Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, August 12, 2011

I havOkay For Now by Gary D Schmidte bad news for you.  School is going to start again in just a few days.  But before you start groaning and complaining, the opening to your school year can be nowhere near as bad as the one faced by Doug Swieteck. He starts school saddled with the reputation of being a troublemaker, and he didn’t even do anything!  

Published on Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Join the adult book club in its discussion of Sing You Home by Jody Picoult.  After almost 10 years of marriage and several unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child, Max and Zoe Baxter divorce.  Both begin rebuilding their separate lives until Zoe meets and falls in love with Vanessa. 

Zoe and Vanessa marry and decide to have a baby using embryos from Max and Zoe's fertility treatments.  An emotionally draining court battle for custody of the embryos ensues. 

The author of the book has included an original soundtrack with each song corresponding to specific chapters of the book to enhance the reader's understanding of the story. 

The book club meets on Monday, August 22, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room.

Published on Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer has brought a fresh crop of fiction to the children's room!  The books listed below are just a few of the great titles we've been receiving:

Published on Friday, August 5, 2011

Capitol Police K9 UnitU.S. Capitol Police K9 Technician Timothy Cullen with his dog Oakley.  (Courtesy, U.S. Capitol Police)

Monday, August 15, 2011, the Northeast Branch Library Children's Room is hosting a party to celebrate the ending of the summer reading program at 4 in the afternoon.  The party will begin with a visit from a U.S. Capitol Police working dog.  After we have learned all about working dogs, we will play book bingo, distribute prizes and have refreshments.  We look forward to seeing you.

Published on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Other countries create a special banking holiday on the first Monday in August so that their citizens get a three-day weekend.  But here in the U.S., we get nothing.  (Maybe because everyone’s on vacation?)  Even though most of us don’t have a three-day weekend to look forward to, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate.  Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below.

August 4 – National Underwear Day
August 7 – Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

book cover of Marvel Adventures Thor comic book Right now, superheroes are everywhere! 

With big summer movies like Thor, Green Lantern, Captain America and X-Men: First Class, it seems like you can't go anywhere without seeing characters made famous by Marvel and DC Comics.

And during our summer reading program, kids can learn to create and draw their own original superhero characters.  Tomorrow, Friday, July 22, at 1 p.m., local artist Maryann Pollock will lead a comic book character-drawing workshop with a step-by-step focus on creating superheroes.

Published on Monday, July 18, 2011

On Monday, August 15, at 4 p.m., we will have our wrap-up party for the summer reading program.  Our special guest will be a working dog from the U.S. Capitol Police. 

After we have learned about working dogs, we will play bingo and have refreshments.  Keep reading!

Published on Monday, July 18, 2011

children and adults making handmade books

On Monday, June 20, the Northeast Neighborhood Library hosted Sushmita Mazumdar, a book artist, who shared handmade books with local children and taught them how to make their own.

She displayed pictures of her home country, India, and shared a story about a journey to the Himalayan mountains, where the prayer wheels and prayer flags of the villagers inspired her to design a new book project. 

Afterward, she led the children in creating a simple folded book, and on the inside each child wrote and drew his or her wishes, dreams and hopes for the future. 

Published on Saturday, July 16, 2011

We’re starting to approach the dog days of summer, which means that it’s going to get hotter and hotter. But if you really want to turn up the heat, you should see what’s happening in the Florida swamp in the novel Candor by Pam Bachorz.  In this book, Nia and Oscar are caught in a real scorcher, and if they fail, they’ll be burned up in more ways than one. 

Published on Friday, July 15, 2011

Due to ongoing roof repairs, the second floor children's area of the Northeast Neighborhood Library will remain closed until further notice.