Chevy Chase
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Literacy Skill: Alphabet Letter Knowledge

Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Alphabet letter knowledge is when children understand that letters look different from each other, that the letters have names, and that letters relate to specific units of sounds or phonemes.  Research states that letter knowledge is the most important predictor of skills supporting reading success by linking sounds together to decode text.
Most children are ready to recognize letters by sight long before they are ready to translate them into sound.

DC Public Library Resources

Published on Saturday, April 10, 2010

All DC Public Libraries own several books on individual states for homework help (Call numbers JUV 972 - 979, and 996) , as well as various useful encyclopedias, atlases, and other reference sources (General US call number is JUV 973). 

Is the book you need on the state you want checked out? You might want to try Student Resource Center Gold, available online from the library, free to all DC Public Library cardholders.

To get there:

Display Runs Throughout April

Published on Friday, April 2, 2010
  • Did you know that Iranians work a 44-hour work week?  (5 and a half days)
  • Were you aware that females in Iran must "cover up" in public from age 8 up?
  • Have you ever heard of ski resorts in Iran?

We hear so much about Iran.  But how much do we really know about it?
If you feel like you could stand to learn a bit more about this important country, come see our display of wonderful photos and books about Iran.  It will remain up through the end of April 2010.

Published on Thursday, March 18, 2010

Watch a short video to see what we have.  Our DVD collection is relatively new, that is, we haven't been collecting them for very long, so it is not a huge collection yet ... but it is growing.   You can check for DVD titles in the catalog exactly the same as you look for a book.  Or you can call us at 202-282-0021 to ask if we have something in particular. Come see our selection soon!

Literacy Skill: Narrative Skills and Comprehension

Published on Thursday, March 11, 2010

Narrative skills are using expressive language, including describing things, putting events in order and retelling stories.  These skills are important because they will help children understand what they are hearing and reading once they begin to read. An example of a narrative skill is the ability to tell what happens in a book either by listening to the text or “reading the pictures or visual art .”  Telling and sequencing events about a zoo or store trip strengthens this skill.

Published on Monday, March 8, 2010

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Book cover of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

What our staff had to say about it:
From the same author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this book is a blend of history and horror that picks you up by the throat and does not let go.

Published on Monday, March 8, 2010

Nowadays it does seem as a children’s librarian that there is a growing trend to use picture books as bibliotherapy, especially when it comes to discipline.  Daniel Zalewski, a features editor, at the New Yorker discusses this at length in his essay “The Defiant Ones,” in the October 19, 2009 issue.  Zalewski  reviews a fine sampling of titles (DCPL owns) that reflect the current parenting zeitgeist in an age where “a favorite way of inculcating discipline is the reading of picture books.”

March Is Women's History Month

Published on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March is Women's History Month!   To celebrate, the Chevy Chase Branch Library has a display on Women of the Ancient World, featuring books on this topic.  Click here to see a bit of the display.

A.K.A Beyond "Junie B. Jones”

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Looking for something to read after Junie B. Jones? Take a look at this list compiled by Rhona Campbell.

These are in order from easiest to most difficult to read… 2nd-4th grade level:

Film Series at the Chevy Chase Library

Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chevy Chase Library is proud to announce its March film series "'Epic Epics."  We will be screening three award-winning epic films:
March 5: Titanic (1997) 193 minutes
March 19: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 221 minutes
March 26:  Doctor Zhivago (1965) 194 minutes

All films will start at 1 p.m., with a 15-minute intermission.  Hope to see you there!