Mt. Pleasant
Neighborhood Library

Recommended Books for the Under Five Set

Published on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Recommended by Polly, Mt. Pleasant Children's Librarian

"The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas

Published on Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cover image for the novel The Slap, by Christos Tsiolkas At a family barbecue, a group of friends and neighbors witness a man slapping an unruly child who is not his own. This act sets off a series of introspective examinations in everyone who witnessed it, forcing them to come to grips with their lives.

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for 2009, this gripping page-turner is an exploration of contemporary middle-class Australian society.

Published on Monday, August 2, 2010

If you're still waiting to get your summer books before school starts, we suggest using the online catalog to make sure we have what you're looking for before you come to the library. There are lots of other students in your class, and if they got here first, we'll have to order the book for you from another library. We're glad to do that (or you can place a hold using your library card on the online catalog or call us at 202-671-3122), but it does take a few days for books to get here, so please don't leave it until the last minute for your own sake!

Saturdays at 10:30 ending August 21

Published on Monday, July 19, 2010

We have started another session of our STAR Preschool Breakfast program! The program is for parents/caregivers of children 3-5 years old with an accompanying child. Each session highlights one of the six literacy skills that enable children to become confident readers. The Preschool Breakfast Program is part of DCPL's STAR (Sing, Talk And Read) initiative, the goal of which is to ensure that every child in DC starts school well prepared to learn to read. STAR is not a learning-to-read program, it is a program that teaches adults how to help prepare children to become confident readers.     

Each session is approximately an hour long, includes food and a free book, and lots of fun activities as well as discussions about how children learn and how to include activities that encourage the development of literacy skills in everyday life.

"Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America"

Published on Thursday, July 1, 2010
Cover image of Barbara EhrenreichInspired by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, Barbara Ehrenreich decided in 1998 to join the millions of Americans who survive on low wages, and try her hand at making a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate. The result is a compelling exposé account of how the majority of people in this country work year-round at physically and mentally exhausting jobs, often for no more than $6 or $7 an hour. She reveals a population that is as tenacious in their daily struggles as they are generous with humor, insight, and passion.

Early Literacy Initiative for Caregivers and Children

Published on Thursday, June 10, 2010

As part of DC Library's early literacy initiative STAR (Sing, Talk, And Read), a six-week Preschool Breakfast program is coming to our neighborhood this week! Space is still available for those who want to register.

The Preschool Breakfast program is a six-week long workshop designed for parents and caregivers with children ages 3-5. The workshops will talk about important early literacy skills that will help children be ready to read (or already reading!) by the time they are of school age. The program will be Saturday mornings,  and we will discuss a specific early literacy skill each week. This program involves a lot of valuable information, guidance on storytelling, the sharing of songs and rhymes, and great weekly book and toy giveaways, plus food, of course!

"On Beauty" by Zadie Smith

Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Cover image for Zadie SmithThis hilariously biting, thoughtful and touching novel is a 21st century study of class difference, race, politics, and gender as told through the stories of two very different families, the Belseys and the Kipps. Through her characters and their diverse experiences, Ms. Smith spares no one and paints a vivid picture through all manner of language and expression: gangsta street talk, American and British academic posturing, down-home black Floridian straight talk, and the profane talk of both white and black kids.

Graphic Novels

Published on Thursday, June 3, 2010

Twisted Journeys #13: School of Evil
Text by Marie P. Croall, drawings by Sandy Carruthers

A comic book/graphic novel in the choose-your-own-adventure tradition. You're a new student at the creepy Darkham Academy, and it's your first day. You're here to study history, and your first new friend, a cheerful girl named Jess, is in science, on a scholarship.

Your first class is with Professor Aslem, a history teacher, a scary-looking older woman, but before she can start, a message comes from the headmaster: he needs a couple of students to help him. Jess volunteers, and urges you to do the same.

Make a Splash, Read!

Published on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Our summer reading theme this year is "Make a Splash, Read!" and the program officially begins June 1st! 
Children ages 0-13 are encouraged to come to the library and sign up for the program.
This summer we will be tracking time spent reading, rather than number of books, and each child is encouraged to help set her/his own goal for each prize! We have awesome reading logs with stickers, cool water-themed programs, and a list of fun books to help you make a splash!

We also have two special programs for Summer Reading in June, both at Ward 1 Parent Resource Center (inside Harriet Tubman Elementary School), 3101 13th St NW, enter through the parking lot at 13th and Kenyon.

"The Emperor: Downfall of An Autocrat" by Riszard Kapuscinski

Published on Friday, May 21, 2010

 Cover photograph of Haile Selassie for KapuscinskiHaile Selassie, called the King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from 1930 until 1974. In 1975, while the country was still wracked by unrest, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s foremost foreign correspondent, traveled throughout Ethiopia to interview members of the Emperor’s court and ministries. The result is a fascinating book filled with first-hand accounts and insights into a leader’s cult of personality, and his obsession with maintaining power while becoming ever more out of touch with his people, culminating in one of the most unusual revolutions in world history.