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Adult Continuing Educational Resources
by TaChalla Ferris - Last Updated May 27, 2014
A guide to adult education resources provided by DCPL and information on the Adult Literacy Resource Center
278 views this year
American History
by Becky Fritz, Thomas Sewell - Last Updated Nov 25, 2013
A literary journey through the history of the United States
505 views this year
Arts and Crafts for Kids
by Alison O'Brien - Last Updated Jun 24, 2014
134 views this year
Beyond Bossypants: Funny Ladies at the Library
by Emily Menchal - Last Updated Sep 24, 2014
124 views this year
Bibliotherapy for Young Children
by Elaine Pelton - Last Updated Aug 26, 2014
Guide to using literature to help young children cope with life changes
132 views this year
Bikes and Books
by Peter Sullivan - Last Updated May 13, 2014
Bike non-fiction, guidebooks, literature and more, including resources geared toward DC.
139 views this year
Car Buying and Repair
by Dunnell Brown - Last Updated Jul 17, 2014
A guide to help you navigate your way through the car buying and repairing processes.
73 views this year
Cats!
by Elsbeth Purdy - Last Updated Sep 16, 2014
This is a place to learn anything and everything about cats. From medical care to cats in fiction to famous internet cats, this guide is a comprehensive look at cats in today's society.
41 views this year
Citizenship and Immigration
by Myra Remigio-Leonard - Last Updated Aug 3, 2014
172 views this year
Community Helpers
by Anne Lyon - Last Updated Jun 15, 2014
Who are the people in your neighborhood? This LibGuide is for elementary-age students.
360 views this year
Cooking Around The World
by Walter Rodgers - Last Updated Aug 20, 2014
Cookbooks, ebooks, magazines, and websites that give information on cuisines from around the world.
23 views this year
Cooking with and for Children
by Meghan Ebbitt - Last Updated Sep 11, 2014
Books and online resources that offer tips, tricks and recipes for cooking with and for children.
2 views this year
DC Public Library Research Guides
by Maryann James-Daley - Last Updated Nov 19, 2013
The homepage for DC Public Library Libguides.
15,992 views this year
District of Change: Are DC Schools Getting Better
by Eric Riley - Last Updated Sep 15, 2014
Public education in D.C. has been transformed - from IMPACT rating for teachers, to school closings, to boundary and feeder changes, to major facilities improvements, to an explosion of Public Charter Schools. But are DC schools better?
55 views this year
District of Change: Making DC Better for the Arts
by Eric Riley - Last Updated May 23, 2014
The District has a rich artistic history, including the Go-Go scene, punk rock, the Washington Color School and other artistic movements. As the city continues to grow and change can artists still find a welcoming home in DC?
349 views this year
Dorothy I. Height: Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement
by Wanda Jones - Last Updated Apr 9, 2014
An introduction to the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dorothy. I. Height
36 views this year
E-Resources for Kids
by Julia Pflager - Last Updated Aug 20, 2014
A collection of free, kid-friendly digital resources that can be found in and outside of the library.
64 views this year
Elementary Biographies of Famous Artists
by Brandon Digwood, Cameron Myers - Last Updated Jun 3, 2014
This is a guide for school age children for finding information on famous artists.
197 views this year
Everyday Legal Reference
by Megan McNitt - Last Updated May 22, 2014
79 views this year
Financial Planning
by Megan McNitt - Last Updated Dec 15, 2013
A research guide on the topic of personal financial planning with an interest in life stages and life role.
475 views this year
Folk and Fairy Tales of the World
by Annelise Maurer - Last Updated Aug 20, 2014
This guide will help you navigate the world's many folk and fairy tales available through the DC Public Library.
34 views this year
Foreign films in your library!
by David Gantt - Last Updated Sep 28, 2014
A guide to the best-rated foreign films available through the DC Public Library collections
9 views this year
Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.
by Lauren Martino - Last Updated May 21, 2014
Resources to accompany the 2013 DC Reads book selection, "Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia".
309 views this year
Games
by Brandon Digwood - Last Updated Aug 20, 2014
This guide is about resources for gaming of all types, focusing on board games, tabletop role-playing games, trading card games, and video games.
43 views this year
Gay and Lesbian Resources in DC Public Library
by Gregg Grisa - Last Updated Sep 24, 2014
This is a list of some Gay and Lesbian resources available at the DC Public Library
32 views this year
Genealogy 101
by Kari Mitchell - Last Updated Sep 24, 2014
Have you ever wanted to research your Genealogy but do not know where to start? With all various printed materials available (print and online), finding the place to begin can be overwhelming. This guide will direct you to resources to help you start.
357 views this year
Getting Started with Library Research
by Sarah Arnold - Last Updated Sep 24, 2014
Find reliable information through DCPL's print and online resources.
42 views this year
Getting Started With Social Media
by Maryann James-Daley - Last Updated Dec 17, 2013
A guide on the basics of the social media platforms you've heard about -- but have been too shy to ask.
377 views this year
Getting Started with Washington, D.C. History
by Lauren Martino - Last Updated Aug 26, 2014
Resources to jump-start your Washington, D.C. history research.
3,144 views this year
Graphic Novels and Comics
by Patty Reeber - Last Updated Jul 14, 2014
Guide to the graphic novels and comics in the DCPL collection.
76 views this year
Healthy Cooking
by Megan McNitt - Last Updated Dec 15, 2013
This guide offers information on ways to eat healthy.
523 views this year
Historical Houses in DC
by Teresa Sakon - Last Updated Aug 20, 2014
Much of DC's history can be experienced first-hand by exploring the many historical homes throughout the city's four quadrants.
13 views this year
Home DIY
by Erin Friel - Last Updated Jun 15, 2014
A guide to home improvement resources
63 views this year
Home School Helper
by Julie Kulikowski - Last Updated Aug 5, 2014
Resources to support and assist Home School families in the Washington DC Metropolitan area
62 views this year
Introduction to Classical Music for Kids
by Sara Eckelberry - Last Updated Aug 20, 2014
This guide is designed to introduce children to the basics of classical music, including history, key composers, musical instruments, and more!
25 views this year
Jane Austen
by Julia Strusienski - Last Updated May 30, 2014
A guide to all things Jane Austen--including her novels, fiction inspired by her work, information about her life, and more.
102 views this year
Juvenile Fantasy & Science Fiction
by Annclaire Livoti, Madeline McKee - Last Updated Aug 3, 2014
Aliens? Mermaids? Wizards? Check out some of the children's fantasy and science fiction at your local library!
111 views this year
Juvenile Historical Fiction
by Cassie Freeman - Last Updated Aug 24, 2014
A guide to Historical Fiction for elementary readers.
54 views this year
Juvenile Mysteries & Adventure
by Ruth Fitts - Last Updated Dec 12, 2013
Whodunnits and Detectivework! Espionage and Adventure!
489 views this year
Language Learning
by Kim White - Last Updated Sep 5, 2014
1,266 views this year
LGBTQ Fiction and Resources for Teens
by Samantha Kline - Last Updated Oct 10, 2014
This is a comprehensive guide to LGBTQ books and resources for teens at DC Public Library, including lists of award winning fiction, new fiction reads, graphic novels, nonfiction, downloadable Ebooks and even online resources!
493 views this year
Military Prep
by Marcus Waide - Last Updated Jul 16, 2014
Are you preparing to join the armed services? You've come to the right place!
32 views this year
Movies at DCPL
by Turner Freeman - Last Updated Aug 24, 2014
How to find, borrow or watch movies at DCPL
48 views this year
Music Resources at DCPL
by Maggie Gilmore - Last Updated Aug 29, 2014
Learn about music culture through online resources, books, sheet music and recordings!
23 views this year
Mythology
by Shawn McDermott - Last Updated May 25, 2014
A resource guide to help answer all your mythology questions.
295 views this year
Pet Training
by Patricia Wood - Last Updated Jun 17, 2014
Information on how to train all kinds of pets.
63 views this year
Planning a Wedding
by Meredith Morris - Last Updated Aug 26, 2014
17 views this year
Pregnancy
by Paula Langsam - Last Updated Aug 20, 2014
Information and resources for expectant women and their partners.
5 views this year
Public Speaking
by Alexis Stapp - Last Updated Jun 25, 2014
Books, audiobooks and online resources to help prepare for public speaking
61 views this year
Sing, Talk, and Read with Your Child
by Lesley Mason - Last Updated May 3, 2014
Early Literacy is everything children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Using a "Sing, Talk, and Read" method you can get your child ready to learn to read.
1,213 views this year
Southeast DC Neighborhood History
by Lauren Martino - Last Updated Aug 26, 2014
Neighborhood history resources for Southeast DC.
1,544 views this year
Southwest DC Neighborhood History
by Lauren Martino - Last Updated Sep 18, 2014
Resources for Southwest Washington, DC neighborhood research
276 views this year
Start Your Successful Job Hunt
by Emily Graves - Last Updated Sep 18, 2014
Whether you just started looking or are an old pro, you can always improve your job-hunting skills! This guide will show you what sort of tools the library has to offer, and how you can use online tools to maximum advantage.
33 views this year
Starting a New Business
by Ben Coburn - Last Updated Sep 8, 2014
A guide to help you locate necessary resources for starting a new business.
439 views this year
STEAM@DCPL
by Tamara McKinney - Last Updated Aug 8, 2014
Learn more about the STEAM movement and what is available locally.
90 views this year
Surviving the College Application Process
by Lesley Mason - Last Updated Aug 20, 2014
Applying for college can be a daunting process. Use the information here to get a jump on the application process.
51 views this year
The Age of Exploration
by Shelley Borysiewicz - Last Updated Sep 30, 2014
Welcome to the Age of Exploration research guide, which will help you navigate the library’s resources for kids on early European explorers in America as well as other famous explorers.
59 views this year
Travel Planning
by Megan Janicki - Last Updated May 14, 2014
A guide to help you decide where to go and how to get there.
169 views this year
Urban Gardening
by David Quick - Last Updated May 22, 2014
Books and online resources useful for urban gardeners in Washington, DC.
705 views this year
Using Library Resources to Prepare for Tests
by Esti Brennan - Last Updated Sep 25, 2014
Have a test coming up? The library has books and online resources to help you prep for school and career tests like the GED, GRE, ASVAB, Civil Service Exam, and many more.
29 views this year
Victorian Literature
by Alana Quarles - Last Updated Jun 4, 2014
Fiction, biographies, history, films and poetry of the Victorian era.
51 views this year
Welcome to DC
by Jennifer Foster - Last Updated Sep 21, 2014
Resources and Information for Newcomers to the District
108 views this year
Zinio Digital Magazines
by Maryann James-Daley, Clara Ruttenberg - Last Updated Sep 2, 2014
A guide on accessing Zinio Digital Magazines.
23,202 views this year
 

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