Mt. Pleasant
Neighborhood Library

Published on Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cover image for the novel The White Tiger, by Aravind AdigaMeet Balram Halwai: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. During the course of seven nights, this shameless, wily man will reveal to us through a series of letters everything there is to know about who he is and everything he did to reach his present station in life—leaving very little to the imagination when it comes to his opinions on just about all aspects of life.

Narrated in a brisk, searing manner, The White Tiger pulls no punches in its portrayal of a modern, vibrant India, a developing nation chomping at the bit, eager to make the jump from much-touted up-and-comer, to established global powerhouse.

Published on Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cover image of The Lost City of Z, by David GrannIn 1925 British explorer Percy Fawcett traveled to the Amazon jungle to find an ancient civilization believed to have lived there in the city of Z, a fabled El Dorado long-rumored to be located deep in the South American wilderness. Undaunted by the numerous failed expeditions that preceded his, he embarked on this dangerous journey with his son. Neither he nor any of his company ever returned.

Published on Thursday, November 4, 2010

 a Book of Recipes, Facts, Figures, and Fun

Forget the turkey and cranberries, let’s celebrate peanut butter! That’s right peanut butter lovers, a whole month just for you, sadly overshadowed by that media maniac turkey. 

Published on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cover image of DVD for the Japanese film DeparturesWhen his orchestra is dismantled, Daigo Kobayashi decides to move back to the small town of his childhood with his wife to regroup. In need of a job, he answers an advertisement in the local newspaper for a specialist in “Departures,” without even being sure of what this might mean. Turns out, it’s for a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional that, in Japan, is much more than your run-of-the-mill undertaker.

Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cover image of Small Island by Andrea LevySmall Island centers on the lives of four immigrants to London: Hortense Joseph, newly-arrived from Jamaica in 1948; her husband Gilbert Joseph, just returned from the war expecting to be treated as a war hero and not a second-class citizen; their landlady Queenie, raised as a farmer’s daughter; and her husband Bernard, also returned from the war with his own issues to resolve. Winner of the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year, this is the quintessential story of immigrants to any land, of opportunities taken and lost, of moments of tenderness and cruelty, of understanding and fear.

Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This is not your average teen tale. In a post-apocalyptic world infected by the unconsecrated (zombies), young Mary must decide if there could be life beyond the fences of her small world ... in the forbidden forest , and if there is does she betray her upbringing and risk everything, including death, to find out? Once out, there is no turning back, and Mary and several others must push forward while trying to survive in the forest of hand and teeth.

Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

As part of DC Library's Read-In, on Saturday, October 2, Mt. Pleasant Library is having an edible book contest! Edible books are food creations that look like books, tell the story of a book or make a joke about a book's title.

If you think you'd like to enter our contest, sign up by calling 202-671-3125 or e-mailing Then create a family-friendly entry that's 100% edible, and bring it into the library between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on October 2.

Special thanks to Dos Gringos Cafe for supporting our contest.

Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesdays in September, 10 a.m.
Baby/Toddler Laptime
At La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. N.W. in room 14 on the third floor.
15-20 minutes of songs, rhymes and short books for little ones 4-18 months with a parent or caregiver.
Maximum capacity: 16 people.

Saturday September 11, 1-3 p.m.
Fall Crafternoon
At the interim library.
Come celebrate the fabulousness of fall with crafts and coloring!
Ages 3-13.

Published on Thursday, September 2, 2010
What happens to ourCover image of Mary Roach bodies after we die? What exactly is the definition of death? Is it our final destination or is death a term for another one of life’s processes? In this engrossing book, Mary Roach shares some of the more fascinating, bizarre, and educational uses cadavers have had for those left behind, including cadavers used for the benefit of science, body snatching, cannibalism, and the ever evolving and varied ways to dispose of our loved ones in the twenty-first century.

Published on Monday, August 16, 2010
Cover image for the novel The Day of The Triffids, by John<br />
WyndhamThat’s what a friendly patron of my branch began with as we chatted over returned books. Really? That’s a pretty bold and final statement to make. So of course, I had to check it out for myself.