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Sara from Long Walks DC writes:

“The MLK Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW) is great place to reflect on MLK Jr. this weekend as an alternative to braving the cold on the Mall. In addition to the gorgeous MLK Jr. mural that greats you as you enter, it has been recently renovated and is a must see for it’s gorgeous new spaces, outdoor roof deck, DC history exhibit, and stunning stairs (including a slide for children). Read More


From the DC Public Library:

“It’s time for the Library’s annual round-up of the books, magazines, streaming video and virtual courses that D.C. readers and learners loved the most. This year, more than 3 million items have been borrowed, streamed or downloaded. These are the most popular items by type and format.

Top 10 Fiction Books
1. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
2. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
3. “Anxious People: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
4. “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi
5. “Such a Fun Age: A Novel” by Kiley Reid
6. “Dog Man. Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey
7. “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia  Moreno-Garcia
8. “Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague” by Maggie O’Farrell
9. “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro
10. “Dog Man. Mothering Heights” by Dav Pilkey

Top 10 Nonfiction Books
1. “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
2. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
3. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
4. “Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family” by Robert Kolker
5. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb
6. “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz” by Erik  Larson
7. “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
8. “How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny  Odell
9. “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe
10. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

Top 10 Fiction Audiobooks Read More


photo by Hilary Woodward

From the Mayor’s Office:

“At the groundbreaking for the new Whitman-Walker health care facility, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the new full-service library in Congress Heights will be built on Parcel 16 on the St. Elizabeths East campus. The library will replace the existing Parklands-Turner Library.

“We look forward to delivering a state-of-the-art Congress Heights Library to replace one of DC’s smallest, yet busiest libraries,” said Mayor Bowser. “The St. Elizabeths East campus is transforming into a parcel of opportunity – a place for Ward 8 residents to work, live, and now learn.”

The new larger library in Congress Heights supports the Library’s Facilities Master Plan that guides the next ten years of planning for library buildings across the city. Read More


From the DC Public Library:

“On June 1, the DC Public Library will increase occupancy at all open locations. Customers will be allowed to browse the collection and sit at a table or in lounge areas to read, study or work. The Library will also expand the number of public computers available and extend the sessions from 45 minutes to 70 minutes.

Starting June 1, people will be able to: Read More


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