Chevy Chase
Neighborhood Library

Mardi Gras Madness in February!

"Samedi Gras" Fat Saturday

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)

Chevy Chase Celebrates Black History Month

Feature Films by African-American Women!

The Chevy Chase Library, in celebration of Black History Month, will feature four screenings of films directed by African-American women:February 3: Eve's Bayou, directed by Kasi Lemmons, rated R

Help Your Child Get Ready to Read

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:

Why Should You Know About Bangalore?

Check Out Our Display and Find Out!

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.)

Title Tidbits from the Children’s Room

What’s the Best Book You Read in 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!”

Holiday Season Party for the Kids

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.

Feeling Stressed Out?

Meditation Workshop Can Help

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.

Winter Film Series

Monday Afternoons at 2 p.m.

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.

Bella vs. Buffy

Character Death Match!

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 ..

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Author Spotlight

The movie Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Richie and starring Robert Downey Jr.  and Jude Law, opens soon, but if you just can’t wait, why not explore the original!Clue #1 : Investigate the Call Number: Fiction Doyle (Call numbers will be very useful to you in your investigation) And you might find: Sherlock Holmes novels (read the first two before you start on the short stories)

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