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Chapter Books

Published on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring is here, and with it comes a fresh crop of children's books! 

We've been receiving lots of new titles in the mail lately, so be sure to check our new book shelf for the very latest. Here are just a few of the intriguing chapter books that have crossed our desk lately.

Cover is orange, showing a silhouette of a boy and girl in two different landscapes, facing each otherSame Sun Here, by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Beyond Newbery and Caldecott, Part II

Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March is Women's History Month--a great time to introduce another of our American Library Association (ALA) awards, the Amelia Bloomer List.  The list debuted in 2002, partially inspired by the 2000 publication of You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!, a picture book biography that introduced young readers to Amelia Bloomer, the turn-of-the-century pioneer of less restrictive clothing for women.

The list recognizes fiction and nonfiction at three different levels: young readers, middle readers and young adult. The members of the committee look for positive portraits of strong women and girls, excellent writing and child/teen appeal. 

Here are a few of the 2012 titles for each level that can be found at DC Public Library:

Young Readers

Published on Friday, March 16, 2012

Gigged by Heath GibsonWith the mild winter we have had this year and warm weather promising summer just around the corner, the minds of many teens might be turning to thoughts of college. Others might be thinking about getting a job, or of joining the Armed Forces. If the last option is something you’re considering, then Gigged, by Heath Gibson might be a read for you.  Read the review below to find out more. 

Published on Thursday, March 15, 2012

April is National Poetry Month.  I chose a novel written in verse for the Children's Book Club in April. On Tuesday, April 3, at 4 p.m., Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Laiwe will discuss the book Inside Out & Back Again  by Thanhha Lai. 

Look at the last two letters of the author's first name.  Ha is the main character of this wonderful book about leaving behind everything you know and starting a new life. This book is based on the experiences the author had leaving wartime Vietnam at age 10 and relocating to Alabama. 

Published on Thursday, March 8, 2012

This year’s Teen Tech Week theme, Geek Out @ Your Library, has inspired a great new project at Northeast Library. To celebrate the theme, the teens and tweens at Northeast are reviewing their favorite online games and websites, and I am passing on their reviews here on the blog. 

Our first review comes from a tween named Knowledge.  Read on to find out about an interesting online game from Battle On Games.

Name of Game: Epic Duel


Game Type: MMORPG

Do you need to download software to play?: No

What I Like: You can play against other players in the world. Also, you can buy weapons, pets, vehicles and other gear. You can befriend other people.

March Selection

Published on Saturday, March 3, 2012

Where the Mountain Meets the MoonThe March Children's Room book club meets Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 4 p.m. We will discuss the book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. This is a beautiful book physically and in readability.  ll the best stuff of fairy tales are found in the book: poor children, rich kings, dragons, jewels, silk, mountains, rivers and bridges. The story is interwoven with 15 little fairy tales which offer explanations. Intended for ages 8 - 12, but all are welcome.

Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012

Finally, spring is just around the corner, so it’s definitely time for some sort of celebration!!! Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

March 1 – Plan A Solo Vacation Day  
March 1 – Refired, Not Retired Day
March 1 – World Compliment Day
March 2 – NEA’s Read Across America Day
March 3 – Bonza Bottler Day

Connect With Coretta Scott King Award Winners

Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Many parents, teachers and others who work with children (or simply love children's books) pay attention each January for the announcement of the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished writing for children and the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished illustration. Kids across America recognize those shiny stickers and know what they mean -- some even participate in "Mock Newbery" and "Mock Caldecott" discussions or join Newbery and Caldecott book clubs.

However, many people (adults and children alike) do not realize that the American Library Association (ALA) gives out several other awards for distinction in different areas of children's literature. In this space, we'll be highlighting several of these award winners in our library collection.

First is the Coretta Scott King Award. 

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A picture of an African-American man with both hands raised, in front of some art. Join us for a special Black History Month program for ages 6 and up. 

We'll learn about African-American sculptors such as Tyree Guyton, the Detroit artist who turned his Heidelberg Street neighborhood into a gigantic art piece, using found materials that other people considered to be junk.

After our stories, such as Magic Trash, we'll work to create a found materials sculpture of our own in his honor.

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The groundhog might be predicting six more weeks of winter, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate while the snow is falling down around you. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

February 1-29 – Library Lovers Month 
February 2 – Bonza Bottler Day
February 3 – Bubble Gum Day
February 3 – National Wear Red Day


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