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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:

Check Out Our Display and Find Out!

Published on Monday, January 4, 2010

Bangalore, India, has become a rapidly growing high-tech powerhouse, sometimes called "The Silicon Valley of Asia."  Check out the video of our display on Bangalore below.  You can see it at the Chevy Chase Branch through the end of January 2010.  And if you haven't read Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger yet, the latter part of the book gives a little taste of what is taking place in Bangalore today.  (Note: Bangalore is in the process of changing back to its pre-British name of Bengaluru.)
Watch a short video of the Bangalore display.

What’s the Best Book You Read in 2009?

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2009

As we round the bend to a New Year, we asked some of our Children’s Room readers and staff: 

What’s the BEST book you read in 2009?  

Here’s a sampling of the answers:

GM, age 2:  The Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak . She loves little, little, little books.  (Parent coached!)

PM and SA, age 4:  All the Madeleine books by Ludwig Bemelmans because all the girls stand in a line, wear the same dresses, and do the same thing all together. And these books rhyme!  “And we remember the rhymes!”

CA, age 5: “Dr Seuss books. I love them all because they’re silly and filled with very, very funny words!”

MRN, age 8: “Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve (The Magic Tree House; #30) by Mary Pope Osborne.  I love mysteries, and this is a great mystery story.  I recommend it to all kids.”

Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Children's Room hosted a holiday season party on December 17, supported by the Friends of the Chevy Chase Library and with goodies provided by Bread & Chocolate at 5542 Connecticut Avenue.  The crowd of about 40 revelers listened to stories, sang songs, jingled bells, and created cards, ornaments and gift boxes.  It was a jolly occasion, and it took place under a very beautiful tree decorated by Children's Librarian Annie Thacher. Below, Susan Keren reads a story for the children at the party.

Meditation Workshop Can Help

Published on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Chevy Chase Library will be hosting a meditation workshop on January 11 at 7 p.m.  William Smith, a retired lieutenant colonel and meditation expert will lead the workshop and teach attendees simple and effective meditation techniques.  

The workshop will be open to adults 18 and older.   

For more information please email Adult Librarian Emily Menchal.

Monday Afternoons at 2 p.m.

Published on Sunday, December 27, 2009

Jan. 4, October Sky, U.S., 1999. 1 hour, 48 minutes.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the true story of Homer Hickam, a boy who overcame hardships in West Virginia coal country to grow up to be a NASA aerospace engineer.  Co-starring Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. Won the Critics Choice Award for Best Family Film in 2000.

Jan. 11, The Night Listener, U.S., 2006.  1 hour, 31 minutes.
Toni Collette and Robin Williams give powerful performances in this chilling story of a radio talk show host who tries to help an abused boy who calls him, based on a true story. Also starring Sandra Oh and Bobby Cannavale.

Character Death Match!

Published on Sunday, December 27, 2009

A new feature to the Young Adult section is the “Character Death Match” in which patrons vote for their favorite character literary or movie/TV. 

This month the Heroine of the Twilight series Bella and The graphic novel Vampire Slayer Buffy were pitted against each other. 94 people stopped by to register their option, and the Winner is ..

Bella VS Buffy


Buffy won by 5 votes, and was the only one to get comments like
“Buffy, Accept no Substitutes” 
“Buffy! R U Kidding me?”
“Buffy X 100”.

There was even one entry that read "Go Jacob"