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Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vampires. Werewolves. Fairies. As much as some of us would like to deny it, the paranormal creatures have taken control of teen literature. But these three groups of supernatural creatures aren’t the only ones getting a piece of the action. In this delightful anthology that just came out,  Zombie vs. Unicorn, two popular teen authors bring some other creatures to our attention. If you’re willing to be skewered on a unicorn’s horn or join the zombie army, read the review below.

Published on Thursday, March 3, 2011

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:

Published on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Who needs just one shoe?  Maybe someone magical. The Blue Shoe is a fast read full of various characters good and evil (the subtitle says it all). 

Come Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m. to discuss this whimsical tale. We have the folks of Aplanap and the Aukis of Mount Xexnax to keep us entertained.  If you are interested, there are still copies of the title in the children's room. This book was written by Roderick Townley and features illustrations by Mary GrandPre.

--by Judith Oliver, Children's Librarian

Published on Friday, February 25, 2011

If you've been upstairs recently, you're probably noticed that we've recently received a bunch of new chapter books, picture books, nonfiction titles and biographies.

Here are just a few of our great titles that you might want to check out!

Published on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Join the discussion of The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.  This is the story of Sylvia
Compson, who finds a 150-year-old diary of her ancestor and three
antique quilts mentioned in the diary. 

The diary reveals that Sylvia's
family may have been involved with slavery and the Underground
Railroad.  Follow Sylvia's story as she unravels a family mystery
and her heritage and history.

Published on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A black and white photo exhibit depicting a vibrant African American community in Washington, D. C.  In the 1930's, before Ben's Chili Bowl, there was the National Grill,

Published on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

To celebrate Black History Month, there is a wonderful exhibit at the National Geographic Museum called America I Am: the African American Imprint.  Free tickets for children can be obtained by visiting the library to pick up oversized postcard advertisements.  The free ticket is tied to reading a book.  One adult per child with a postcard can attend at half price ($6.00).  Normally, I do not like to plug events that are not totally free, but this exhibit is exceptional with artifacts covering 500 years of history and gathered from various contributors.  I recommend this exhibit for children ages 8 and above. If the National Geographic Museum is not accessible to you, there is a mini-exhibit at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library.

Published on Friday, February 11, 2011

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, you can smell the romance is in the air. Or is that the scent of magic?  A good place to find the answer will be in the supernatural stories of Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor.  If you would like to learn more about the short stories in this book, please read the review below.

Published on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Welcome to Shelf Treasures, a new feature here on the Northeast Library page!

I will be highlighting children's books on the D.C. Public Library's shelves that I consider "treasures"---great stories that are either out of print, or simply not as well known as I think they should be---with the goal of introducing these titles to a new generation of kids and their parents.

Our first Shelf Treasure, Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes, is a book that has remained vivid in my mind ever since I first read it in middle school. 

Published on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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: