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Published on Monday, January 11, 2010

Acquire information literacy skills with our free computer classes at the Northeast Public Library. We offer a wide range of hands-on technology training at our branch library.The library offers classes on various computer topics and each class is a 70 minutes, one-time class. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 9 students per class and free. The classes are designed for people with little to no experience using a computer. Classes include Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Microsoft Word and Job Search Methods.

Published on Friday, January 8, 2010
Do you like to draw and paint?  Or write stories and poetry?  Do you want to show your work to the world but you're not sure how to get it out to the public?  Then enter the Creative Expressions Contest at Northeast Library! 
In this contest, anyone ages 10-19 can submit a creative work, be it written work, a picture, or some other form of media, between now and January 16th. Just bring your work and a index card with your name, address and contact information (phone or email) to the library and you are in the contest. Please do not put your name on your work, because we will not be able to enter it into the contest for judging. Your work will be displayed in the library until the end of the month, at which time you may come back to the library to retrieve your work. 

"The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

This year's Newberry and Caldecott Awards (among many others) will be announced in just a few weeks at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Given that, I felt I should highlight some previous winners, and I would like to start with last year's Newberry Award winner, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except for one thing. He was raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. They have kept him safe since he stumbled into the graveyard as a baby, barely escaping from the man who murdered his family. Now, the only way for them to keep him safe is to keep him in the graveyard. However, there are many kinds of trouble a little boy can get into even while in a graveyard, and Bod is sure to encounter them all.

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2009

Make it a New Year's resolution to join a book club at your local library!

Come to the Northeast Branch Library Children's Room on the first Thursday of every month at 4 p.m.  Our first meeting will be January 7, 2010.  We will have snacks and an activity relating to the book: Just Like Martin by Ossie Davis. This book club is intended for readers ages 8 - 12, but all are welcome. 

"Viking Warrior"

Published on Friday, December 18, 2009

If you are looking for more historical fiction to read, I recommend Viking Warrior, the first book in The Strongbow Saga series by Judson Roberts.

Halfdan was born the son of a Viking chieftain and an Irish princess, but has lived all his life as a slave.  When his father Hrorik, near death, returns from an ill-fated raiding voyage, his mother Dedriu bargains for Halfdan's freedom and right to be trained as a Viking warrior - at the cost of her own life.

Now a free man, Halfdan trains under his half-brother Harald, and the two brothers form a bond of respect for each other's abilities. But when the berserker Toke, Hrorik's son by marriage, returns to the estate claiming an inheritance, a cycle of death and violence begins. Halfdan, an ill-tried youth, vows to kill Toke and his entire crew, no matter the consequences.  

"The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing"

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Students, reading any historical fiction this month?

Check out The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, a great piece of historical fiction by M. T. Anderson.

From Chase's Calendar of Events

Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Traditionally, the first shopping day of the holiday shopping season, invariably a Friday, is called Black Friday.  But why was it named "Black" Friday?  Traditionally, retailers were in the "black" (had more profit than debt) by the end of this business day each year. Other ways to celebrate today include Buy Nothing Day, Sinkie Day and National Salesperson Day.  

20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Published on Monday, November 9, 2009

Today mark's the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a 27.9 mile structure which divided the city of Berlin, Germany into Communist East Berlin and Capitalist West Berlin. The structure came to be seen as a symbol of the Cold War, and many people feel its destruction signaled the beginning of the end for this conflict.  For more on the fall of the Berlin Wall and other historical events, consult the History databases of DCPL, which can be found here.

Published on Monday, November 9, 2009

Come join us for the 2nd annual celebration of National Gaming @ Northeast Library.  A tentative schedule of events is listed below:

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Trading Card Games – Tutorials on the Yu-Gi-Oh and
Magic card games and a tournament (pending enough participants)

1:00 – 2:00 PM - Role-Playing Games –
Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Crawl

2:00 – 3:00 PM – Board Games – Pictureka!, Monopoly, Scrabble, Upwords, Sorry and others

3:00 – 4:00 PM - Video Games – Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and Buzz Trivia on Playstation 2

Friends of Northeast Library Hold Annual Event

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Friends of Northeast Library have announced their upcoming used book sale, which will take place on Saturday November 7th, 2009.  The sale will be open at 9:30 to FONEL Sustaining Members contributing $25 or more, and be open to the general public from 10:30 AM until 2:00 PM.  Please contact the library at (202) 698-3320 if you need more information.


The elevator at Northeast Library is temporarily out of order. The children's room, restrooms, and meeting rooms are currently only accessible by stairs. We apologize for the inconvenience.