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Published on Monday, September 10, 2012

Pearl Buck coverThe September selection of the Chevy Chase History/Biography Book Club is Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling. 

Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver

Published on Thursday, August 30, 2012

Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver coverWas there real Long John Silver? 
Is the most famous of fictional pirates actually based on the life of a real man?
Did he live near by in Alexandria, Va.?
Who was Johnathan Swift? 
Where are his legendary silver mines?

Home Sweet Home?

Published on Monday, August 27, 2012

Is home a familiar space or a foreign place?  Can it be both at once?  Homes can be cozy spots of safety, fortresses against danger, battlegrounds, and concealments.  Homes are places where world dramas play out on domestic stages.  Homes are where people live, grow and test the boundaries of filiation and affiliation, where a reckoning develops between forming an identity and retaining a sense of belonging.  

In this series, we will consider the notion of “home” as a nebulous place of nostalgia, security and betrayal; it is a place that exists on a cultural and emotional level that is intrinsically linked with the physical attributes of architecture and design.

Each session will begin with a 30-minute lecture about the book, its author and its historical context.  A facilitated group discussion will follow each lecture. The books and discussion dates are below. This series will meet at Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 

Please contact to receive emails about the program.  We are grateful for the financial support for the series from the Chevy Chase Library Friends, and hope you will join us for the series.


Published on Monday, August 27, 2012

Dr. Denise Johnson, assistant professor of reading education, at the College of William and Mary, says of audio books: "It's the mode of presentation, the narrator's use of of inflection, interpretation and effective pacing which engages the reader's senses.  The listener becomes absorbed into the story line.  Does listening to audio books count as reading?  If reading is understanding the content of the story, then audio books succeed.  Understanding the message, thinking critically about content, and making connections is at the heart of what it means to be a reader and why kids learn to love books."

So many wonderful audio books can be borrowed or downloaded from DC Public Library.  A few of the favorites are:

Meeting: Monday, September 10, 7 p.m.

Published on Monday, August 27, 2012

'A Week in the Woods' by Andrew Clements

Published on Monday, August 13, 2012
Week in the woods
Eleven-year-old Mark Chelmsley transfers to rural New Hampshire's Hardy Elementary School with just weeks left of the school year, a temporary stay while his family gets settled.

As Mark slowly makes friends, he starts to look forward to the annual fifth-grade camping trip. But on the trip's first night, Mark gets into trouble and is told he will have to go home. Mark runs away and the science teacher, Mr. Maxwell, goes after him.

Minutes turn into hours and both teacher and student become lost.  How will they survive in the cold mountains? What does each character discover about themselves?

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Join us for an evening of fun, treats and listening to Park Ranger Tony discuss nocturnal animals living in Rock Creek Park.  

Summer Reading poster
We will roast marshmallows and celebrate all of your great summer reading within the Dream Big theme. 
See you at Chevy Chase Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August  22.

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cold moon CoverThe August selection of the Chevy Chase Library Mystery Book Club is Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver.

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Amazing Grace coverThe August selection of the Chevy Chase History Book Club is Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas.

Amazing Grace is the biography of William Wilberforce, a British statesman and reformer from the early part of the 19th century.  It chronicles his extraordinary contributions to the world, primarily his 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, which he won in 1807.

This Friday: Beetlejuice

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012

At 2 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 3, we will be screening the Tim Burton comedy Beetlejuice as part of "Own the Night" our teen summer reading program. 

This movie is PG and is open to teens 11 and older.

Hope to see you there!