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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!

200th Anniversary of His Birth

Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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!

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!
A child on a Mardi Gras float