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Tai Chi & Qiqong Class

To register, please email The classes are in-person and will meet Saturdays from February 4-April 8 at 10:15 AM. Each class will take place in the Large Meeting Room at West End Neighborhood Library. Taught by Nick Gracenin, founder of DC Tai Chi, and an internationally recognized master instructor with 46 years of experience. This series of 10 classes will provide participants with a fundamental knowledge of Tai Chi and Qigong, traditional Chinese health and martial disciplines.

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Inspiration and advice for your trail adventures

Residents of the Washington, DC metro area are very fortunate when it comes to enjoying the outdoors: we have a wide variety of accessible terrain (seaside shoreline, wetlands, forests, mountains) and all four seasons in which to view the changes that come over the landscape. We also have some excellent opportunities to enjoy nature without even leaving the city (or its suburbs) -- Rock Creek Park, the waterfront of both the Anacostia and the Potomac Rivers, Great Falls Park, etc. The books below offer advice and inspiration for those interested in hiking on trails both near and far.

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Books on one of the most basic (and important) activities

For most of us, walking is one of the basics of life: it’s a milestone in our development when we’re infants, the means to get from point A to point B, something mostly taken for granted… until, due to injury, age, or other incapacity, we have difficulty doing it. But walking is also an end in itself, one of the basic pleasures in life.

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Baby Yoga ABC

Instructor Stephanie led 26 virtual yoga sessions in 2021. Inspiration flowed from consecutive alphabet letters. Each 30-minute practice featured a book & concept. Enjoy the A to Z schema of stories & stretches!   A: Awareness Jan. 7, 2021

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Mental Health Awareness

  Mental health issues are a growing concern in the US. These books help explain stress, trauma, the brain’s responses, and the treatment advances occurring in the field. 

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Mental Health Month Reads with the Washington Mystics

Adult NonFiction Titles for Mental Health Month

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme.

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“Food Justice” and the Smithsonian’s Food History Weekend 2020

The 2020 Smithsonian Food History Weekend which takes place Oct. 15 -17 will explore historical and systemic injustices with people who are working to make a difference by creating alternative models of empowerment within their own communities or by helping others make fundamental changes toward equity.

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Mending Clothes & Ourselves

Inspirational and Instructional Books on Mending

As Elizabeth Cline explores in Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, our overconsumption of textiles is ecologically disastrous, contributes to labor and human rights abuses, and is bad for our souls.

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Egg-cellent Backyard Chickens

Highly Recommended Books on Raising Chickens

Interest in chicken-keeping and sales of chicks have risen dramatically since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you too dream of raising chickens or just want to learn more about what is involved in such an endeavor, the books below can assist and inspire you. One day you may delight in freshly laid eggs, enjoy the company of feathered friends, and achieve greater self-sufficiency.

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Mindfulness & Meditation for Kids

We live in stressful times, and while adults may feel it acutely, children are not immune to the stressors of school, family, friendships and internal pressures. Whether toddler or tween, kids can benefit from mindfulness practices, meditation and yoga.