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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

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Spring Mix Staff Picks

Amateur detectives return for new adventures and mysteries to solve and women rule in these novels and non-fiction books. Below are a few I've read and enjoyed. Copies can be checked out and downloaded from the library system. Jane and the Year Without a Summer by Stephanie Barron

The Giver of Stars

Historical Fiction based on Little Known Events 

This is a list of historical fiction that is based on interesting events and people that should be talked about more. These books have both great stories and have a fascinating history in them.  The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

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Hair-Raising Historical Horror

Five eerie tales of the past

Historical fiction has gained a momentum of popularity recently, possibly due to the rise of period drama shows on TV and streaming services. Many of these shows focus on interpersonal relationships or the social mores of the time. However, sometimes it can be interesting to read how a protagonist handles a terrifying, supernatural situation without modern conveniences such as cell phones or cars. Here is a list of historical fiction that brings both the past and the supernatural together.

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Historical Enemies to Lovers

Bridgerton Read-A-likes

If you’re a Bridgerton fan, you probably have already devoured the second season. If you need something to tide you over, what better than historical romances featuring enemies (or rivals) who fall in love? Here are a few great stories with this trope.

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Traveling Through Time

Historical Fiction books that won the Newbery Medal

Strap on your backpacks because it’s time to travel back in time with today’s Read Feed! As we celebrate 100 years of the Newbery Medal, let’s look back at some of the historical fiction books that have won the award in the past century. Historical fiction books are great because they transport us back to another time -- maybe a few decades ago, and maybe centuries before.

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Love Blossoms in the Spring with Historical Romance

Flowers aren't the only thing blooming this spring. Check out these historical romances for blossoming love stories.

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January Staff Picks

Follow amateur sleuths as they investigate disappearances, illegal operations, and murder in the 19th century. One thing in common: the sleuths are near the ocean at some point during their search! These historical mystery series titles can be checked out or downloaded from the library. Betrayal on the Bowery by Kate Belli

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!)

This Month in History: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall that physically separated East Berlin and West Berlin came down. The Berlin Wall was built because of a long dispute between the United States and Russia after World War 2. It was built because a lot of people did not want to live in East Germany and the government wanted them to stop them from leaving. Even though Berlin was in the country of East Germany the city itself was separated into a western half and eastern half. It was a huge symbol of the cold war and it stood for 28 years.

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