertained with fantastical elements and protagonists facing unusual challenges. Start with the first one, and then just try to stop yourself from reading the rest of the series.

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Summer Reads

Making and discovering history, here in DC and abroad. Returning characters have mysteries to solve and new adventures. Below are a selection of titles I enjoyed reading over the summer months. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

Stranger Reads

8 Books Like Stranger Things

A lot of friendship. A little bit of nostalgia. A little bit of horror. A little bit of science fiction. And a little bit of fantasy. These are the things that make up the magic of Stranger Things, Netflix’s immeasurably popular TV show about a town plagued by a force of evil lurking just below its surface. If you just can’t get enough of the Upside Down and Hawkins, Indiana, check out one of these books for teens and adults with your library card.

Sea of Tranquility

Road Trip Reads with The Washington Mystics

Make the miles fly by with these great audiobooks that have come out this year!

This summer, as a part of Discover Summer, DC Public Library is hitting the road with the Washington Mystics with some great audiobooks that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. July's theme is Road Trip Reads. We have selected some fabulous audiobooks for adults that have come out this year that will help make the miles fly by. Happy Listening!

Solo Leveling

Underrated Manga Picks!

To celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Month I wanted to highlight some manga series that I enjoy reading and find underrated. I hope that if you’re a manga reader this list can help provide some new options for you. Solo Leveling by Dubu

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Fantasy with Great Female Protagonists

One thing that you do not always see in a fantasy is a book with good interesting female characters. The following books are books that have interesting female characters that are strong and heroic in their way. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 

Girl Who Drank The Moon

Fantastic Reads

Fantasy books that won the Newbery

2022 marks the centennial of the Newbery Medal! That means that for 100 years, the Association of Library Services for Children has given a special award to an author that wrote a great book for children that year. Winning the Newbery Medal is a big deal; it means more people will read your book, and it is a recognition of your hard work!

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Ori Soltes Lecture Series, Spring 2022

The Age of Adventure and Exploration

Update: This is a virtual program. Please email 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. Overview The West End Library Friends Present: Ori Z Soltes: The Age of Adventure and Exploration