Chevy Chase
Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, September 10, 2010

Forget what you used to know about Bogota, Colombia.  Fifteen years ago it was considered one of the world's worst cities.   Today, thanks to several remarkable mayors who thought way outside the box, Bogota is a city transformed.  The changes have been dramatic and inspiring.  Our library is featuring a display on this transformation through October 15. See a bit of it here.  And see if you are inspired!

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2010

Photo of Ava the dog close up
From Ava's Diary: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hi, all! It’s Ava. What a grand time I had at the library tonight. I just love being around kids. Normally I spend my days visiting children in hospitals or going on National Park hikes. You see, I am a certified PAL dog

So a trip to the library was a lovely change. It was my first time at the Chevy Chase Library, so there were a lot of new things to see and smell. Truth be told, the best-smelling thing was those scrumptious T Bonz treats that looked and smelled like mini filet mignons!

Published on Monday, September 6, 2010

Cooler days are coming, and what better time of year to sit and enjoy reading in the lush greenery of our Reading Garden?   If you haven't tried it yet, give yourself a little treat.  Come, sit and read a while!

Published on Sunday, September 5, 2010

This year the summer reading theme centered around water. Every month, when children reached their goals they got to design a "splasher" and put their name on it.

Each month the shape of the "splasher changed; the three shapes were shell, starfish and fish.

As you can see, we had a lot of people contribute to the wall, and the goals ranged from five books a month to 120 books per month!

Well done everyone who made this a success.
Great reef of readers

Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Starting Thursday September 2nd at 11 AM the Chevy Chase Library will be offering a five week program on reading to your baby. Each week will focus on a new skill. Space is limited to 15 caregivers.

Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This Saturday September 4th starting at 10 AM the Chevy Chase Library will be having a party to celebrate the end of the Summer reading program.  This years theme was "Make a Splash", and we will be having games, prizes and fun!

Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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The Chevy Chase DC Library's book club selection for September is Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.  This humorous memoir follows the author through his North Carolina childhood, through his adult life in New York City, to his recent move to France, where he struggles to learn the language. 

Help Your Child Get Ready to Read

Published on Friday, August 20, 2010

How we read to children is as important as how frequently we read to them.  With school beginning very soon, here are some helpful suggestions to use with pre-schoolers as well as even younger children, as we begin to reinforce those early literacy skills.

Children learn most from picture books when they are actively involved with the reader and the book.  “Dialogic Reading is an interactive shared reading technique designed to enhance early literacy skills and language development.”  It is the child and adult having a conversation about the pictures and the text that is most important.  Research from the U.S. Department of Education shows that dialogic reading is based on three main strategies:

Published on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Purple and black origami cranes mark the new entrance to the expanded Teen Zone at the Chevy Chase Library. Within the new space, one of the additions is a study table and chairs. Just to the right of the new burgundy curtain, there is a cork board for Teens to post reviews, make recommendations or even post a poem. The space is warm and cozy, but has a large window so it still feels open. We invite you to come on in and see how your library is changing.

Welcome to the Teen Zone!

Battle of the Wizards!

Published on Thursday, August 12, 2010

This month the Character Death Match featured two beloved characters: Gandalf the Grey/White, from Lord of the Rings vs. Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter Series.

And the Winner is......

Albus Dumbledore with a whomping willow 74 votes out of 115!

Voting Slips from Character Death Match