Staff Picks

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

New Nonfiction

Recommended reading for fans of the real world

This list is for readers who try to keep up with current social and political norms. Whether you're looking for inspiration or just making conversation, you'll find plenty to talk about - or base major life changes upon - in these new nonfiction titles:   Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

A World War 2 bomber flies over the Pacific ocean as the clouds break

Grownup Books for Growing Minds

Standout young readers' editions

There is a growing appetite for entertaining nonfiction books for kids and teens. This boost is in part due to the Common Core’s emphasis on nonfiction texts.

The Sky is Everywhere

Female Characters with Stories to Tell

Fiction that feels authentic

One thing I love about reading is the opportunity to get lost in someone else's voice. Characters may act differently or make choices I wouldn't, but a great writer helps me understand why - because the characters feel like real people, and real people react in different ways! The following books may not have a lot in common thematically or stylistically, but they all feature female narrators with compelling voices and stories I cared about.  

Feltique

Clever Crafting

Needle felting basics and fun projects

Looking for a new hobby that's fun, creative and involves jabbing things with pointy needles? Look no further! Needle felting is a fun fiber arts hobby that has less of a learning curve than other types of felting, as it doesn't involve soap and water and is much less complicated than knitting or crocheting.

This Day in June book cover

LGBTQ Books for Children

Inclusive books for every child

Perhaps your child has asked a question about different families, or you may want your child to be introduced to inclusive titles that present different topics for children. If so, then please peruse DC Public Library's many children's books titles that feature LGBTQ themes and information.

You are a Lion

Books for Young Yogis

Introduce children to yoga with these great books

As an adult, I love practicing yoga. There are so many benefits to gain from yoga practice - flexibility, strength, peace of mind, patience, stress management, confidence, and so much more! Children can also benefit from this healthy exercise. Coupling a yoga practice with these great books can help kids to understand the basic principles of yoga, learn new poses, and create a fun, literacy-based family activity.

What's Your Favorite Animal

Awesome Animal Stories

To read alone or share with children

Are you an animal lover?  Here are some great animal reads with something for the youngest to the oldest, or both to share with each other.

Your Friday Five: Poetry Month

Celebrate Poetry Month with Books About Poets and Their Worlds

Poetry Month can be celebrated in a variety of ways. Yes, you can and should take the time to read and write poetry at any of the numerous events happening around the city. But what if you do that year round? Perhaps you would enjoy reading more about some of the famous poets of the past. Below are five books that showcase the men and women behind the poems and illustrate how the people, events, and world around these artists shaped them and their work.

Under the Volcano

Modern Tragic Heroes

Is redemption possible?

Protagonists in modern novels are often deeply flawed. Similar to the Greek tragic heroes of old, these modern heroes are undone by aspects of their personality, such as a propensity to live in the past or a desire for immortality. All of the main characters in this list have failed. The questions are whether and how they can redeem themselves.

Cover of Fake Mustache

Middle Grade Humor Books

Hilarious chapter books

When Internet memes and cute cat videos are not enough, it's time to turn to a hilarious book for a good laugh. The following list is guaranteed to make you fall out of a seated position laughing.  Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

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