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Athletes Take a Stand

Black History Month Reads with The Washington Mystics

This Black History Month, DC Public Library and the Washington Mystics are lifting up those who have left their mark by using their words and actions to embody resistance. Some have created enduring symbols of resistance by raising a fist or taking a knee, some have shared powerful words calling for a better future and some became the change they wanted to see by breaking barriers for Black athletes. Below is a selection of titles for adults that explore these different experiences of Black resistance in athleticism.  

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Staff Picks: Regional Trails in Winter

Winter can be a great time to enjoy the best of the outdoors in our region. There are fewer tourists! Below are a selection of titles available to check out and download from the library. Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, 5th edition by Johnny Molloy

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Inspiration and advice for your trail adventures

Residents of the Washington, DC metro area are very fortunate when it comes to enjoying the outdoors: we have a wide variety of accessible terrain (seaside shoreline, wetlands, forests, mountains) and all four seasons in which to view the changes that come over the landscape. We also have some excellent opportunities to enjoy nature without even leaving the city (or its suburbs) -- Rock Creek Park, the waterfront of both the Anacostia and the Potomac Rivers, Great Falls Park, etc. The books below offer advice and inspiration for those interested in hiking on trails both near and far.

My Shot: Balancing it All and Standing Tall

Pride Month 2022 Reads with the Washington Mystics

Adult and Young Adult Autobiographies and Biographies for Pride Month

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. June’s theme is Pride. In honor of Pride month, we have selected some amazing autobiographies and biographies for both adults and young adults that explore the lives and careers of LGBTQIA+ athletes.

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Women's History Month Reads with the Washington Mystics

Check out autobiographies detailing the lives and careers of some of our most inspiring women athletes.

This Women's History Month, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we post Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. This month we are celebrating Women's History Month by lifting up autobiographies of inspiring women athletes. Happy Reading!

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Booktalking "A Girl and Five Brave Horses" by Sonora Carver

Sonora Carver was a misfit during her school-age years. Often truant as a girl due to fraternizing with horses, Sonora was about to be expelled when her mother asked her to stay home anyway to take care of her younger siblings. Then, one day her mother presented her with a wild idea. She showed her an ad for a diving girl with Dr. Carver's diving horses. Sonora was less than thrilled about the proposition until she saw a performance. She was then captivated by the job opportunity, and she could think of little else. It became her mission to dive with horses.

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Black History Month Reads with The Washington Mystics

Check out these great picture books and chapter books for children celebrating Black athletic excellence!

This Black History Month, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we post Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. February's theme is Black Athletic Excellence! We have selected some great pictures books and chapter books for children that will get them excited to move their bodies and get active. Happy Reading!

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Pride Month Reads with the Washington Mystics

Adult Autobiographies and Biographies for Pride Month

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. May’s theme is Pride.

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The Great Outdoors

Camping and hiking books for kids

The summer doesn’t have to be a drag because of the pandemic. How about hiking and camping? The whole family can move and have fun while observing social distancing guidelines! The books on this list tell inspiring stories and offer practical advice for enjoying the great outdoors.

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