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A Whale of a Good Read

Whale-forward sea stories for younger readers

The beach without books to read is like the sea without whales. Kids and parents alike will love these creative and sweet whale tales this summer.     Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

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Go West

Summer is here and for many travelers that means exploring the western US with its wide open spaces, bright blue skies and colorful towns reminiscent of the Wild West.  American West literature features writers with equally big masterpieces.  If you’re yearning for a taste of Big Sky country as preparation for a trip across the Plains or as a vicarious experience, check out these classics by award-winning novelists who bring hardship, history and heroism to life with alluringly vivid detail.

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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!

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The Magic of Books

Celebrate the Joy of Libraries and Books and the People Who Love Them

Any librarian or author will tell you that libraries hold a special place in their heart. Often it's because one librarian treated them kindly or the library stood in as a safe place to escape from senseless troubles. Sometimes, it was the unseen world found in books that ignited a hidden creative talent. In this selection of books for young readers, celebrate the magic of books and the discoveries that follow when you surround yourself with stories and people who love them.  

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Love and Murder in the Shelves

Romance and Mystery Novels about Bookshops

Bibliophiles and the darling subset of 'cozy readers' love books and bookshops, so why not set some novels in one of their favorite venues, quaint independent bookshops? Cozy readers of romance and suspenseful mystery will find each book here just the ticket to go with that warm cup of tea on a rainy night.   How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

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Spark! Your Imagination

DCPL and the National Museum of American History Team Up to Encourage Kids to Invent and Explore their World

The DC Public Library and the National Museum of American History (NMAH) have teamed up to enhance a classic summer experience: visiting a museum.

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DC Reads for Children and Teens

Starting a conversation about war, refugees, and immigrants

May is here, and that means DC Reads has begun. Throughout the month of May, our One City-One Book program encourages D.C. residents to read, discuss and connect around one book. This year's title is The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winner and newly appointed member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

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Art Appreciation 101 for Kids

Art and kids go together like sand and swimsuits, only less itchy. These books bring art alive for kids ages 5 through 13. Explore modern art as if you're walking through the Met; meet Cezanne, Chagall and Diego in their hometowns while learning about the art movements they inspired.

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Folk Tales with a Twist

Folklore gives context to cultural traditions and explains the natural world.  Across time and generations, oral stories built and strengthened ethnic, tribal and national ties. The Brothers Grimm popularized traditional Western (German) folktales in the 19th century when they published oral tales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince.

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Sit and Stay

Dog Stories with a Lesson

Many people adore dogs. It’s no surprise dogs have begun to show up in schools, libraries, hospitals, senior centers and other places where their calm nature is put to work lifting spirits and building confidence. In a 2009 study of the SitStayRead program, a literacy project that brings therapy dogs into Chicago's public elementary schools, researchers saw a 20 percent increase in oral reading fluency among the 152 second graders studied.

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