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Voting Rights

The right to vote is central to the concept of a democracy, and the near-constant struggle for some citizens to access those rights is one of the most important narratives in our country’s history. These titles may provide a brief (and certainly not comprehensive) introduction to this issue, and will likely increase your interest in this and other related struggles in our nation’s complicated history.

American Prison

Prisons of All Sorts

How grueling is being physically locked up compared to dwelling in a mental or psychological prison? Here are a few books that explore some dimensions of bondage that you may not have previously considered.   American Prison by Shane Bauer

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Tunes

Why you enjoy the music you enjoy

Why do you have your headphones/earpods/earbuds on? Why do certain arrangements of sounds/noise make you emotional or ecstatic or motivated? If you're curious about how music makes you feel the way it makes you feel, check out these books... Why You Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica: the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds by John Powell

Travels with Charley

In a Different Place

Travelogues both real and imagined

As the weather finally begins to cool in D.C. and the rhythm of the school year finally settles in, it can be a great time to think back (or forward) about the summer. If I can't be on the road myself, reading books of journeys both real and imagined help me evoke those feelings of adventure once more.

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Start with Zero

A handful of compelling nonfiction from the 000–099s

Books about computers and related digital topics are a popular subject in the zero (0) call number area in the non-fiction section. However there are other subjects covered within this area of the Dewey Decimal System. Below are a selection of titles representing topics found in the zero call number range. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

The Crunk Feminist

Who run the world?!.......GIRLS!!!

Women have found power in a variety of ways though out history in their struggle towards justice and equality. The narrative on girl power and the strength we carry is complicated but oh so beautiful. Women have always shown up to participate in many processes of the world that encourages liberation of self. We are strong, enduring childbirth and in many cases carry whole families on our shoulders, we are responsible for so much but despite the struggles, women have extreme strength and the capacity to achieve much more just like men in society.

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Algebraic!

Math reads for you and the kids

School's here and it's time to embrace something that you tried to forget about all summer: math homework. Get yourself (and your child) ready for the mathemagical year to come with these exciting and fun math reads. For the Kids (K-6th Grade) Seeing Symmetry by Lauren Leedy

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Houseplant Heaven

Prepare for peacefulness

With autumn approaching, why not bring some of the outdoors inside to beautify your home and your spirits? Not only do houseplants provide color and texture to any home decor, they soak up nasty carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, contributing to cleaner air in your rooms. Many health studies (including one by NASA!) show that plants purify indoor air and contribute to reduced stress levels.

Anything Goes

Musical Theatre

Who doesn’t love a good show? Let’s look at an overview of one of America’s great homegrown institutions as well as some of the people and shows that have contributed to its history. Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre by Ethan Mordden

Gropius: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus

The Bauhaus Revisited

A 100th Anniversary Booklist

In 1919 architect Walter Gropius was made head of both an arts and crafts school and an art academy in Weimar, Germany, the seat of the newly formed German Republic.  Gropius combined the schools into what is commonly known as the Bauhaus, or House of Building. Students from other arts and crafts or art academies applied with the hope of gaining a paying profession.  Faculty flocked to the school looking to transform society.

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