Neighborhood Library

by Brandon Digwood

Published on Friday, April 9, 2010

The good thing about working in a library is that you often find gems on the shelves.  One such example is the award-winning book reviewed below, Marcelo in the Real World:

Published on Thursday, April 8, 2010

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, from 4 until 5 p.m., the Children's Room Book Club will be discussing Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. This is a wonderful novel about a Mexican family which has to leave Mexico.  They travel to California to start a new life.  May is the month for Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrated by both Mexicans and Mexican Americans.  Read the book and join us for discussion, snacks, and a craft activity.  This book club is intended for ages 8 - 12, but all are welcome, especially family members of book clubbers.  This book club meets on the first Thursday of every month at 4:00.

Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hello, Tween Club participants.  Here is a book preview of the book will be discussing at the Tween Club this upcoming Saturday, April 3:

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks' Bronzeville Boys and Girls, written in 1956, is a collection of 34 short poems about children living in the Chicago urban neighborhood called Bronzeville. Each poem contains the name of a child, either as the subject of the poem, or as the narrator. These poems are timeless. Every reader will be able to identify with the experiences that the poems convey.

by Brandon Digwood

Published on Friday, March 19, 2010

I can’t seem to find anyone at the local middle schools doing a theme for reading this month, except for reader’s choice. With that in mind, I would like to review one of my favorite books that I’ve read recently, Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Published on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Do you want to laugh?  Of course you want to laugh.
If you read the poems in Shel Silverstein's A Light in
the Attic
, you just might laugh out loud.  The book
club that meets the first Thursday of each month will
be discussing A Light in the Attic Thursday, April 1 at
4:00 in the afternoon.  We will have a book related
activity and snacks.  The program is for children ages
8 - 12, but all are welcome.  April is National Poetry Month.

Published on Saturday, February 27, 2010

Every 1st Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m., Northeast Library has a Music and Movement program for ages 1 month to 5 years. Do you know that joyful singing and rhythmic rhyming is part of “Phonological Awareness,” which is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words?  Do you know that music along with movement helps with motor skills, coordination, following directions, and social skills?  All of this free at your neighborhood branch!

by Brandon Digwood

Published on Monday, February 15, 2010

Day of TearsIf you’re looking for a book that covers black history, biography and drama, then look no further than Day of Tears by the renowned author Julius Lester.  If you want to know more, read the review below:

Published on Saturday, February 13, 2010

Come to the Northeast Branch Library Children's Room, March 4, 2010, at 4 p.m.   We will talk about The New Policeman by Kate Thompson.  This book has won three awards: The Guardian Children's Book Prize, the Whitbread Children's Book Award, and the Dublin Airport Authority Children's Book of the Year Award for 2005. 

Yes, this book is all Irish -- a great read for Irish-American Heritage Month (March).  Don't let the title put you off.  Things are not always what they seem.  Spend some time with the fantasy in J.J. Liddy's world.  On the book club date, there will be snacks and a book-related activity.  Although this is intended for ages 8 - 12, all are welcome.

Published on Saturday, January 30, 2010

Come one, come all and join the Tween Club, ages 8-12, in the Children’s Room at Northeast Branch Library!  The club meets the first Saturday of every month at 4 p.m., starting in February.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Carroll Johnson at 202-698-3299.

Below is a listing of the activities taking place during each meeting of the Tween Club:

February 6
Bring:  Your latest, favorite book
Prepare:  A review
Together:  We will hear your review of the book.

March 6 
Read:  The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan 
Investigate:  The movie version
Together: We will discuss the differences between book and movie version.

Published on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

You are invited to join the Northeast Book Club. The club is a literature program involving readers all enjoying
the same book and discussing it as a group.

Some of the desired goals are an appreciation of fine literature, the
development of broadened areas of reading interest, and an improvement
of reading skills through sharing ideas with others in the group. The
group will meet at the Northeast Library in the Children’s Division meeting room from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Monday of every month.