One Book. One City. One Good Read.

Welcome to DC Reads 2014!

DC Reads is a DC Public Library literacy program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide celebrations for teens and adults that focus on one book.

The nominees are in and we're looking for your vote to help us finalize our which of these four books will be selected for DC Reads.

Online Voting is OPEN!

Between May 28 and June 30 you can vote online.

In-person voting begins soon

2014 DC Reads Nominees

Lost in the city cover Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones

Short stories about the lives of African-American men and women in Washington, D.C.
Beautiful Things cover The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

A portrait of the realities faced by immigrants living in Washington, D.C.
Things They Carried cover The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

A collection of linked stories examining the experiences of Vietnam veterans during and after the war.
Hard Revolution Cover Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos

The story of two brothers caught up in the turmoil that consumed Washington, D.C. in 1968, after the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

In-Person Voting

During the month of June you will also be able to vote in person at any DC Public Library location or at one of our partner sites. 

Look for our big blue ballot boxes coming to these locations.

Book Stores

Books-A-Million (Dupont Circle)
Bridge Street Books (Georgetown)
Capitol Hill Books (Eastern Market)
Idle Time Books (Adams Morgan)
Kramerbooks (Dupont Circle)
Politics and Prose (Tenleytown)
Riverby Books (Eastern Market)
Second Story Books (Dupont Circle)
Teaching for Change at Busboys and Poets (U St)

DC Parks and Recreation Centers

Bald Eagle Rec Center
Barry Farm Rec Center
Benning-Stoddert Rec Center
Brentwood Rec Center
Chevy Chase Rec Center
Emery Rec Center
Fort Davis Rec Center
Kennedy Rec Center
King Greenleaf Rec Center 
Langdon Park Rec Center
Lederer Gardens Rec Center
Macomb Rec Center
Marvin Gaye Rec Center
North Michigan Park Rec Center
Palisades Community Center
Park View Rec Center
Takoma Community Center
Trinidad Rec Center

University Libraries

George Washington University Gelman Library
Georgetown University Lauinger Library

Special Thanks to Our Partners

Additional support for DC Reads provided by the DC Public Library Foundation, Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library, and The Humanities Council of Washington, DC.

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