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Published on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

On Monday, August 16, we will celebrate the end of the summer reading program.  We will play book bingo and share favorite book titles.  There will be prizes and refreshments. 

I challenge young readers to bring a decorated (or not) piece of paper explaining their favorite book this summer.  Offerings will be displayed in the children's area to encourage others to read the same book. 

"Crazy Lady" by Jane Leslie Conly

Published on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Come Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on September 9, 2010 for the ages 8 - 12 book club meeting.  We will be discussing Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly.  This is realistic fiction at its best.  Real situations and real people without any sugar-coating.  Ms. Conly has written a book that has been simultaneously banned by Texas schools and recommended for reading especially by young men in other parts of the country.  The setting is the Tenley Heights neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, but it could be set in any city or town across America.  It is a book about friendship and loss, and growing up.  It was published in 1993 and named a Newbery Honor book in 1994.  The content is still relevant today. 

Published on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Meet the four Garcia sisters __ Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofia.  They are uprooted
from their family home in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York City in 1960.
Much to their parents' dismay the sisters begin to immerse themselves into American
culture by ironing their hair, forgetting their Spanish and meeting boys unchaperoned.

Join us at the Northeast Neighborhood Library to discuss the book, How the Garcia Girls
Lost Their Accents
by Julia Alvarez, Monday, August 23, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Adult Book Club meets every fourth Monday of the month from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Published on Thursday, August 5, 2010

If you have not taken advantage of the S*T*A*R training, it is not too late. This Saturday at 10:30 a.m. will be the fifth in a series of six workshops. During this S*T*A*R training, we will sing, talk and read our way through a new literacy skill,  letter knowledge. This program is for stars: parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children ages 2 to 5 years. All stars in attendance will receive a "special star" to remind you what a star you really are to the children in your life.
 
We are not teaching how to read, but the skills that children need prior to reading. Research shows that there are six skills needed to become a successful reader.Join me, as we explore letter knowledge this Saturday, August 7, at 10:30 a.m.. I have a new book for you, too!

If you have any questions please call the children's room at 202-698-3299.

Published on Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meet Sofia, Sandra, Yolanda, and Carla.  They are the Garcia girls.  Each girl has her own distinctive personality.  Come to the Northeast Branch Library Adult Book Club meeting August 23, 2010 and discuss the book How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez.  The book club meets every fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

"Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits"

Published on Thursday, July 29, 2010

Drip, drop.  Drip, drop.  Thirsty yet? We could probably all use something nice and cold to drink to cool off in this heat.  But if that’s not in reach, why not try reading Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson?  It’s a great short story collection that will submerge you in some of the best teen fantasy anyone has ever read.  If you want to find out more, read on.

Published on Monday, July 12, 2010

On Thursday, August 5, 2010, the children's book club at the Northeast Branch Library will be discussing The Black Stallion by Walter Farley.  This is a wonderful adventure story about a teenage boy who goes to India to visit an uncle, boards a ship to return home to New York, and gets stranded on a deserted island with a wild horse. 

Read the book to find out how he makes it home again and persuades his parents to keep the horse.

The Bone Series by Jeff Smith

Published on Friday, July 9, 2010

For a change of pace, this week’s book review is about a graphic novel series. If you’re a fantasy fan, or if you’ve ever thought about reading a graphic novel, then the best place to start is the Bone series by Jeff Smith. 

Fone Bone, a strange white-colored creature with a big nose, has just been run out of Boneville, along with his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone.  It’s all thanks to one of Phoney’s rotten schemes to get elected mayor. 

Published on Thursday, July 8, 2010

Star training starts this Saturday.  First in a series of six sessions where we will Sing Talk And Read our way into a new literacy skill every week. This program is for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children ages 2 to 5 years.  We are not teaching how to read, but the skills that children need prior to reading. Research shows that there are 6 skills needed to become a successful reader.

If you already registered you have received your reminder call.  If not please bring the family and join me, as we explore phonological awareness this Saturday July, 10th at 10:30am. I have a new book for you too!

If you have any questions please call Karen Towles or Judith Oliver in the Children's Room 698-3299.

Published on Saturday, June 26, 2010

This year, the library’s summer reading programs are all about water, whether making a splash or making waves. In keeping with that theme, Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher is a book in which just about everything washes up, from a one-legged swimmer to a kid with a bone to pick and a heart of gold to boot. Read on to find out more.

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