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It's your world

I'm Gonna ACTivism UP!

Being Bold, Courageous and Powerful

It's your world--if you don't like it, change it: activism for teenagers by Mikki Halpin is a captivating and encouraging look into the present and future potential that young people across the world have harnessed with their voices and activism.  Halpin reveals to the reader that your time is now. If you want to change the world, DO IT!

Black Like Me

The Politics of Otherness

Exploring the Consequences of Being Other in American Politics and Life

I first encountered the ideas of "Otherness" in the work of a Marxist Psychoanalyst, Julia Kristeva, who explicates the notion of the "Other" being a repressed part of the self.  I may demonize certain behaviors, races, genders, but I do so first by cutting off those parts of myself I project onto those I would call Other.  As a white man of great privilege, I am called by my sense of justice and ethical commitment to inclusiveness to try and understand what is happening to those who have been marginalized in society.

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Swamp Justice, Florida-Style

Carl Hiaasen Read-A-Likes

Eco-terrorists are not your average dedicated environmentalists.  In Carl Hiaasen’s novels, they can be downright dangerous and emotionally unstable. They say “write what you know” and Hiaasen knows Florida and the politics of the Sunshine State’s real estate developments. As a longtime investigative reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen spent most of his career in journalism ranting against real estate moguls and politicians responsible for altering the unique landscape of Southern Florida. 

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My Country 'Tis of Thee

Children's Books about Becoming President

As we embark on a journey with a new president, it is great to revisit all the hard work it takes to become president. Many of these books tell inspiring stories of children who dream of being president one day. Whether they dream of becoming the president of their class, school, or country, the consensus is that it is not a job that should be taken lightly.

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Know Your Inaugurals

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."  "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Some of the most stirring presidential quotes in this country's 240-year history come from inaugural addresses. Our library has some great books that are just devoted to the speeches and the events that surrounded them. Check one out and relive some of the best speeches in American history.   All I'm saying is that the next president has a lot to live up to come January 20.  

The Good Girls Revolt

Book Pairings for Amazon's "Good Girls Revolt"

"Maybe she felt like a soda bottle that the world was just shaking and shaking- and one day the cap comes off" - Patti Robinson

In March of 1970, Newsweek published a cover story on the Women's Liberation movement entitled "Women in Revolt". That same morning, 46 women employed at Newsweek held a press conference to announce they were suing the paper for gender discrimination. For viewers who can't get enough of the Amazon mini-series based on this historic event, below are some reads that provide a closer look into the era. 

Podcast: The History and Politics of Gentrification in Mt. Pleasant

Know Your Neighborhood Podcast Now Streaming

The History and Politics of Gentrification in Mt. Pleasant - Podcast now streaming!

Michelle Kim Playing the Violin

The Future of Art and Culture

Performance and Discussion

The Interactivity Foundation and Culture Saves in partnership with the DC Public Library, Georgetown Branch, present  a performance and discussion on the future of culture and the arts.  Q & A with the artists and small group discussions follow the artistic performance. Sundays November 6 and 13, 2016. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  

Energy of Slaves

The Fossil Fuel Age and After

If a future historian were to map out the great expanse of human history over thousands of years, the fossil fuel age will have occupied a relatively small blip of time. During just several hundred years, humans will have squandered much of the fossil fuels formed over half a billion years. Yet, however brief this era we currently live in will be, many of us consider its way of life to be normal.

The Sellout

A Midsummer's Night Read

Summer being a time of enjoyment and eclecticism; the following books alternate between being enjoyable, soothing, heartbreaking, interesting, and - in a lot of ways - timely reading material.

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