Belly Dance For Teens!

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Come learn the art of belly dance! Dusty Muhammad, local belly dance instructor, will introduce the movements and rhythms of this dance to teens, ages 13-18.

Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Reston Regional Library

11925 Bowman Towne Road



5 Books That Will Make You Cry


  1. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book brings the harsh reality of suicide to light and shows how the smallest of actions can have monumental effects.


  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Presented without comment. Okay? *sob* Okay.

The Art of Racing In The Rain

  1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

    The story is told from the point of view of a dog and starts on his last day of living as he recounts his whole life.


  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

    This is the story of Lou and Will. Two characters of different lives colliding in a     thrilling book. Trust me you will have waterfalls coming out of your eyes.


5.     Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder follows the life of a young boy, August, who has a rare genetic condition. It shows his experience through elementary school and the different ways in which people are affected by his condition.



Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman



Scythe Review


Scythe tells the journey of two individuals: Rowan and Citra. This is the story of these two peoples on their way of becoming scythe’s. In this world, humans have conquered death and scythes are the only ones who can take life; they do this to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are apprentices of scythes – something neither of them really want. This book expertly gives all sides of view to the reader. You see Citra’s view, Rowan’s, and some of the other scythes as well. Throughout the book, the reader learns many things about their world and they start to compare our world to Citra’s and Rowan’s. You think much more deeply about death and how their “utopian” world is not a “utopia” at all. What if all causes of death were eliminated? What if you could become Death himself and have the power to decide who dies, where, and why? These questions revolve around your mind while reading this book and make you think, not about their world, but about our own. How different life could be?  Overall, Scythe is an intriguing and powerful book that should not be taken lightly.

Upcoming Event

Beautifully Said: Quotes by remarkable women and girls, designed to make you think


On July 15, Saturday, at 11:00 AM, the Barnes & Noble, at the Tysons Corner Mall, will be hosting a Local Author Expo. At the Expo, new authors from the local community will discuss and explain the books they have written. This will be held on the first floor and will end at 8pm. At the Expo, authors Pauline Weger and Alicia Williamson, Ph.D. will be discussing their book Beautifully Said: Quotes by Remarkable Women and Girls designed to make you think, from 2 to 4pm. Beautifully Said contains quotes from amazing women from bygone eras such as Audrey Hepburn and Harriet Tubman. The book also holds quotes from contemporary figures such as Serena Williams and Malala Yousafzai. Another author that will be seen at the Expo is  D.M. Quincy. She will be discussing her book Murder in Mayfair: An Atlas Catesby Mystery. The Expo will be a great place to find freshly published books and meet new authors who are new to the public world of authorship.


Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue


By Aaryaman Akhouri

​Room is a book filled with emotion. It is sweet and innocent, yet dark and unsettling at the same time. Before I delve into the basic plot without spoiling, I will give some background information about the book. Room is a drama novel by Emma Donaghue released in 2010. It was adapted into a film that was released in 2015 to critical acclaim and Oscar buzz.
​The story of Room is about a woman who was kidnapped for 7 years. She had to live in a garden shed, and in that shed, she gave birth to a boy named Jack. Jack is a five year old boy who has never been outside the shed. The book is narrated by him. His mother and him refer to the shed as “Room”, which is why the book is titled that. Jack spends all of his life inside Room.
​He’s never seen trees, planes, or any other people besides his mother and the man who kidnapped her, referred to as “Old Nick.” I would like to commend the way this book was written. It’s beautiful and funny narration by Jack causes strong emotional affection.
​Although we never get to learn his mother’s thoughts, through skilled writing, it becomes very easy to care for her. Room is a sad book, but also a triumphant one that leaves you thinking about it for weeks. Overall, Room is a spectacular and original book that deserves the rating of 9.7/10.

Writing Fun with Chuck Cascio


(Image from Chuck Cascio’s Twitter)

On Thursday, May 25th, local author Chuck Cascio visited the Teen Advisory Board and told us about his adventures in journalism and fiction writing.

We heard about his experiences writing for multiple newspapers and mentoring multiple school newspapers, including Reston’s own South Lakes Sentinel.  He also lead us in a fun creative writing exercise and read us the first chapter of his new book, The Fire Escape Stories Volume One, which is on sale now.

His second book, The Fire Escape Stories Volume Two, also came out recently, and you can purchase it here.

Happy reading!


Book and Music Pairings Volume 3


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Since many of my more recent lists are shorter, I put off this post for awhile.

Book: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Music: Music Inspired By Alchemy: Faustus

Why They Go Together: The story includes a lot of alchemy, so this pairing makes a lot of sense.


Book: Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano

Music: Dollhouse by Melanie Martinez

Why They Go Together: Everything seems perfect in Morgan’s world, until she finds the truth.


Book: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Song: I Just Can’t Wait to Be King from Disney’s “The Lion King”

Why They Go Together: Although Macbeth is not an adorable lion, he definitely can not wait to be king.


Book: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Song: Night Faeries by Brandon Fiechter

Why They Go Together: This music will transport you to the magical forest described in Shakespeare’s famous play.


Book: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Music: The Elixir of Life by Peter Gundry

Why They Go Together: This music is perfect for an epic fantasy like The Emerald Atlas with mountains, caves, villains, and mysterious books.


Book: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Song: Gothic Ballerina by Derek and Brandon Fiechter

Why They Go Together: This song evokes images of pretty ghosts, just like Anna in Anna Dressed in Blood.


Happy (atmospheric) reading!