Staff Picks

Brr... Books to help you get through the Winter!

Book recommendations

I admit - I do not like being outside when it's cold outside. But, I love curling up with a book and watching the snow fall. Here are some recommendations of books that reinforce that Winter Wonderland atmosphere, without actually causing a chill!

'The Jaguar Hunter'

Part of an irregular series of reviews of science fiction and fantasy works, celebrating MLK Memorial Library's ongoing Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club. Previous entries here and here.

'Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC'

Staff recommendation

Local author and blogger John DeFerrari explores D.C.'s culinary past and revisits old restaurants in his fascinating history of how Washington went dining,

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

Staff Recommendation

The story of the famed Highclere Castle continues in Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by

Drawing the Economy: Micro and Macro

Two New Graphic Novels

I love checking out the new graphic novels, and I am in awe of the range of topics that graphic artists are tackling.

Cooking for Hanukkah

Suggested titles

This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on Nov. 27 and ends Dec. 5.If you're looking for suggestions for your Hanukkah celebration meals, below are a few cookbook titles available to check out.  And Happy Hanukkah!

The Animal Dialogues

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

The encounters Craig Childs relates in The Animal Dialogues are unique for two reasons: his life spent in courting such encounters, and his skill in making readers feel we are present and sharing the experience with him.

'Drive!: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us'

Why carrots and sticks (often) don't work

What do Internet and software upstarts such as Wikipedia, Firefox, Apache and Linux all have in common? They are all immensely successful innovative “open source” ventures that were developed and managed exclusively by volunteers.

Fascinating Fact-Based Titles for Children

For Common Core (and Even More)

Some young readers have always loved non-fiction--after all, nonfiction is the home of books about dinosaurs, space, paper airplane building and many other fascinating topics.  On the other hand, those who love story-telling and narrative may have a preference for fiction.  These days, though, all kinds of young readers are likely to encounter more nonfiction due to the adoption of the Common Core curriculum framework in many schools.  Here are a variety of nonfiction titles for all ages and interests--and not one reads like a textbook!

Urban Legends & Historic Lore of Washington, D.C.

Staff Recommendation

Did you know the Old Stone House on M Street in Georgetown was George Washington's surveying headquarters in 1791?Were you aware that the city is built on a swamp?What do the hoofs mean on equestrian statues around the city?Have you heard that while Abraham Lincoln was touring Fort Stevens in 1864, a young Oliver Wendell Holmes ordered the Pre

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