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Dancing About Architecture

The famous, but unattributable maxim, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” is something I’ve heard for years and have considering lately. Because… why wouldn’t someone dance about architecture? Taking someone’s craft and engaging with it through another creative practice that fits better with an individual’s skillset seems like it could only add the self-expression that lives in the world and can then go on to be inspiration for someone else.    

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Staff Picks: Regional Trails in Winter

Winter can be a great time to enjoy the best of the outdoors in our region. There are fewer tourists! Below are a selection of titles available to check out and download from the library. Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, 5th edition by Johnny Molloy

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The Friends of Mt. Pleasant Library are not accepting donations at this time. We will remove this posting when they are once again able to accept donations. Thank you! Email or connect with them on social media with any questions.  

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November Staff Pick: "The Elements of Style"

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Month

Since 1959, The Elements of Style by William B. Strunk and E.B. White remains a classic writing guidebook. The concise book explains the basic rules of usage, composition, misused words and expressions, and more. One stand out composition rule I've always liked: "Omit needless words." (Rule #17).

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Inspiration and advice for your trail adventures

Residents of the Washington, DC metro area are very fortunate when it comes to enjoying the outdoors: we have a wide variety of accessible terrain (seaside shoreline, wetlands, forests, mountains) and all four seasons in which to view the changes that come over the landscape. We also have some excellent opportunities to enjoy nature without even leaving the city (or its suburbs) -- Rock Creek Park, the waterfront of both the Anacostia and the Potomac Rivers, Great Falls Park, etc. The books below offer advice and inspiration for those interested in hiking on trails both near and far.

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Contemporary Philosophizing

Books that address (some of) the age-old questions

For some, contemporary philosophy is unintelligible or unduly occupied by trolley problems or filled by dry-as-dust statements that adhere to the demands of logic but say nothing about human life.

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Michel de Montaigne

Books by and about the French Renaissance essayist

At the age of thirty-eight, after spending the first two-thirds of his life in intense political and civic activity, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) retired to his estate to think, read, and write -- to capture his thoughts. In so doing, he invented the essay (or, as he called it, the essai, meaning an attempt, test, or trial). Montaigne's essays were a departure from established, traditional approaches to composition: they were brief and personal, not comprehensive and institutional; idiosyncratic reflections, not discourses on religious, legal, or philosophical topics.

Save Me The Plums

Food Memoirs Written by Women

Food is about so much more than sustenance; It's about community and healing. It's love, exploration, and comfort and these memoirs prove just that.

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Summer Reads

Making and discovering history, here in DC and abroad. Returning characters have mysteries to solve and new adventures. Below are a selection of titles I enjoyed reading over the summer months. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

History of Pandemics Lecture, Dr. Charles Pumpuni, PhD of Northern Virginia Community College

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Dr. Charles Pumpuni, PhD of the Northern VA Community College

As part of the West End Neighborhood Library's Discover Summer promotion in the month of August, Dr. Charles Pumpuni, PhD from Northern Virginia Community College visited the West End Neighborhood Library to present a talk on The History of Pandemics.