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Celebrating Legends of Latin Jazz

Featured Artist: The Joe Falero Latin Quartet

Southeast Library - Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m.  The Joe Falero Latin Quartet will perform live music such as: Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, ChaCha, Cumbia, and Bolero. Bandleader Joe Falero is a veteran percussionist with the ability to blend different styles of Latin music. Come and learn the history of these rhythms and enjoy an afternoon of jazz!  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Library. For more information about this program, call the Southeast Library at (202) 698-3372.

Joe Falero pic

Celebrating Legends of Latin Jazz

Featured Artist: The Joe Falero Latin Quartet

Takoma Park Library - Sunday, Sept. 20, 2:30 pm.  The Joe Falero Latin Quartet will perform live music such as:  Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, ChaCha, Cumbia and Bolero. Bandleader Joe Falero is a veteran percussionist with the ability to blend different styles of Latin music. Come and learn the history of these rhythms and enjoy an afternoon of jazz!  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Library. For more information, call: 202-576-7764.

"Treason: Nixon and the 1968 Election" book cover

Hot Off the Press

Author Don Fulsom to speak on new book

Don Fulsom will speak on Treason: Nixon and the 1968 Election (Pelican Publishing, 2015) on Wednesday, Sept.

The Devil In The White City Book Cover

True Life Terror

Before I started working at the library, I read almost exclusively fiction books. Seeing all of the great nonfiction titles available, however, reminded me of the pleasures of reading stories of real life. Some of the titles on this list are historical and some are more modern, but they are all gripping tales, made even more gripping by the fact that they are true.

Oregon Trail cover

'The Oregon Trail' by Rinker Buck

Staff recommendation

Two brothers travel in a covered wagon for four months, following a 19th-century American highway to Oregon, the first time someone retraced the Oregon Trail in the same way the pioneers had traveled.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes

The enduring legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on July 7, 1930[i] but he left the world a lasting legacy with one of the most well-known literary characters of all time, Sherlock Holmes. It is hard to believe that Doyle wrote only four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes. The Holmes stories have had a lasting influence on mystery writing, inspiring many of the most famous mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, P.D. James, and Raymond Chandler.[ii]

Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy cover image

Friday Five: Tudor England - Beyond Henry VIII and Elizabeth I

Melissa N.'s Picks for Other Historical Personalities from a Fascinating Age

I might be slightly obsessed with Tudor-era England. It seems at once like another world and yet many of the issues of the time are disturbingly familiar today. Add in outsized, soap opera-like personalities and I find it endlessly fascinating.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

New Nonfiction

Recommended reading for fans of the real world

This list is for readers who try to keep up with current social and political norms. Whether you're looking for inspiration or just making conversation, you'll find plenty to talk about - or base major life changes upon - in these new nonfiction titles:   Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Your Friday Five: Poetry Month

Celebrate Poetry Month with Books About Poets and Their Worlds

Poetry Month can be celebrated in a variety of ways. Yes, you can and should take the time to read and write poetry at any of the numerous events happening around the city. But what if you do that year round? Perhaps you would enjoy reading more about some of the famous poets of the past. Below are five books that showcase the men and women behind the poems and illustrate how the people, events, and world around these artists shaped them and their work.

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History of DC Public Library now in Dig DC

Access digitized photographs from the DC Public Library Archives

Happy National Library Week!

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