Literacy SkillVocabulary 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.
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 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)
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:
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.)
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!”
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.
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.