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'Seed by Seed'

Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seed by Seed Book Cover PhotoFall is here and in addition to admiring the bright colors of the trees as they change, we indulge in a lot of fun activities that include apples. For example, you may love making and eating treats, like apple pie, cider and candied apples. You probably also heard the name Johnny "Appleseed", but what do you know about him?

Activism and Education in Logan Circle

Published on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mary McLeod Bethune Book Cover

Celebrating the Richness of the Forbidden

Published on Monday, September 23, 2013
Scrabble folk.

You know us.  We are the dedicated library staff who scurry between the Welcome Desk, the Popular Library, and the Digital Commons to assist you in your information and entertainment needs. 

You may be surprised to learn that in our youth, even the most well-mannered of us revealed our rebel nature by reading banned books.  In fact, this habit has led us to our current illustrious profession in the place where these same books have found a safe place to live. 

Published on Monday, September 23, 2013

An Abundance of KatherinesOne of the big events libraries celebrate in September is Banned Books Week, where we highlight the mission of the library to provide information and entertainment on all topics and viewpoints, even if some readers might find it offensive. One of the authors we highlight during this time is John Green, whose works are often challenged in libraries across the country.

Toward that end, take a look at one of Green’s most interesting works, An Abundance of Katherines.

Published on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Hobbits, dwarves and hidden treasure! 

Tolkien Week kicks off this year on Hobbit Day, which is Sunday, Sept. 22 -- the birthday of Middle Earth's most famous hobbits, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. The festivities continue all week long, in honor of famed scholar and author, J.R.R. Tolkien. 

Fans all over the world observe Hobbit Day with a few of the hobbits' most cherished aspects of life -- food, comfort and the company of friends (but especially food!). 

New animals in the Children's Room

Published on Sunday, September 22, 2013

There are a lot of new faces to see in the Children’s Room – and not all of them are human!

I talked to our new animal friends myself to see how they're adjusting.  Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Wallace the Shark and Baby Giraffe!

Wallace the library sharkHello, Mr. Wallace!  How do you like life in the Children’s Room?
It’s a little dry for my taste, but not bad.

Where did you live before moving here?
I’m part of a little-known Great White community inhabiting the Potomac, Anacostia and most public pools.  Just kidding, hahahaha!! I’m from Australia.

Exploring Wordless Picture Books

Published on Saturday, September 21, 2013

FlotsamI adore picture books filled with wonderful, strange, and exciting new words.  However, the wordless picture book can be just as delightful.  Stories without words are perfect for children of all ages; they encourage imaginative storytelling and can be used to prompt creative writing with older readers, but also serve to help young children develop an understanding of story structure, build vocabulary, and teach basic visual literacy skills.  To an adult, wordless picture books may at first seem overly simplistic, but they are actually great f

Classic titles revisited and remixed

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

TequilaMockingbirdDo you host or belong to a book club? Do you enjoy a spirited cocktail now and then? If so, then Tim Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist may be just the book for you. Federle takes over 60+ classic literary titles and gives them a shake and a stir, and presents them transformed with a twist on the original title in a drinkable version.

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

One City LogoThis free event is for all the D.C. residents with a disability, advocates, caregivers and providers to:

  • share information and valuable resources;
  • build new relationships;
  • participate in activities that are fun, relaxing and empowering!

The expo is Tuesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.


How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help

Published on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Catalog record of MismatchThe first thing to say about this book is that it is a call to discussion and further research, not meant to be the last word on the matter. The authors say much the same about it -- they do feel the research they have shows a likelihood the problem is real, but frequently note the need for more data to be released so better studies can be done. Since there is a court case (Fisher v.