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"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.

Published on Thursday, October 8, 2009

If the economy has got you down and you are looking for a good local job site to search, head to This local site has great searches for local jobs in a variety of different professions. And it even has a place to post résumés and cover letters when you apply for jobs directly.

Published on Thursday, October 1, 2009

Graphic novels merge pictures and language to create a new type of book.  Learn more about the writers and illustrators who create these novels with UXL's Graphic Novelists.

Published on Friday, September 25, 2009

Hey Kids (and Parents),

Want to know what the other kids in D.C. are reading? Check out these titles:

For older kids:

  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Ella Enchanted by Tommy O’Haver
  • Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Wayne Wang
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events by Bradley Silberling
  • Megaman NT Warrior by Ryo Takamisaki

For younger kids:

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2009

Whether you are already running a club or thinking about starting one, this website can help you.

Reading group guides are designed to help clubs by offering specific discussion topics and questions for a given book.