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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. 

Think Spring in D.C.

Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
bookcover Cherry Blossom Festival _ Sakura Celebration  By Ann Mcclellan

It is really spring in D.C. when the Cherry Blossom Festival starts!

We will commemorate this gift from Japan that keeps giving, on March 30, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Our family program will include read-aloud stories, refreshments and craft.

All ages welcome.

Published on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Did you know that International Children’s Book Day falls in the month of April?

Come along with us as we tour the world. 

Go on a global trip as we stop through eight fictional ports, exploring different authors' take on the world. But wait - we'll also make a postcard to commemorate the journey! You can sketch a part of your voyage or create something entirely abstract; it’s up to you.

Join us on April 27 at 2 p.m., for children 6 and up.

Published on Friday, March 14, 2014

Throughout the ages, women have always fought beside, behind, with men and alone when the need arose. In the United States, women fought in the Wild West, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Native American and African American women also made great contributions on the battle front.

Molly PitcherOne of the women who engaged in combat during the Revolutionary War was Mary Ludwig-Hays, who became known as Molly Pitcher. Mary followed her husband, an artilleryman, to Valley Forge and the Battle of Monmouth in 1778. Mary's job was to carry pitchers of water to help cool the cannons.  When Mary's husband was wounded in battle, she took his place.

Book spine poetry challenge

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014
Book Spine Poetry
Image by covs97/ Flickr

If your looking for inspiration or feeling creative, then join us as we pay tribute to National Poetry Month. We’ll start with a short read aloud session - share a favorite poem or sample one of the library’s anthologies for fun.

Later, learn how to develop your inner muse through our book spine poetry challenge; arrange books to create a haiku-like poem. If you’ve never written a poem but always wanted to, then is the event is for you. Be it fanciful free verse or a simple rhyme, poetry is a pleasure that everyone can enjoy!

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ancestor HuntAre you planning a family reunion this year?  Do you have photos of family members that you can't identify or you know little about the people in those photos? 

Use the next family gathering at a funeral, wedding or holiday celebration to begin your search for your family history. 

Motivate your children to learn about their ancestors by teaching them basic genealogy skills.  Teach them to create a family tree that can be passed on to the next generation. A book that may be of interest to you is Ancestor Hunt: Finding Your Family Online by Nancy Shepherdson.

Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Cinderella book cover

Not every Cinderella goes to a ball dressed in glass slippers. Some girls don’t even have a fairy godmother to give them a ride in a pumpkin carriage! Can you imagine?

Variants of the Cinderella folk tale are told all over the world. In honor of World Folk Tales and Fables week, come join us on as we retell versions of this classic tale. In the latter portion of our program you can create your own paper doll version of Cinderella or her prince. Learn how to create a moveable paper doll that you can color in by hand.

Celebrating Women's History Month

Published on Monday, March 10, 2014
Zora Neale Hurston

Come join us on Monday, March 24 and Saturday, March 29 as we host a talk on the enigmatic author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-9160) in honor of Women’s History Month. Sadly, Hurston’s legacy as an writer and early folklorist remained in ambiguity until author Alice Walker brought her literary contributions to light. Today, Hurston is recognized as an acclaimed African-American author who wrote several texts, plays, etc., including the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The program will include: