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Author Talk: Paula Young Shelton

What was like to be part of the civil rights movement as a child during the 1960s? 

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The Game is Afoot

Celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Sherlock Holmes

The first Sherlock Holmes story was published in December of 1887 and, as evidenced by the popularity of the BBC’s show Sherlock, he still resonates with us today.  Have you read all the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories?

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Author talk: Harriet Elam-Thomas

In September 2005, Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas retired as career minister from the United States Senior Foreign Service after 40 years of distinguished service. Her work included diplomatic assignments in Europe and Africa and in various federal and international agencies. When Mrs. Elam-Thomas first began her career at the U.S. Department of State, there were few colleagues who looked like her.

Everyday Use

Stitching "Scraps of Memories"

African American Textile Art as Historical Aesthetics

 As Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use demonstrates, African American quilts are repositories of history and culture that anyone can appreciate as art, but

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A Life Well Lived

You deserve true happiness and fulfillment. A life well lived, full of happiness and fulfillment, can become a reality for anyone who decides to embark on such a journey. Regardless of your situation, past or present, the ability to positively impact your life, become a better problem solver, form healthy habits, and improve the quality of your overall well being is very possible. The following suggested reads have been compiled to provide you with an extra dose of inspiration, good vibes, and hopefully the motivation and insight you need to live your best life and fulfill your purpose.

Post Secret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God

These Are My Confessions

Just when I thought I said all I could say...

Forgive me reader, for I have sinned. For penance, I offer you book after book of guilty consciences, all of which are suitable for adult audiences.I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain By: Courtney Robertson

Androids

Soon to be Seen on the Silver Screen

Upcoming Book-to-Film Adaptations

'Tis the season for Oscar bait and awards chatter and what’s a tried and true strategy for catching the eye of the Academy? Literary adaptations, of course! And we all know it’s better to read the book first, so here are a few big name adaptations coming soon to a theater near you - and one soon-to-be-dropped on Netflix.  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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International Girls with Grit

Grit is defined as "firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck."  The true stories below portray unimaginable hardships for girls so young. Some lost their families and homes to heinous acts of violence during civil wars. Others were sold by their families to ease financial burdens or because the girls were deemed "worthless." Yet deep loss, fear, and shame didn't define them. Instead, their strength blossomed in adversity.

DC locals Cigarette play on the Woodridge rooftop on July 12, 2017

Summer of Punk Reads!

History in the Making with the DC Punk Archive

After the closure of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library for renovation earlier this year, we wondered how to continue the joy and community built around the DC Punk Archive Basement shows hosted there since October 2014 to promote the DC Punk Archive collection. Why not start with our newest DC Public Library building?

Faster, Higher, Smarter

Sports History for Teens and Tweens

Batter up!

Did you know that women and girls couldn’t always play sports like men and boys could? That African-Americans weren’t allowed to play major league baseball? That sports equipment used to be a lot less safe than it is now? Check out the following books about sports history for teens and tweens - and while you’re having fun, you might learn a thing or two!

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