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Blake's First Friday Five

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Welcome to the new Northeast Neighborhood Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, we are highlighting graphic novels.

As someone who had not read graphic novels, I decided I had to break out of my comfort zone and try something new. A quick look into our handsomely renovated Young Adult space helped me discover these great books: 

Cell Block ZCell Block Z  "Scooby Snack, Jurassic, plastic gats booby-trapped..." The rapper who uttered these brilliant lyrics, Ghostface Killah, is also the author of Cell Block Z. This gritty story about a prize fighter incarcerated for a crime he did not commit is sure to bring many surprises. As you read on you will discover that the story is a lot deeper than it seems.

Level UpLevel Up by Gene Luen Yang carries a great plot to go with a great book design. The vintage Gameboy design really caught my attention, and I chuckled at the story of the college aged video game lover born in the U.S. to traditional Chinese parents. To enjoy this story you don't have to be a gamer, have immigrant parents, or be of Chinese descent.

BoilerplateBoilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel by husband and wife team Paul Guinan and Anina Bennet is a must read on so many levels. The cover immediately made me stop. Since I am fond of history, and a slight know-it-all, the story of the 19th-century robot that I had never heard of blew my mind. With great pictures and detailed journalism, the history of Boilerplate is traced from its inventor's beginnings to one of the world's marvels being forgotten through the course of time. The book tells it all and is much more entertaining than doing an internet search on history's Robot Soldier.

Birth of a NationBirth of a Nation: A Comic Novel is brought to you by the minds behind of one of my favorite shows ever, The Boondocks. I must admit I am not excited about season four since Aaron McGruder will no longer be writing for the show. Birth of a Nation, however is a perfect way to enjoy his art. This story is too funny! What happens when East St. Louis, Illinois declares itself its own country? Why would it want to in the first place? This book has that covered, teaching you what you need to know about an often ignored part of our country. Did I also mention that the first page is hilarious? 

 AyaAya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet is another one of those books that had me from the cover alone. After picking up this one I am now wrapped in the story of young women coming of age in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa in the late 1970s. Before you try to predict what takes place, I must let you know that Aya is a teen like those found in many other books and high school hallways. This book will really cheer you up, and if you do not have trouble following directions, like I do, you will start with Aya.

-Blake, children's Library Associate

Five fun tunes

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Welcome to the new Northeast Library blog series, called Your Friday Five!

Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, we are highlighting five fun tunes you can find on Freegal!

If you're anything like me, you go on serious music kicks where you only listen to a particular genre for a while. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I just can't get enough of it! Lately I've been listening to a lot of folk, folk rock and alternative rock. Here are the top five songs on my iPod's Recently Played playlist. 

Film Screening and Discussion

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Since the infancy of the film industry, there have been innovative and influential women both in front of and behind the camera making their mark on the world of movies and television.

Even before the Méliès brothers' first films, there was Alice Guy-Blaché's La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), believed to be the first narrative motion-picture ever made. Women played integral roles in the eras that followed, from the silent era through classic Hollywood, past the avant-garde latter part of the 20th century all the way up to contemporary times. Directors like Kathryn Bigelow and Sofia Coppola, actors like Meryl Streep and Lupita Nyong'o, and screenwriters such as Tina Fey and Nora Ephron, are all celebrated for their critical and beloved contributions to big screens and silver screens alike.

May's book is The Expats by Chris Pavone

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

For May's meeting we are reading The Expats by Chris Pavone.

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014
Join Genna Kohlhardt and Maddison Conforti from Writopia Lab DC for May’s installment of the Northeast Library’s continuing writing workshop series. For kids ages 10-13, Genna and Maddison will lead a fun 
creative writing workshop including warm-up games to get students inspired, writing exercises led by published instructors, and an end-of-day reading. Writopia Lab focuses on student-driven instruction, so 

Writopia Lab Students

Jazz for the Young

Published on Friday, April 11, 2014

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month, we are highlighting five great jazz books for youth.

Music and singing are an easy and enjoyable way to involve children in language. It helps children learn and remember new words and to hear the smaller sounds in words. Strong vocabularies and being able to hear the syllables in words are critical to helping children be ready to learn to read.

Please enjoy these titles as you explore the world of Jazz!

'Doll Bones'

Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tween Book Club Would you run away from home to bury a haunted doll to avoid a curse?

That is one of the many questions Northeast Library tweens discussed at the Tween Book Club for Doll Bones by Holly Black

Celebrate poetry with Northeast Neighborhood Library!

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

Poetry is as old as spoken language itself, and its many forms are as diverse as its practitioners throughout history. Even today, there are tens of thousands of working, published poets in the United States alone, not to mention the many thousands more who simply write for the pleasure of creating works of art with no intention to publish.

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Seuss and his wild, catchy rhymes. Many of us grew up reading Shel Silverstein and his beautiful verse depicting serious and silly themes alike. Perhaps you can remember the horror of having to recite a memorized sonnet in front of your eighth grade Language Arts class. And of course, all of us have experienced the most famous poet of all, William Shakespeare.

My first poetry books

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, called Your Friday Five!

Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up 5 of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as poetry month, we are highlighting five great first poetry books.

Poems are a great choice for little ones for many reasons. First, poetry is great match for the short attention spans that babies start off with. Poetry, especially rhymes and nursery rhymes,  plays with language in a fun and silly way that children enjoy. Moreover, the condensed format of poetry compels poets to chose precise words to express their ideas or emotions. These carefully chosen words add a rich vocabulary to children's understanding of the world.

You Can't Live Without It

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

Salt worksWhile we live in a world of low-salt diets and monitoring our sodium intake, for much of recent human history, people have been desperate to include more salt in their diet.

In the book Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky, he covers the very central role that salt has played in human development. Humans require salt to live. Our cells won't work without it. The average human eating red meat on a regular basis gets enough salt in their diet.