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The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook

Egg-cellent Backyard Chickens

Highly Recommended Books on Raising Chickens

Interest in chicken-keeping and sales of chicks have risen dramatically since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you too dream of raising chickens or just want to learn more about what is involved in such an endeavor, the books below can assist and inspire you. One day you may delight in freshly laid eggs, enjoy the company of feathered friends, and achieve greater self-sufficiency.

Wave cover

Oceanic Tales

Adult nonfiction to get swept up in

Throughout history, oceans have provided inspiration and adventure as well as a place of danger. Enjoy an adventure on and under the ocean with a selection of non-fiction books. All of these titles are linked to in their eBook and digital audiobook versions for current ease of access, though DC Public Library also owns many of these titles in physical format as well.

Ninety Percent of Everything

Seafaring Journeys with Cargo

Nonfiction Explorations of Maritime Shipping

Last year I traveled as a passenger for almost four weeks on two transatlantic cargo ships. Since I've returned, I have been reading books to gain further insight into the world of maritime shipping. Many products we use every day, including the device you're reading these words on and many library books, have journeyed across oceans on cargo ships. Yet, the shipping world is invisible to most of us. Without leaving land you too can journey into this fascinating world by reading the books below.

Cover of the book The Complete Book of Coffee

All about Coffee

Books on coffee beans, the coffee trade, and the glories of the marvelous brew

Ah… coffee. A cuppa, Java, liquid lightning… It gets us on our feet in the morning, it’s our afternoon treat, or it’s our all-day fuel and provider of comfort. In the DMV, two-thirds of us drink at least one cup of coffee every day, and the area is home to some excellent coffee shops (and plenty of Starbucks locations too). But how much do you really know about coffee? How are the beans harvested and processed? What are the particulars of the global trade in coffee? What role has the coffeehouse played over time? What are the medical benefits (and hazards) of coffee?

Revenge of the Analog

The Retro-Tech Revival

Visions of a Less Digital, More Fulfilling Future

A prevalent mythology of the future, pushed by the digital tech industry, assumes it will be increasingly digital. This trajectory is often thought to be inevitable and that therefore individuals and institutions have no choice but to embrace it. I find the books below stimulating because they reject this inevitability and imagine a future less dominated by digital media than it is now.

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Post-Carbon Living

Individual, Family & Community Adaptation to Life after Fossil Fuels

The lifestyles of most of us in the industrialized world depend heavily on fossil fuels. Despite its normalcy for many of us, the era of fossil-fueled extravagant living will look like a fleeting moment within a larger view of human history. Formed over half a billion years, fossil fuels are non-renewable, depleting, declining in quality and net energy, and their contribution to climate change, pollution, and other forms of ecological degradation make perpetuity of this way of life impossible. Either we change voluntarily, or let crises increasingly force us to change.

Cover image for The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry

Make the Most of Winter

Books to help you survive (or even celebrate) the coldest season

After the friendly and familial reunions, comfort food, and celebrations at the end of the year, turning the corner into January can sometimes seem like a slide right into the darkest heart of winter. Sometimes it feels like the sun never shines, and when it does, it seems colder than ever. At least we had a significant snowfall, so if you're a snow lover like me, there's plenty of the white stuff to enjoy.

A Year in Rock Creek Park

DC's Wild, Wondrous Heart

Ecological, Historical & Poetic Explorations of Rock Creek Park

When many people think of our nation's capital, they focus on its political life. Yet residents here know our city environment encompasses much more than federal politics. At its heart lies my favorite area, Rock Creek Park. Over double the size of Central Park, it includes forests, streams, hills, fields, recreational and historical sites. Here residents and tourists can escape from urban stress, slow down, engage in recreation, and commune with nature.

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Big Books of Natural Wonders

Summer is a popular time for outdoor explorations and discoveries. Whether you find something big or small, it makes for a memorable day. Below are a selection of titles to enhance your experience.

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

"The Gene" by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Southwest Library Book Discussion

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library Book Discussion on Saturday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m. Copies of this month's title, The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee, are available at the Information Desk.

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