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Out of Africa: Prose from the African Diaspora

For Black History Month and beyond

The African diaspora is comprised of global communities whose ancestry descends from the abduction/exile/immigration/relocation of people from the African continent. Whether the stories take root in the Americas, the Caribbean or Europe, the characters in these books have African parental origins, yet their riveting, colorful life experiences run the gamut. In celebration of the African diaspora during Black History Month and beyond, check out this assortment of intriguing tales, some almost lyrically told, with characters you will cheer, chasten and/or comfort.

The White Wolf, by Franklin Gregory

Snowy Novellas

Stories that will stay with you long after the snow has gone.

That blizzard we got in January was a great start to making up for the first half of winter 2015-2016 being downright balmy with occasional wintry weather. I know it’s late in the game, but I’m not ready to give up on the idea of more snow.

Fairy Tale Feasts

The Search for Delicious

Recipes from Children's Literature

Have you ever read a book that featured an item of food, either real or imagined, that sounded so delicious you wanted to taste it yourself? As a child reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, I wondered how delicious a Turkish delight was. What could possibly taste so good that you would sell out your family and friends?

Takoma Reads

'The Things They Carried'

It’s Takoma Reads, the podcast where the once and current staff of the Takoma Park Library get together and chat about books.  

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Urban Fantasy

Mystery series with a paranormal tint

I've always loved fantasy and science fiction - I like exploring new possibilities and worlds. Particularly, I'm drawn to series, because I like being able to learn more and more about an author's imagined universe. These books are all the start of series that take place in fantasy worlds, but unlike more traditional fantasy novels, these worlds are our own - only with a few magical elements.  

Contact by Carl Sagan

Science Fiction

More than just Space Cowboys!

One of the reasons I love speculative fiction is that exploring new worlds can be a great way to  get insight into our own. Here are some of my favorite science fiction books and series which use space and the future as a mechanism to tell stories about the human condition.   Contact by Carl Sagan

Awaken the Force

Use the Force: Test Your Star Wars Knowledge

Star Wars trivia and books to check out.

The new Star Wars Movie is coming out soon. Use the Force to test your basic Star Wars knowledge below and learn more about the Star Wars universe with these books from DCPL’s collection. We will be celebrating all things Star Wars on Dec. 13. Click here to learn more about the event for kids.   

A Little Life

Books So Thick You Could Build a House with Them

But really you should read them instead

What better to prepare for those longer, colder nights than with an epically long read. These books will keep you going if you happen to be snowed in; you might find you even them so much, you’ll find yourself forgetting how long they are.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Keep Calm and Read a Zombie Story

Zombie reads for Halloween

It's the perfect time of year for a good zombie story! These are some of the best, or most fun!Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Cover of This Place Has No Atmosphere shows a girl wearing '80s fashion looking at the Earth from the moon.

Books for '80s Kids to Share With the Kids in Their Lives

Ah, the 1980s--era of Rainbow Brite, the Electric Company, and the after-school special. Ronald Reagan was our president, the Cold War was still on, and computers were just beginning to be more than a curiosity to the average person.  In children's literature, the '80s sometimes get a bad rap for being the era of the "problem novel"; basically, an after-school special in book form.  Still, some pretty great books were published during that decade.

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