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Coretta Scott King Medal

Coretta Scott King Award Challenge at Southeast

Celebrate the legacy

Help Southeast Library celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

Summer Challenge 2018

Summer Challenge 2018

Read 20 minutes a day. Every day. (June 1 - Aug. 31)

Take the DC Public Library Summer Challenge Kids, teens and adults can win prizes for reading this summer by participating in the 2018 DC Public Library Summer Challenge.  Reading just 20 minutes each day keeps your mind active and helps you stay engaged over the summer. Every 20 minutes you read or every library event you attend brings you closer to earning great prizes like free food from Chipotle and tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.

Read Feed

Bored with your reading options? Feel like you've read all there is to read of a particular subject? DC Public Library is here to help. Click here to find personalized recommendations and online book clubs, or scroll down for staff-curated readings lists.

A woman lies on one large rock, another a few feet away from her. Her legs are swinging down in the gap between them

Gap Year Basics

Are you thinking about taking a break between high school and college? Sheri Waters tells you everything you need to know to prepare for a "gap year"

So you want to take a gap year, but have no idea where to start? Well, look no further you're in the right place! What are gap years?   A gap year is a year-long break before or after college going into grad school or university. Why would anyone want to take a gap year?  Lots of people ask that question! Have a look at some of the popular reasons below! Reasons to take a gap year…

Yolk by Mary HK Choi

Eighteen to Life

College-aged stories for YA readers

“Make College YA a thing.” When this tweet showed up on my feed, I knew I had to help. Not only did I agree that I needed more college young adult novels in my life, but it’s also true that there aren’t a ton of them out there. While the industry has tried to get the concept of new adult (generally, books about characters about 18 to 24 years old) off the ground, it hasn’t been terribly successful.

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Movie Review: Finch

Finch, Nicky Gionis writes, is a movie that says "no matter how harsh the setting, your worst enemy is always humankind."

written by Nicky Gionis, Teen Council employee at Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library 

Cover of the book IT

Book Review: It

This classic horror novel is a book Mats suggests "not to read at night"

written by volunteer reviewer, Mats Andersson-Potterveld

Cover of the book Dune. It shows a young man from behind gazing a planet

Book Review: Dune

Volunteer reviewer Mats writes about what he loves about this engrossing sci-fi novel that has been adapted into two films

written by volunteer reviewer, Mats Andersson-Potterveld

Cover of The Crossover

Recommendation List: YA Books About Grief

Jojo Egbon shares her favorite young adult novels that deal with the hardship of losing a loved one

The books I will be writing about focus on teenagers and their experiences. They all deal with themes of frustration, choice, reality, loss, and grief. I find that these novels are very intriguing and contain beneficial moral lessons.

Cover of the Cost of Knowing

Book Review: The Cost of Knowing

This young adult novel combines science fiction elements with real world tribulations

Written by Alexandria Sutherland, teen volunteer and student at Woodrow Wilson High School