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Women's Health and Diabetes

Published on Friday, May 9, 2014
Diabetes blue circle
The blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes.

The month of May is Women's Health month. Many women are familiar with with the health risks associated with high blood pressure or cancer but what about diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association “12. 6 million women are currently affected by diabetes” (American Diabetes Association) - that could be your mother, grandmother, sister, child, friend or co-worker. In order to combat a disease like diabetes, one must be informed and proactive about their health.

Journey to jazz in 1940s Harlem and D.C.

Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Use your imagination to experience the Harlem Renaissance as you visit the Cotton Club and Small's Paradise in Harlem and the Bohemian Caverns and  the Lincoln Colonnade on U Street in D.C. Enjoy music in a night club setting as you listen to John Coltrane "walk the bar" with his saxophone, Ella Fitzgerald "scat," Billy Eckstine "croon and make the ladies swoon," Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, "Lady Day" Holiday and other jazz artists. 

Published on Monday, May 5, 2014

Blue Star
Perhaps you noticed this past Tuesday (as with all the other DC branches) that we were closed for staff day. And while we missed you, our loyal patrons, our closure was not in vain. It was a stimulating day with the opportunity to engage in discussion with colleagues and take classes designed for performance development.

Let's Get Reading!

Published on Monday, May 5, 2014
Family Reading Night

Reading should be a lifelong pursuit. However, sometimes children need a little help to discover where their interests and aptitude lie. Perhaps as a parent you've asked yourself questions concerning your child's reading ability. Maybe you've thought to yourself:
  • How can I encourage my child to read?
  • What should I do if my child doesn't like to read?
  • How do I start to read with my child?

Published on Thursday, May 1, 2014

Stuffed animal (photo taken by Erin Farquhar)My name is Phooka and I'm a stuffed rabbit. Could you tell? I think it's my ears that always gives it away. Ever since my best friend started working at the library, I've been lonely.

She promised me that I could come to the library, but so far I haven't had a chance to go. But I'm really excited because she's finally bringing me and I know I'm going to make a lot of new friends. Maybe you can come, too?

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014


Published on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sewing MachineNever underestimate the power of fabric and thread - creative ingenuity is the motto for the day!

Sewing 101 is intended for those who have never sewed but would like to learn. After all, who hasn't had a hem fall down or a button fall off? But if your tired of duct tape as a solution, then join us for this program. In this simple course, you can learn to sew with ease, as you develop the following skills:

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014
Flower Fairy
Image by Boston Public Library/ Flickr

Spring is approaching, and with this change in seasons comes a lovely day to celebrate, May Day.

With the sun shining and flowers blooming why even sprites or pixies are tempted to come out and play.

Wait, did you just see that? It was a fairy! Oh, you missed it?

Then tempt the fay to come out and play as we have a merry time. We’re going to read fairy related stories and make a flower garland that you can wear. Flowers and fairies - what better way to have an enchanting day?

Not sure what to read? Try something new!

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

March Display BooksLet us help you pick your next great book! We have a wonderful new display at our library just for you.

Each book provides some fun hints at the content of the book. Meet the main character (sort of), determine the genre, and get just a taste of what's inside.

Jazz Appreciation Month Program

Published on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Did you know that the month of April was chosen to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in recognition of the birthdays of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan and Tito Puente?

Jazz Appreciation Month, a project of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, was signed into law in 2001 by President George W. Bush.  The purpose of the month is to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance as an American cultural heritage. In addition, it is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz — to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz and support institutional jazz programs.