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Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

Afrofuturism: Part I

Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Anthologies

October is Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Month.  For those who want to get hip, there are two seminal, must-read books: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture and John Edwards Jennings’ Black Comix: African-American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture.

Took

A Catalog of Disturbing Dolls

In case you needed more nightmares.

Glass eyes, rag dresses, and yarn curls. There's nothing like a haunted doll to make even the bravest readers shiver. Forget that old Stephen King X-Files episode and read on for some thrilling tales that will leave you frightened, but not in pieces.Older Children Grades 3-6Doll Bones by Holly Black

Wonders of the Invisible World

Supernatural Teens

Books about young people and their amazing abilities

If you consider yourself a literary fan of heavy suspense, dark undertones, and fast moving storytelling, paranormal fiction just might be a sub-genre worth investigating. These are the books that typically grab my attention and maintain interest all throughout hundreds of pages from beginning to end. If you're searching for books that provide a thrill, browse the recommendations below to see what jumps out at you!

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge # 10: Read a book set within 100 miles of your location

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

attack on titan

Manga You Should Be Reading!

The Anime Fan's Reading List

Manga is very important to the anime world, as it represents the source material for popular shows. For anime fans who enjoy reading this source material, DC Public Library has a number of manga series that span across action, suspense, comedy, slice of life, dystopian themes, dark undertones, shōnen, shōjo, and many other genres. If you consider yourself an avid reader or a casual fan looking to build a queue, please consider the titles below!

Cover of Grave Mercy

Picture this!

Historical Young Adult Literature

Usually when one thinks of young adult literature, the first associations that may come to mind are magic or fantasy. It’s safe to say that realistic fiction comes in close second – slice of life drama or texts that illustrate compelling characters. But readers looking for something different should try adding a little history to their YA selections – these novels might just broaden your perception of the quality literature that this genre has to offer.

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Unlikely YA Detectives

These teens didn’t plan on becoming detectives, but that won’t stop them solving these mysteries!

Being a detective isn’t what it seems like. These teens aren’t like Veronica Mars, who wants to be a private eye - they had to become detectives - either as a favor, to avenge a family member, or to protect themselves. But even if they didn’t want to be a detective before, there’s no denying that all of these protagonists are natural born sleuths and they’ll do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of a mystery.  

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.

Bleach

Hot Manga for the Soul

A Brief Guide for all Otaku

For those who enjoy the vast world of anime, you're probably familiar with the source material that is manga also. DC Public Library has a number of series that range in sub-genre spanning across action, suspense, comedy, slice of life, dystopian themes, dark undertones, shōnen, shōjo, and many others. If you consider yourself an avid reader, or a casual fan looking to build a queue, please consider these recommendations for your reading pleasure. 

The Winner's Curse

Strong YA Heroines

From Fantasy to slice of life, books that feature diverse, appealing characters

Figures like Katniss Everdeen have become synonymous with young adult literature because they represent fascinating characters with whom audiences can identify. There are many more book characters in the DC Public Library collection who may just become your new favorite: from bold to intelligent to courageous, these characters demonstrate traits that make them fascinating.

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