Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Neighborhood Library

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April Staff Picks

Head west, walk the streets of Paris, and uncover mysteries in 19th century Great Britain. Below are titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand et al.

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May Staff Picks

Two English Queens have a pivotal role four centuries apart: Emma of Normandy and Katharine Parr. Here are two novels I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system. The Steel Beneath the Silk by Patricia Bracewell

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March Staff Picks

Two ladies in London are back with a new mystery or challenge to solve. Travel to alternate worlds or out to the English countryside in these two novels. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

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Staff Pick: Trolls World Tour

Join Poppy and her friends on the Trolls World Tour! When Queen Barb of Rock steals music from the other Troll music lands, Poppy sets out on an adventure to save the music. You can watch the movie in theatrical release or in dance party. The fun continues on the bonus features!

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Agatha and Clive

Classic Literary Anniversaries

This month, Agatha Christie and Clive S. (C.S.) Lewis published two of their best known novels. Both of their respective novels introduced classic characters and their later novels were adapted as movies or a television series. You can check out and download these two titles from the library system.

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Good Pup

The cover series: part 2

People say you can't judge a book by its cover. We are about to embark on a cover series on OverDrive for e-audiobooks to discover why. Today's entry: dogs. Dogs appear in various artistic forms on covers spanning a wide number of genres. This is great for people who love reading about pups but could these rover reads have anything else in common? Who are these covers being marketed to? This sampling of random canine covered audio books will help us find out.

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Fruit Salad

The cover series: part 1

People say you can't judge a book by its cover. We are about to embark on a cover series on OverDrive for audiobooks to discover why. Today's entry: fruit. Fruit on a cover is often fine art oriented, with renditions in oil paints and chiaroscuro accents. Who are these covers being marketed to? What do these books contents' have in common, if anything? This sampling of random fruit covered audio books will help us find out.

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A Smattering of Mysteries

Welcome audio distractions for uncertain times

There's something about mysteries. Perhaps it's the process of puzzle solving that takes us out of our day-to-day. Perhaps it's the certainty that regardless of the circumstances, at the end of the book the mystery will have been solved. In any case, they are certainly a pleasure to listen to whether or not you want a book that you have to think about. Here are a few audio selections in DC Public Library's OverDrive collection to suit varied tastes.

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Grow your Creativity, Grow your World

Books to help spark new ideas

Everyone (even kids!) can feel stuck at times. Whether you're facing a tough homework problem, or a challenge that seems insurmountable, sometimes the answer requires taking a new perspective. That's where creativity enters the picture. Treating creativity as a practice allows new perspectives and options to enter the world. The books below can help stretch the mind and develop new insights. For children birth to 5

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