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Wishes Fulfilled

Leaps of Faith

Titles to inspire personal growth

The books in this compilation are for the most part biographical. Spirituality played a deep and transformative role in the lives of each of the subjects. It catalyzed their lives and moved them from anonymity to influence. It got them over fears, hurdles, tragedies, insufficiencies and other types of adversity. Self-realization is a major theme in this list. These books explore the question of what we can become if our beliefs about who we are change.

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The Art of Cursive Writing

What’s your style of handwriting? Which do you prefer, long or shorthand? During this four week workshop, we will explore the different levels of penmanship leading up to cursive writing. We will experiment with various writing instruments such as pencils, pens, markers and crayons.

Revenge of the Analog

The Retro-Tech Revival

Visions of a Less Digital, More Fulfilling Future

A prevalent mythology of the future, pushed by the digital tech industry, assumes it will be increasingly digital. This trajectory is often thought to be inevitable and that therefore individuals and institutions have no choice but to embrace it. I find the books below stimulating because they reject this inevitability and imagine a future less dominated by digital media than it is now.

Crushing

The Human Spirit

I am drawn to people's personal stories of triumph over adversity. I think often about the imagery and symbolism of the lotus plant. The lotus shoot has to grow through the mud of swamps and other still bodies of water. The unseen shoot struggles upward towards the light and when it pierces the surface, a beautiful flower unfurls. What these stories have in common is they explore the resiliency of human peoples despite the misfortunes that can happen in any person's life.

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Inspirational Writing Books

Don't Give Up Your New Year's Resolution

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to write the great American novel or take up another artistic endeavor? Are you now finding yourself a month after New Years, with your goals and hopes dashed? You need a creativity pep talk. The following is a list of books designed to get you back on track, restore your enthusiasm and remind you of why you started that creative project in the first place.  

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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:

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The Writer's Den Returns!

Stack your pages at this NaNoWriMo event

Drop into our pop-up writer's lounge for coffee, tea and contemplation every Wednesday in November from 6-8 p.m. Register for NaNaWriMo and get swag to keep you writing! Writing references, WiFi and library staff will be available for your convenience, so that you can stack your pages towards your word count goal.

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My Sisters' Keeper

Teen Book Club

Sisters!  Come to the Anacostia Library to read and discuss a great book. Our book club will meet the first and third Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. to discuss chapters and have free talk. Teen girls. ages 15-17, will have an outlet to talk and express themselves in a comfortable environment with their peers. Light refreshments will be provided. The goal of the book club is to encourage self-love, build confidence and healthy relationships.   

Halloween

Rosedale Scary Story Contest

Rosedale is having its first Halloween Short Story contest. Try to scare us with your spookiest, creepiest, most horrifying stories and submit them for our librarians to judge. Three winners will receive a grand prize, one from each age group, and three winners will receive a second place prize. Enter to win a prize!  Entries must be turned in, in person, to the Rosedale Library by Oct. 26. Please submit with cover page including name, age, email and/or phone number. Winners will be contacted after voting by Halloween, Oct. 31. Contestant age groups:

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