Chevy Chase
Neighborhood Library

Chevy Chase Library will remain closed all day on Saturday, Nov. 22 due to low temperatures.

The Library Celebrates Tokyo

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Cat Cafes!  Mayonnaise restaurants!   Capsule hotels!   35 million people!Tokyo is a world unto itself.  Wacky, surprising, massive, and vital to the world economy. Check out our display of this mammoth and fascinating city which will remain up through the end of May 2010.

Midnight Movies at Six

Annual Summer Cult Film Series Begins May 10

Chevy Chase Library will begin its annual summer cult film series, "Midnight Movies at Six," starting May 10. This series will features films that weren't always commercially or critically successful, but have developed a devoted following though word of mouth.The summer schedule is as follows:5/10 Bottle Rocket (1996) directed by Wes Anderson; Rated R

Character Death Match

April Showdown!

Our character death match displays have rapidly gained popularity.  Last month, Captain Jack Sparrow of the Black Pearl solidly trounced Captain Han Solo of the Millennium Falcon.   Captain Solo made a heroic attempt to come from behind, but he was still no match for swashbuckler Jack, who triumphed with 33 votes to Han's 20.

Help Your Child Get Ready to Read

Literacy Skill: Alphabet Letter Knowledge

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.

Homework Help for State Research

DC Public Library Resources

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:

"Demystify" Iran at Chevy Chase

Display Runs Throughout April

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?

Did You Know the Library Has DVDs?

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!

Help Your Child Get Ready to Read

Literacy Skill: Narrative Skills and Comprehension

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.

Title Tidbits from the Children’s Room

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

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