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Picture Book Recommendations

Published on Monday, September 1, 2014

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September is National Library Card sign-up month. At the library, we're doing a lot of things to celebrate and spread the word throughout the community, but one of the simplest and my favorite way to celebrate is reading books about libraries!

Luckily, there are lots of great picture books, both fiction and non-fiction, about libraries. Here are some that I particularly like:

Library LionLibrary Lion by Michelle Knudsen may be a little old (there's an actual card catalog in the illustrations!), but it's a real charmer and still holds up. There are lots of rules in Miss Meriweather's library but none about lions: there's never been a lion in the library before! When a lion arrives, he becomes a great helper... once he learns the rules about roaring!

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn is a picture book ideal for young preschoolers. It's often the first book I read a story times with new groups, because it introduces the library and some of our services with bright pictures, simple concepts and vocabulary.

One new release that I enjoy is A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker. Bear doesn't think he needs to go to the library - after all, he already has 7 books at home! Still, once Mouse drags him there, I bet he'll find something to enjoy at the library!

BiblioburroThere is some great picture book non-fiction about libraries as well. I am pretty partial to Biblioburro by Jeannette Winter about Luis, who uses his burros as a mobile library in rural Colombia. Hands Around the Library, by Susan Roth, is an inspiring story about people working together to save the library of Alexandria.

How will you celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month? I hope you'll being your friends and family members who do not have cards in to get one!

-Ms. Sho, Children's Librarian

Come To The Library And Get Caught Reading

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014

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September 21 to September 27 is Banned Books Week. This is the time when we spotlight books that were at some point decided to be too dangerous, too explicit, or otherwise too controversial to be allowed. Some of the most famous books in the English language were banned at one point, including The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, The Hunger Games, Captain Underpants, and numerous others. Libraries have long been one of the places where people can go to read what they want, without anyone deciding for them what is appropriate.

Published on Thursday, August 14, 2014
The summer may be winding down, but the Anacostia Neighborhood Library "Summer Sizzlers" program continues to heat up!Every weekday after our free summer meals, children are invited to join us for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) related projects. In collaboration with groups such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and DC Central Kitchen, our students have planted vegetables, learned about the scientific method, created a character development art project, and even made their own ice cream!
We invite you to join us every weekday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. to be a part of our Summer Sizzlers program!

Published on Friday, August 1, 2014
Picture of apple, stethoscope, and tape measure

On Sunday, August, 17, at 2 p.m., visit the Anacostia Neighborhood Library for a health fair that will include free health screenings, fun activities and information that relate to healthy living and learning. This program is made possible through a partnership and support from the Metropolitan Police Department and the Friends of the Anacostia Neighborhood Library.

Four Nationals Players Swing by Four Neighborhood Libraries

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014
Four members of the Washington Nationals team took a break from the diamond last Saturday, July 19 to visit four neighborhood libraries.
The Anacostia, Deanwood, Mount Pleasant, and Tenley-Friendship Libraries hosted ballplayers Denard Span, Drew Storen, and Scott Hairston along with manager Matt Williams for an afternoon or fun and reading. Each Nationals member read one of their favorite baseball-themed stories to a crowd of excited youngsters and parents, then took some time to answer a few questions about reading and life in the big leagues. Check out a few pictures from the events below:

Meet the Nationals Centerfielder on Saturday, July 19

Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Love Washington Nationals baseball?  

On Saturday, July 19 at 12 noon, swing by the Anacostia Neighborhood Library for the chance to meet Washington Nationals' very own Denard Span! 

Published on Monday, July 7, 2014


Studying for the SAT test can be tough and expensive!  However, the DC Public Library is here to help!  The Testing Education Reference Center is one of many FREE  resources on our online databases.  On July 17, 24 and 31, come talk with Anacostia staff as we walk you through the steps on how to properly access this FREE resource.  The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States.   

Thursdays, July 17, 24 and 31  2 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Backyard LaboratorySummer  Sizzlers
The Anacostia Neighborhood will be hosting Summer Sizzlers, a youth activity program which focuses on the DC Public Libraries summer reading theme of science. These activities are free and open to the public for children ages  5-12. Come enjoy fun activities such as:
·  Games
·  Dramatic play
·  Karaoke
·  Arts and crafts
·  Movies  

Published on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Book cover of Rosie Revere Engineer
In collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library is excited to continue our "Community Leaders Are Readers" program. 

Recommendations Inspired by Joe Romano's Fizz Boom Read Magic Show

Published on Monday, June 30, 2014

Magician Joe Romano came to the library on Monday, June 30th and did an awesome magic show for us. I had such a great time that it made me want to learn more about how to do my own magic tricks, and the science behind some of them! Luckily, the library has lots of materials to help me on my journey to become a magician.

Teens Get Ready for the 2014 Summer Reading Program at Anacostia

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DCPL 2014 Teen Summer Reading Logo

The summer is fast approaching and with the arrival of the new season, what better way for young adults to stay on top of their game than to sign-up for the 2014 Teen Summer Reading program, Spark a Reaction.  Young adults can win cool prizes, such as Chipotle coupons, an iPad mini, Washington Nationals tickets, and even a pair of Beats by Dre Headphones, simply by completing various activities starting on Sunday, June 1, 2014.  For more details on how to win these great prizes, please visit DCPL 2014 Teen Summer Reading