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When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna Marie McLemore

Teens: Check Out LGBTQ YA at the Library!

Looking for a book to read this Pride Month? Check out these LGBTQ YA novels, new and old!


Heroes and Demi-Gods: The Rise and Fall Lecture Series

Kids' Club is our book club for readers ages 5-12. We meet every other Saturday from 2 - 3 p.m. Your child does not have to read the book ahead of time to participate. We will read a selection as a group then play a game or make a project. Children will be introduced to new titles so they can pick a perfect book to read at home. In the course of human religion, history and literature, there have been individuals who are understood to be - or are treated as if they are - somehow more than the rest of us.

Images of the covers of the Teens Top Ten 2016 winners

2016 Teens' Top Ten Winners Are Here!

The 2016 Teens’ Top Ten, chosen by teens, for teens, are out! We have several of the winners in the Teens' section at West End, and if one of the others catches your eye,  the Reference Desk or any staff member can help you put a hold on it!   And for next year...

Rebel Souls Book Cover

Bohemian People and Places

When one thinks of Bohemians, the image of the person who surfaces in the mind tends to be have lines drawn that emphasize the ability to live a little rootlessly, a little ruthlessly, and in a way that is counter to the expected. They also tend to occupy a community of like-minded individuals.

The Sellout

A Midsummer's Night Read

Summer being a time of enjoyment and eclecticism; the following books alternate between being enjoyable, soothing, heartbreaking, interesting, and - in a lot of ways - timely reading material.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Empowerment Through Music: Young Adult Titles

Even though it seems to exist in a world of its own, literature – especially young adult literature – is inherently familiar and joined with music. The rhythm and emphasis on figurative language are often enough on their own to connect books to the realm of musicality. However, sometimes music also becomes part of the story or takes on a more concrete shape in the life of the protagonist. For these stories, music is essential. If you have a taste for music and YA Fiction; these stories are ones you shouldn’t miss.  

It's Kind of a Funny Story Book Cover

Mental Health in Young Adult Literature

The ability of young adult literature to address issues of identity in an open-handed and egalitarian way can't really be underestimated. Part of the appeal of young adult books is the opportunity they provide authors in allowing them to create characters to be earnest which sparks true, often pure, feeling in the reader. When characters are included who experience mental illness, a vehicle is provided for people to accompany someone on a journey to a conclusion - open-ended or not, happy or sad.

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DC Women Artists

Women's History Month March 2016

Come and join the celebration of Women's History Month by attending an invigorating lecture by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). A representative from NMWA will be visiting a few DCPL branches to discuss local women artists. No registration is required. Just show up, and bring your friends while you're at it. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library ​Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m., Meeting Room downstairs Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Life is a series of connections; and these books, with their depictions of how we either miss the mark or somehow manage to land on the same page demonstrate (among other things) the ways in which our relationships dictate our paths. Some of them find a person slipping away from themselves while some demonstrate connections that give us clarity as we see ourselves mirror-reflected back. Some of the books also demonstrate relationships that are a part of our lives in order to provide a touchstone that lines the direction we ought to be walking, acting as sources of strength.

Book cover for Julian Barnes's "Sense of an Ending"

Book Club Pick 'o the Month

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The West End Fiction book Club will meet Tuesday, December 15, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes--"a novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication."   Copies ar