Story Tags

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.

Black Films Matter

Black Films Matter

Six Provocative, Rarely-Seen Films

Youth continue to be at the heart of every social movement. What are today's teens thinking about current and past African American social movements?  From 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. every Thursday from January 18 to February 22, 2018, teens at the Parklands-Turner Library will watch and discuss films that show little-known occurrences of the past that are relevant to what they see happening in society today. 

Image of Black History Buttons

Be the Message Maker

DIY Button and Book Marker Making

Want to wear your message to the world on your shoulder?  Don't wait until February to make your mark.  Come to a special post-Kwanzaa/Get-Ready-for-Black-History-Month DIY craft for teens at the Parklands-Turner Library. Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m., teens will immortalize powerful, meaningful images and words as they design their own buttons and book markers to wear during Black History Month and beyond.  

Mannequin

Hair Pop-Up Shop

Southwest Library

Southwest Library is now offering a braiding workshop designed specifically for teens interested in learning how to style hair into braids that stand out from the crowd. Participants get an exciting hands-on one-hour experience with braiding. Teens will learn how to cornrow, single braid and more. Learn to create unique hairstyles you love.   Each participant will use a mannequin supplied. No braiding knowledge is required.   Below is a list of books that we have in the library system:   

Book Front: The Day Tajon Got Shot

The Day Tajon Got Shot

An Author Talk

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Teen Writers of The Beacon House, a community-based organization in Northeast Washington, D.C., wrote the story of a teen killed in a police shooting from multiple perspectives, challenging the reader to gain knowledge from the whole picture.  Meet the young authors of The Day Tajon Got Shot, February 8, beginning at 6 p.m.

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

Afrofuturism: Part I

Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Anthologies

October is Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Month.  For those who want to get hip, there are two seminal, must-read books: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture and John Edwards Jennings’ Black Comix: African-American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture.

teens

Teen Movie Night

Teens

Teen Movie Nights will feature a different movie every Thursday evening at 6:30pm at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library. We welcome all teens to meet with Vanessa Phillips with lite refreshments on Thursday Movie Nights.  

Teen Reader's Advisory

Tenley-Friendship Library is proud to announce that one of the teens from the Tenley area who participated in the Teen Summer Reading Program and Teen Book Review Contest won that contest with her excellent review of Monster by Walter Dean Myers. With their permission, we have posted the review below.  We hope you enjoy it, and that it inspires you to check out this title and the many others we have at DC Public Library.   

two boys kissing

Challenge This!

Teen and Young Adult books with Controversial Themes

Banned Books Week (September 24-30, 2017) is a very popular time for readers everywhere. As our society continues to wrestle with ideas concerning sexuality, violence, social issues, and language within literature, many authors will continue to challenge longstanding opinions about these topics. The following books have been challenged by schools, libraries, and media outlets, drawing controversial attention nationwide.  

Nimona

At Odds

Books for the Beast

I have gone to the Books for the Beast Young Adult Literature conference so often that I forgot when I first starting going. I highly recommend it; it's wonderful! The following books that I read were in the "At Odds" category, which means the main character was at odds with another character, a situation, or both.

Pages