Chevy Chase
Neighborhood Library

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

Part Two: Vocabulary Development

Published on Saturday, February 13, 2010

Literacy Skill
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:

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.

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