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Books with Black Females as Lead Characters

We all love to read a book with characters similar to ourselves. The fun that they have, the friends they hang around, the ups and downs of life are all similar to our own experiences. These featured titles discuss different aspects of Black women's lives. Waiting to Exhale By: Terry McMillan

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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.

If My Love Were a Fire Truck

Fathers and Heroes

Great Dads in Children's Literature and Picture Books

One of the most important relationships in a child's life is with their father (or father-figure). In children's books, mothers are often the go-to parental figure, whether it is in the forefront or background of the story. Examples of notable fathers in children's literature can often be overlooked. Despite the generalization, good fathers do exist in books for children of all ages. In this list, new and old stories alike portray those relationships in both humans and animals. While fathers can play many roles in a child's life, they are always important.

Big Little Lies

Chick Lit Unleashed

If you ever need a good laugh try one of these hilariously funny, entertaining chick literature.

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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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#OrlandoUnited

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

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Beach Reads 2016

When you think of summer books, does your mind go to the thriller that you can't put down while you're at the beach? Do you think of setting aside some time to finally get to that classic book you've been meaning to read forever? Or maybe you just want to read about two people who definitely won't be getting together at the end (wink wink). I think that the books on this list would fit very nicely with a cold drink and the unbearable humidity that we know and love.

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Tough Topics in YA: Turning Points

As the genre of YA continues to push new boundaries, there are a variety of tough topics explored in young adult literature. But what usually interests me as a reader is not so much the subject itself, but what happens in those moments when the problem a protagonist encounters can allow them to move forward in multiple ways.

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.

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Magnificent Mothers

Stories to share for Mother's Day and beyond

Here's a diverse list of great picture books just in time to celebrate Mother's Day.  (Of course, these are good all year round for reading with little ones!)  Below are some favorites ranging from bedtime stories to more active tales.  

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