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Living Well Self Management Workshops

Workshops For Health and Wellness

In partnership with DC Health and other major health care providers, the Anacostia Library is offering the Living Well Self Management Workshops. These workshops are free to adults seeking help to manage health conditions such as cancer, depression or anxiety, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and more. The workshops will offer techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty. Living Well Workshops will take place at 10am every Saturday  from Sept. 7 through Oct. 19.

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Meditation Is for Everyone

Meditation and mindfulness for beginners and beyond

You’ve probably heard there are myriad benefits to practicing mindfulness and meditation - everything from reducing anxiety and stress, improving resiliency, and even reducing age and race biases.

Revenge of the Analog

The Retro-Tech Revival

Visions of a Less Digital, More Fulfilling Future

A prevalent mythology of the future, pushed by the digital tech industry, assumes it will be increasingly digital. This trajectory is often thought to be inevitable and that therefore individuals and institutions have no choice but to embrace it. I find the books below stimulating because they reject this inevitability and imagine a future less dominated by digital media than it is now.

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Post-Carbon Living

Individual, Family & Community Adaptation to Life after Fossil Fuels

The lifestyles of most of us in the industrialized world depend heavily on fossil fuels. Despite its normalcy for many of us, the era of fossil-fueled extravagant living will look like a fleeting moment within a larger view of human history. Formed over half a billion years, fossil fuels are non-renewable, depleting, declining in quality and net energy, and their contribution to climate change, pollution, and other forms of ecological degradation make perpetuity of this way of life impossible. Either we change voluntarily, or let crises increasingly force us to change.

Natural Hair Care

#IamNotMyHair

Non-Fiction books focused on Hair-Care

People often times see their hair as a major reflection of themselves. In many cases, a deep personal relationship is established between a person and their hair. Hair and beauty is a multi-billion dollar industry and it is estimated that a person will spend 50,000 on hair over their lifetime.  

What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home

I'm a Big Sibling!

All about New Babies for Big Siblings

For parents, there’s a lot to take care of with a new baby on the way, but it can be hard on big-siblings-to-be, too! These books can help make understanding the how’s and why’s of the new baby easier on the big sibling. From younger kids who are concerned about how the new baby will change their family to older kids asking about how babies are made, this list has something for everyone. Happy reading -- and congratulations on your new family member(s)!

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Read Feed: September is National Recovery Month

Are you or someone you know recovering from an addiction or illness?  September is National Recovery Month.  Below are a selection of books relating to recovery. How Healing Works by Wayne Jonas, M.D.

Facilitated Dialogue

Dialogue with Neighbors

Immigration: Exploring how our identities, experiences and values shape our views

Whether you are a new immigrant or your family came to the United States generations ago, come share your perspective on how current local and national immigration issues are affecting community life. This dialogue will happen over three sessions and community members are strongly encouraged to attend all three as each dialogue session will build on the previous one.

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Mansplaining

Well these certainly aged like avocados...

Books written by men who later found themselves in hot water about the very subject they claimed to be an expert on. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari 

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