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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.

Bitter in the Mouth

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part Two

Explorations of Synesthesia in Adult and Teen Fiction

The last few decades have seen a resurgence of interest in synesthesia, the neurological condition in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense (such as hearing colors or tasting words). Not only has synesthesia become a well-developed area of research within neuroscience, but many new works of literature, along with new attention on certain older works, have broadened awareness of this fascinating phenomenon.

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Parklands-Turner YA Read Feed Book Club

Call for Submissions of Teen Book Review Teasers

Teens: Have you recently read a really great book? Do you have a favorite book that you'd like to recommend to other teens?   Do you want to earn additional community service hours? Accomplish all of these each time you write a book review that gets published on the Parklands-Turner Library page.  Submit your one-page review to Young Adult and Teen Specialist Auset Whaley.

Spring Book Sale

Takoma Park Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Join the Takoma Park Friends of the Library on Saturday, May 5, 2018, for their Spring Book Sale. An assortment of books will be available—cookbooks, science fiction, graphic novels, DVDs, audiobooks, and much more. Most books will be just $1. The book sale will be held on the front lawn of the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If it rains, the sale will take place on Saturday, May 12. Proceeds support library programming.

Summer Meals

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

DC Public Library is participating in the 2018 Free Summer Meals Program.   Kids and teens eat free lunch on weekdays from July 2 -  August 10. No registration is required.  

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Poetry Reading and Open Mic Competition

Open Mic Competition with E. Ethelbert Miller and Alan

Are you a poet? Come read at the open mic Saturday, April 14, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a chance to be selected as a finalist in the DC Poet Project.  Listen to poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Alan King read their work, and stay to read your own poetry or listen to other local poets read theirs. At the end, Mr. Miller and Mr. King will select one open mic reader as “the winner” and award a $100 dollar cash prize.  

The Hate U Give

Black Voices

Contemporary Young Adult Books by Black Female Authors

In honor of Women's History Month, here's a sample of some of the most popular and important novels in young adult fiction written by black women. These novels deal in nuanced ways with timely topics ranging from Black Lives Matter to gentrification to childhood sexual abuse. If you're a fan of hard-hitting contemporary novels, here are five to add to your to-be-read pile. 

Wonder Women in Black History display

Wonder Women in Black History

Book Display

Throughout February, Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library is celebrating our "Wonder Women in Black History."

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The Choice is Yours

Young Adult Books with Characters Making Important Decisions

What would you do?  The growth of a young person is often tested by the decisions they make. When the outcome of a choice could have long lasting effects, the question of "What Would You Do" becomes an interesting one. The following young adult books feature lead characters in decision making scenarios where the outcome greatly impacts their lives moving forward. 

The Memory of Light by Francisco X Stork

For Those Blue Days

How Young People Experience Depression

We all have bad days. We all get down sometimes. For some of us however, those days might seem to outnumber the good ones, or those down periods might be particularly low. So many folks experience depression in ways that are unique to them. It’s not just adults who go through depression diagnoses and have to cope in a world that seems uninviting; children and teens, too, can feel low and sad and blank inside, even if they might not have the word "depression" to describe how they’re feeling.

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