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Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cover of Mo DirtyUrban fiction authors Darrell King (Dirty South and Mo Dirty) and James Tanner (Diary of a Thug) will visit Lamond-Riggs Library on January 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Published on Sunday, October 31, 2010

My family has been celebrating Kwanzaa for a little over 15 years now: Homemade gifts. Libations to my ancestors. Candle lighting! and good ole healthy soul food. When I talk about Kwanzaa, people often ask many questions or have a lot of preconceived ideas about the celebration.

So what exactly is Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa is a holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 based upon the the African tradition of celebrating the harvesting of the first fruits. Kwanzaa is a time of reflecting, reassessing, recommitting and rejoicing--and giving special reverence for the creator and creation and commemorating the past. 

Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days: Dec. 26 to Jan 1. The seven days are based upon the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) with each day being symbolic of one of the principles.

Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

Published on Sunday, October 31, 2010

This year I decided that I would celebrate my Thanksgiving holiday by being green!

I chose not to fly to Grandma's house and to do away with the traditional turkey. My family and I opted for a vegetarian dinner (except for the one steak that my hubby demanded). We bought vegetables that were for the most part locally and/or organically grown. We opted not to use any disposable plates, cups, utensils, etc.

We also limited the amount of electricity that we used by using natural sunlight and taking a walk instead of watching television. We played board and card games that were borrowed. I also did not burn any candles (I'm a candleholic!) but opted to open windows and to let in fresh air.

What can you do have a green Christmas?

Published on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Coffee, Java, Joe, Brew, ...whatever you like to call it! Come and enjoy a cup on us while discussing current events and great books. Lamond Riggs Library is hosting it's first meeting for the Senior Coffee and Chat on Friday, Nov 5, 2010 at 1pm. For more information call us at 202-541-6255

Published on Thursday, October 7, 2010

picture of warm items, such as gloves and scarvesThe Lamond-Riggs Library will be collecting new, gently used, clean, hats, gloves and scarves for children ages 1 to 13.  Hand-knitted items are welcomed. 

The items will be donated to the Center for Creative Nonviolence Shelter for Women. The collection will begin November 1, 2010, and end February 28, 2011.  For more information, call Ms. Jackson at 202-541-5924.

Published on Thursday, October 7, 2010

Enjoy carving a pumpkin and Halloween treats on October 30th, 2:00pm to 3:30pm.  We will be carving pumpkins, listening to Halloween music and eating Halloween treats.   This program is for ages 12 to 17. 

Published on Monday, September 27, 2010

Bonjour! Come explore France through stories, songs, and arts and crafts
on Wednesday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m.. Ages 3-5. Snacks will be

Here are two books that will be shared:

For more information on other venues that are hosting similar events, visit the Kid's Euro Festival website.

Published on Sunday, September 26, 2010

Calling all ghosts, goblins, and witches-Come celebrate Halloween at the Lamond Riggs Public Library on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 6:30pm. Hear spooky stories, paint your own pumpkin, and eat scary treats. Wear your Halloween costume because the best Halloween costume will win a prize!

Published on Thursday, September 23, 2010

Now that fall has officially arrived...share these great fall books with your child.

1. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
2. It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall

Published on Thursday, September 16, 2010

What is early literacy? Helping your child get ready to learn to read.
What are 10 ways that DC Public Library can help you get your child ready to read?

1. Sign up your child for a library card.
2. Read to your child daily.
3. Visit the library for story hour programs/family programs.
4. Ask your child to tell you what happened in the stories that you read to them.
5. Check out CDs and DVDs with children's songs and stories.
6. Participate in the Summer Reading program.
7. Visit your library often!
8. Ask the librarian to direct you to alphabet, counting and books with shapes.
9. Sign up for one of our Mother Goose on the Loose programs.
10. Turn off the television and visit your local library to use our Early Literacy Station.