Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
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Set in Japan

As a group, these novels do not have one thing in common, other than all being set in Japan. Most, but not all, were written by Japanese authors. Most, but not all, were written in the 20th century. Most, but not all, are narrated by a female character. All of them are commendable though, and I learned something about Japanese history or culture from each one.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Books of 1968

1968 was one of the most eventful and tumultuous years of the 20th century. Here are a few books of lasting relevance that were published that year.  

Passing Strange by Ellen Klage

Queer Book Club

May 14, 2018 7 p.m.

Queer Book Club is a small but enthusiastic community that has been meeting monthly to discuss queer-themed books spanning numerous genres. In May we’ll be reading Passing Strangea novella by Ellen Klages:  

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Mortality

Most of us avoid thinking about dying and death, and we avoid talking about it even more so. However, if one chooses to read about dying and death instead, there is no shortage of excellent, insightful and even reassuring books on the subject. These memoirs are remarkable for their candor.

Flower Garden written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

Stories of City Living

Picture Books with a City Setting

Buses, trains, buildings, sidewalks, street signs and people (lots of people!)... Such is city life. These are sights and sounds that we experience every day here in Washington, DC. You'll find all of that—and much more—in the picture books listed below. These titles are some of my favorites that take place in a city, and I hope you and your children enjoy them as much as I do.

DIY Adobe Creative Suite drop-in sessions now available

Did you know that you can reserve the library's Adobe Creative Suite laptop to work on an individual project, or learn how to use an Adobe CS program (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and others)? This self-guided (DIY) session is three hours long and a government-issued ID will be required. You may lose your reservation if you are more than 15 minutes late to your session. Please visit our website to register.

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A Life Well Lived

You deserve true happiness and fulfillment. A life well lived, full of happiness and fulfillment, can become a reality for anyone who decides to embark on such a journey. Regardless of your situation, past or present, the ability to positively impact your life, become a better problem solver, form healthy habits, and improve the quality of your overall well being is very possible. The following suggested reads have been compiled to provide you with an extra dose of inspiration, good vibes, and hopefully the motivation and insight you need to live your best life and fulfill your purpose.

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Japanese-American Internment

In the weeks and months after Pearl Harbor was bombed, more than one hundred thousand Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast were relocated and incarcerated in internment camps for the duration of the Second World War. A number of fiction books address this little-known and regrettable chapter in American history.

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Herbs and Essential Oils Can Change Your Life

You probably know that peppermint can do wonders for your breath, but did you also know that it can relieve migraine headaches, ease nausea and calm anxiety as well? Ever wonder how the soothing aroma of lavender has the power to deeply relax you? You may already be familiar with some of the amazing potential health benefits of herbs and essential oils, but the more you learn about them, the more you will better understand your own healing process. The following compilation of books will get you started on your holistic journey.  

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Friendly Monsters

While most monsters have earned a reputation for being creepy, frightening, dreadful creatures, the following collection of books portrays monsters in an amicable fashion. Treat the little ones in your life (ages 2-6) to a mystical world of imagination, friendship, and colorful tales. Animate your voice, and let the adventures begin.

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