Polish composer Frederic Chopin was born on Feb. 22, 1810, making this month the 200th anniversary of his birth. Fans of Chopin's music may be pleased to visit our display of books about the life and music of Chopin, which will remain on display until they are all checked out!
200th Anniversary of His Birth
Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Published on Monday, February 22, 2010
The DC Library now offers the first two books in the popular "Quirk Classic" series: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Both books are "mash-ups" that add supernatural elements (namely zombies and sea monsters) to Austen's original text (and they blend together surprisingly well).
Published on Saturday, February 20, 2010
On Saturday February 20th the Chevy Chase Library was pleased to host the City Year Volunteers.
What is City Year?
"City Year unites young people of all backgrounds
for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities
to change the world." - from City Year's Homepage
After a tour of the library the members broke off into teams for their assignments. In a little over two hours they shelved almost 1500 books, helping out with the backlog from the past snowstorms. In addition, 10 library cards were issued, books checked out, and much chocolate consumed. This was a great experience, and the staff looks forward to working with them again.
Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2010
On Saturday the library celebrated Mardi Gras with floats (bookcarts), arts & crafts, bead tossing and refreshments!
Here are a couple of happy parton's celbrating Mardi Gras in the library on Saturday!
Part Two: Vocabulary Development
Published on Saturday, February 13, 2010
Vocabulary development is knowing the names of things, feelings concepts and ideas.
The best practices for early literacy programming in libraries have been established based on current brain and educational research. When these strategies are implemented with story times at your library, children's foundations for reading success are enhanced.
At Chevy Chase Library we use singing, fingerplays, following directions with music, and reading books aloud to children to help develop vocabulary with new words introduced.
Some examples of good books that support vocabulary development are:
Black History Month Display and Video
Published on Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Howard University has played a major role in the history of our country. If you didn't know that, you may be amazed by our current display, "Through the Doors of Howard." See for yourself some of the many outstanding figures in American history who have been associated with Howard. This display will be available for viewing until Feb. 28.
Published on Sunday, January 31, 2010
The term Mardi Gras is a French expression meaning "Fat Tuesday" and possibly refers to the last chance people can indulge before Lent.
The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. These colors were chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. The colors represent the following:
- purple -- justice
- green -- faith
- gold -- power
Mardi Gras has events organized by private clubs known as krewes. Today there are about 60 krewes that plan the parades and balls of New Orleans' Mardi Gras. The oldest krewe, the Krewe of Comus, was founded in 1857 by men who feared the outrageous antics of Mardi Gras would lead to the holiday being outlawed.
If you go to a Mardi Gras parade, you can get beads by shouting the well-known phrase, "Throw me something, mister!"
"Samedi Gras" Fat Saturday
Published on Sunday, January 31, 2010
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, but on Saturday February 13 we will be bringing a taste of this New Orleans celebration to the library. The festivities start at 1:00 PM with arts and crafts, mask making, float decorating, and refreshments such as mini king cakes. We conclude our festivities with the parade of floats and tossing of beads.
Stay tuned for fun Mardi Gras Facts! and as they say in New Orleans "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" (Let the Good Times Roll)
Feature Films by African-American Women!
Published on Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Chevy Chase Library, in celebration of Black History Month, will feature four screenings of films directed by African-American women:
Published on Thursday, January 7, 2010
Children prepare to read long before they go to school - early literacy is everything children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Early literacy is not the teaching of reading. It is a set of skills that helps children become successful readers. The American Library Association has identified six early literacy skills that foster reading and writing: