What do you do if you find out you’re pregnant? Do you decide to keep the baby and raise it on your own? Do you give the baby up for adoption? Do you decide to have an abortion? Or do you throw the baby in the garbage and hope that no one finds it? These are the issues that confront the main characters in two different books, After and My Life as a Rhombus. In After by Amy Efaw, the reader journeys with Devon Davenport through the criminal justice system as everyone—her lawyer, her mother, and even Devon herself—seeks to discover whether Devon was capable of having a secret pregnancy, giving birth at home by herself, and then throwing the baby in the trash. Devon is an honor student and a star soccer player, who has never even had a real boyfriend, but as it turns out, Devon is hiding much more than even she knows.
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Published on Thursday, February 18, 2010
Going Down South by Bonnie Glover is a wonderful story about family trials, tribulations and forgiveness.
The story is about a young girl named Olivia Jean who is being raised by her mother, Daisy, and her father, Turk. Olivia feels that her mother cares more for Turk than she cares for her. She also thinks that her father cared for her until she became pregnant. He does not speak to her, touch her or look at her. He treats her as though he hates her.
Published on Saturday, February 13, 2010
Come and celebrate Black History Month with us at the Washington Highlands Interim Library. Elementary schools are welcome to register a date for a black history program.
Childcare centers are invited to our black history preschool story time every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Can’t make it on Wednesdays? No problem, just call 202-243-1184, and schedule a visit!
Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Although we have already run out of our supply of both D.C. and federal tax forms, you can print your tax forms online from the following websites.
If you are looking for a library that hosts free tax preparation, you can find the list of participating locations on the income tax assistance page.
Published on Thursday, February 4, 2010
The Black History Film series kicks off tonight at the library at 6 pm. Every Thursday night in February, we will be showing a different film related to black history. Tonight's film is Tuskegee Airmen.
Be sure to join us the rest of the month for the following films:
Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010
Book by Karen English, Illustrations by Laura Freeman
Published on Friday, January 22, 2010
Deja and Nikki are best friends. They live right by one another. They go to the same school and are inseparable. Antonia moves in next door but she can’t break these two girls apart. But that’s before Deja has an idea to start a drill club during recess. Deja and Nikki is a lovely chapter book, with regular African-American girl characters in everyday situations; trying to do each other hair, having friendship drama and hoping that the loud kids in line don’t get the whole class in trouble. The book is also about friendships, jealousy, miscommunication and forgiveness. The lesson in this book story was that things can still be great even if they don’t go as expected. Kids reading this book will relate to another part of growing up. This is a chapter book, and is recommend for kids in grades 2 and 3.
Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Come join the High Noon Book Club on Monday Feb. 1, 2010, when we explore the book Going Down South by Bonnie Glover. Its a story about motherhood, love, disappointment and forgiveness.
Celebrate the Life of Dr. King
Published on Monday, January 11, 2010
January 15 is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the civil rights leader who was assasinated in 1968. The DC Public Library is celebrating the life of Dr. King with a week-long series of events at all of our neighborhood libraries. Please visit the Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library to participated in our Wall of Hope, where you can share your hopes and dreams. On Thursday, January 14 at 5 p.m. we will have a special family celebration called "Happy Birthday, Dr. King." There will be films and refreshments for all.
All DC Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observation of the King holiday.
Published on Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Happy New Year!
This month, the staff at the Washington Highlands Library is pleased to bring a new program to the library.
We invite you and your baby (up to 24 months) to join us on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for songs and stories. This will be an ongoing program throughout the year. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome!