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So You've Been Publicly Shamed

"The Right to Be Forgotten"

A reading list for the Arena Stage Production

What is “the right to be forgotten?"  Besides the name of the play coming to Arena Stage in October, it is also a legal right in much of Europe, which allows individuals to apply to media and internet companies to have links to past indiscretions like debts and small crimes erased from search results. Advocates claim utility for people like victims of revenge porn, while those opposed contend it can allow history to be re-written and violates free speech rights.

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Post-Carbon Living

Individual, Family & Community Adaptation to Life after Fossil Fuels

The lifestyles of most of us in the industrialized world depend heavily on fossil fuels. Despite its normalcy for many of us, the era of fossil-fueled extravagant living will look like a fleeting moment within a larger view of human history. Formed over half a billion years, fossil fuels are non-renewable, depleting, declining in quality and net energy, and their contribution to climate change, pollution, and other forms of ecological degradation make perpetuity of this way of life impossible. Either we change voluntarily, or let crises increasingly force us to change.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

The Wright Stuff

Orville and Wilbur Wright and the quest for human flight

From the earliest days of recorded history, we humans have longed to fly.  Although the only known flying mammals are bats, Orville and Wilbur Wright, and other twentieth century inventors, built aircraft that enabled our species to soar through the skies.  These titles tell the story of their achievements and the many failures they experienced along the way.   

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The Real Georgia

Some places always get a bad rap.  Sometimes they deserve the bad reputation, but every place has many good people in it as well. I was born and raised in Georgia so I know it well.

Freedom as marronage

Live Free or Die

How does the desire to be free drive human beings to do extraordinary feats of love and courage? When a person’s freedom is abridged or violated, their pursuit of happiness is cut off. Choices then have to be may to secure freedom, a natural right endowed on all life.

tour de oz

Bikes, Bites and Bucket Lists

Epic Journeys for the Rugged Cyclist

May is National Bike Month and what better way to get motivated than to read some cycling memoirs.  Some of these may jump onto your bucket list while others will make good couch reading.  If you're looking for a local ride, join DC Public Library on the 10th Annual Tour de DCPL on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Click here to register.  We hope to see you on the trails!

Women to Know bulletin board

Saying Farewell to Women's History Month

With a Peek at Our Displays!

As Women's History Month draws to an end, we wanted to share some of the beautiful bulletin boards our staff created for those who haven't been for a visit recently to see them in person. Featuring influential women of the past and present, these displays have been a highlight of the first floor all month long. 

Bring Me Back book cover

Well Read Ears

Noteworthy Audiobook Performances

Did you know that audiobooks are one of the fasting growing ways to read a book? If this is news to you, welcome to your new obsession! There’s no better way to multi-task while cooking, driving, working out or when you can’t easily keep your eyes on the page. Audiobooks have come a long way from “books-on-tape,” and the library has lots of ways to enjoy them.

Last Hope Island

World War II

War through film, art, observation, sacrifice and heroism

There are many books published about World War II, but these five amazing books bring the war to life in unique ways. Travel back and experience the war through film, art, observation, sacrifice and heroism. Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson

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