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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.

All Summer Long by Hope Larson

Feels Like Summer

YA and Children's fiction with summer vibes for all ages

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… The weather is starting to warm up, but it’s not quite summer yet. If you’re yearning for those hot-hot days and warm nights around the campfire, visit June, July and August through these stories. These YA and juvenile reads are great for their target audience -- and adults too!

A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

Defiant Dames

Young Adult Historical Fiction by Women of Color

To celebrate Women's History Month, I've compiled some fantastic young adult historical fiction written by women of color.   

Four African American 19th Century

The Females of February

Black History Month: Good Reads for Teens

February is here and before it flies by, take some time to intentionally open up a book by a black female author. Let this month be your reason to celebrate the countless narratives of African American women. Here are a variety of beautiful stories all written by black women.  

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Young Adult Novels In Verse, Part Two

Back in 2016, I published a list of young adult novels in verse, and the time has come to revisit this format. Every year, the YA publishing world comes out with more novels in this format. Below is a list of several new novels in verse that have come out since 2016, along with a few backlist titles that don’t get enough love.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

How to Read Like a Librarian

Peek at our staff's reading list

There are a lot of librarian stereotypes out there: we’re all women (false), we’re all either uptight and impersonal or coding nerds with tattoos (false), we like to shush people (false), and we have either read everything in the library or we only read books you’d find on lists of importance (definitely false and false).

Image of silhouettes holding protest signs

Teen Activism and Advocacy

In 2018, teens used their voices to demand change. They advocated for themselves, for their families and for each other by attending protests, participating in campaigns, and contacting representatives in their local and federal governments. The advocacy of teens has often been overlooked and their power is minimized. These books highlight the issues teens face today, how you can affect change in your community, and introduce the voices of teen activists.

Colorful zine page copies lay on a table, created and photocopied at our January Zine Lab

Zine Lab

A New Creative Space Emerges

Woodridge kicked off the New Year with a burst of creativity at Zine Lab on Jan. 8. Presented with support from DC Zinefest, which moved to the neighborhood last summer with its 8th Annual Fest at Art Enables, Zine Lab provides a creative space for anyone curious about zines, or already making them, to brainstorm and get to work at the library. We're continuing the flow of ideas with two more Zine Labs this spring, open to Teens and Adults. Mark your calendars for:

crochet work

Warm & Crafty

Creative minds gathering at Capitol View

The colder weather has heated up the creativity here at Capitol View Library. With a host of one of a kind crafts for children, teens, and adults of all ages, it has been quite a fun winter season of activity thus far. Our Tuesday and Thursday “It’s Crochet Time” program participants have been hard at work designing and carefully bringing to life hand-woven creations just in time for winter sharing and warming up. Our generous volunteer, Ms.

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