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Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Edition

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

April 23 is the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, as well as World Book Night, so it seemed fitting that this Friday Five should show the fascination that Shakespeare and his work still holds for the world today.

While the DC Public Library certainly has all of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets in the collection, I wanted to feature more recent non-fiction and fiction books that showcase Shakespeare and his work.

Will in the World book cover Will in the World
by Stephen Greenblatt

Greenblatt turns a fairly simple biography of an actor and writer into something far more by vividly showing the world and culture that shaped Shakespeare’s life and how his work in turn shaped the world and culture in which he lived.
How Shakespeare Changed Everything How Shakespeare Changed Everything
by Stephen Marche

Shakespeare influenced a great deal of the English language but Marche shows that the playwright’s reach goes far beyond words in the dictionary to every corner of culture. The book is not without controversy given some of the topics, and the presentation by Marche of those topics, can be offensive.
Book of William The Book of William: How Shakespeare’s First Folio Conquered the World
by Paul Colllins

Collins travels around the world and across the centuries to explore where and how Shakespeare’s First Folio, the most sought after book in history, moved from Fleet Street in 1623 London to modern day Japan and all the places and eras in between, including D.C.’s very own Folger Shakespeare Library just a few blocks from the Southeast Neighborhood Library.
Juliet Juliet
by Anne Fortier

A fictional tale in which a modern day woman begins an investigation into her Italian ancestors, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Was the real couple more tragic than the play? Did they find and hide a great treasure that is still being sought today? Did Shakespeare get it right or is the real story of this famous couple even better than the most famous play?
Haunt Me Still Interred with their Bones
and Haunt Me Still (Kate Stanley series)
by Jennifer Lee Carrell

A great suspense series featuring Shakespeare scholar Kate Stanley and a great deal of interesting Shakespeare history, the first book Interred with their Bones features some scenes in D.C. and keeps readers guessing all the way to the end about whether the murderer will be caught before Kate Stanley is killed.

Published on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 mango languages logoLearning a language can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences an individual can attempt. People accept this challenge for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to satisfy credits for school or to be able to converse with individuals in their neighborhood, each person approaches learning a language in different ways.

Lauren's picks for picture books you can sing!

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

Singing is an important practice to engage in with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to build vital pre-reading skills. Among other things, singing slows down language, allowing children time to hear and process sounds and syllables in words.

There are lots of picture books with naturally rhythmic text that you can read to a melody you already know or one you make up; here are just five that are perfect for children ages 0-5 and really lend themselves to singing.

Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Please join the Southeast Book Club on the last Tuesday of every month -- except April when we will meet on April 22 -- for a fun and interesting discussion of our monthly book. All are welcome and the genre and length of the book varies widely each month.

The great thing about this book club is that readers can come when the monthly book speaks to them. If it doesn't, no worries, we'll see you the next time!

A 'Mad Men'-inspired reading list

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014

Mad Men returns to the airwaves on April 13, and if you’re all caught up with the previous six seasons, then maybe this reading list will inspire you to take a closer look.

Audio books support dyslexic readers

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Dyslexia Empowerment Plan

After reading Ben Foss' The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint For Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning, I picked up some tips for getting to books that have long been on my to-read list.

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

This weekend, enjoy some children's classics that are just as fun to re-read--or perhaps discover for the first time.

Library research and Lahiri's 'The Lowland'

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Lowland NoveList recordHere at the DC Public Library, we are happy to host a wide assortment of book clubs that connect D.C.'s avid readers with each other and provide a forum for richer reading experiences. 

Library Resources from a Man on the Street

Published on Friday, February 21, 2014
JB mixing drinksRecently, stopping for a pint at Menomale, my favorite Brookland watering hole and pizza place, the bartender-mixologist JB Knapp told me that he had gotten his first DC Public Library card and was using it to learn more about his trade. So, I sat down and interviewed JB about some of the things he's learned at the library and his approach to mixing drinks.

Space is limited, registration required.

Published on Friday, January 31, 2014

Are you a high school student preparing to take the SAT? Southeast Library and the Hill Center are partnering to offer a free SAT practice test session!

The test takes approximately 200 minutes to complete; pizza will be provided afterward for participants. Resources for extra help with your test prep will be available as well. 

Space is limited, registration is required; to register, email

Published on Friday, January 31, 2014

Winter readingCongratulations to everyone who participated in Southeast Library's Winter Reading Challenge!  We had more than 100 entries in two weeks, and our intrepid readers braved the polar vortex to turn in their reading logs, book reviews, and drawings. Brrr!

We here at the library loved hearing about all of the wonderful reading you did while school was out--kudos!

Loved our Winter Reading Challenge? Check out Palisades Library's Olympic Readathon!