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"Two Parties, One Tux and A Very Short Film About The Grapes of Wrath"

Published on Monday, May 17, 2010

If you’re in high school, you’re probably thinking about the prom since it’s May. Whether you’re planning to go and have a good time or not go and make fun of everyone who goes to it, it’s a big event. Just ask Mitchell Wells, in Two Parties, One Tux and A Very Short Film About The Grapes of Wrath.

Published on Friday, May 14, 2010

The Children's Book Club (Let's Talk About Books) meets on the first Thursday of every month at 4:00.  On June 3, we will discuss Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.  Read the book and enjoy the fantasy world where Winne Foster discovers the Tuck Family.  Tuck Everlasting.  Tuck Forever.  Would you like to live forever?  Really?  Our book club meetings always involve a book related activity or craft and snacks.  This book club is for ages 8 - 12, but all are welcome.

For Parents and Caregivers

Published on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sign up now!  Slots are filling up for this exciting program which teaches early literacy tips.  Every Saturday for six weeks starting July 10 and ending August 14, 2010, the regular 10:30 storytime at the Northeast Branch Library will be S*T*A*RRING you and your child.  These literacy tips are great for helping your child to be ready to read.  The program will be focusing on children ages 2 to 5. 
Registration is highly recommended.  Email Karen Towles at or Judith Oliver at  Or, call the library at 202-698-3320 and ask for the children's room.  The first 15 families will receive a free book each week.

Published on Friday, May 7, 2010

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, the Tween Club read newspaper and magazine articles. Participants learned how to distinguish between a statement that is fact versus a statement that is an opinion. We also created press books to store our treasured newspaper and magazine articles. For Saturday, June 5, the Tween Club will be reading Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Come Meet Jali-D and Mother Goose

Published on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Join us at the Northeast Branch for our Renovation Celebration Open House and Book Sale.

Come and Meet Jali D, The Drum Talker -

David Foreman, aka ‘Jali-D,’ is an accomplished percussionist and spoken word artist who simultaneously combines his talents into an art form he calls “Rappercussions.” His intelligent and creative rhymes have entertained and educated both children and adults nationwide. Along with his work in schools, Jali-D has recorded an educational music CD called “Mind Rhymes,” and has written a score for an FDA/Cartoon Network health campaign.

We expect a special visit from “Mother Goose” who will delight the little ones with her stories and antics.

Where: Northeast Branch, 330 7th St., N.E. 20002 – (202) 698-3320

When: May 15, 2010 - 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Horns" by Joe Hill

Published on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

HornsIf you, like many of us, enjoy dark horror and fantasy, you are in for a real treat.  Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son) is gaining on his father’s reputation as a premier writer in the horror/fantasy genre. Proof is in his latest book Horns, his second after Heart-Shaped Box.

Published on Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Pick

By Karen Towles

Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

If you did not get a chance to see Mother Goose at the opening of the New Benning Neighborhood Library, don’t fret; she will be making an appearance at Northeast Library on May 1. This visit will be during the ever popular family program, “Music and Movement,” which takes place every first Saturday at 10 a.m. Rhymes, like music, facilitate the development of a child’s phonological awareness. What better way to start developing reading readiness skills than with Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

May 1 was designated as Mother Goose Day. Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature. The day is now listed in many calendars of events and celebrated throughout the United States. It has a particular appeal to kindergarten, primary grades and libraries.

"This Book is Overdue!"

Published on Friday, April 9, 2010

This Book Is Overdue!Is your mind boggled by too much information coming at you? Are you pulling out your hair over the latest technological gizmo? Well, if that is the case, make way for the librarians! Author Marilyn Johnson’s new book This Book is Overdue! is a humorous and topical series of vignettes that show the way modern (and sometimes quirky) librarians play a vital role in their communities.

"Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe

Published on Friday, April 9, 2010

The NorthEast Book Club: The book up discussion was Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Everyone
appreciated the innovative structure and plot of Things Fall Apart, though some were disappointed
that Okonkwo, the main character, is destroyed, and brings ruin on others. The group spent some time
discussing what might have happened to the town of Umuofia if Okonkwo had not gone on exile, and also
about how hard it is to reinvent yourself when you move to a new town. It was a very thrilling book to
read which lead to some interesting chats in our group.