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Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Finally, it’s warmer!!! Barbecues, Memorial Day celebrations and the end of school is just ahead … along with pollen, bee stings and poison ivy.

As you take the good with the bad, check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

May 1 – Keep Kids Alive – Drive 25 Day
May 1 – Mother Goose Day
May 1-31 – National Bike Month
May 2 – Great American Grump Out
May 3- National Day of Reason

'Turtle in Paradise,' by Jennifer Holm

Published on Monday, April 30, 2012

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm"Everyone thinks children are sweet as Necco Wafers, but I've lived long enough to know the truth: Kids are rotten," says Turtle in the opening paragraph of Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm. 

Published on Monday, April 30, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenNow that we’re at the end of April, we only have about two months until school is out.  It’s amazing how time flies, isn’t it?  Since we are approaching a time of endings, I wanted to review a book that’s all about endings but has a great beginning as well.  It’s the latest great book by mega-popular YA author John Green: The Fault In Our Stars.

Published on Friday, April 27, 2012

William SmithJoin us Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. for a fascinating program that could hold the keys to your inner peace.

William Smith, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and a camp director for an international children’s meditation camp, will teach effective strategies for a simple but profound meditation technique that will help remove stress and worry.

The program is free and open to the public.

Published on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Join the discussion of the Northeast Adult Book Club's selected title for April, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  The story describes London, England, as it is emerging from the shadow of World War II. 

Writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island. 

Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

Published on Thursday, March 29, 2012

April showers bring May flowers…April showers bring May flowers… Repeat this 100 times a day, and you may get through this damp excuse for a month. But in the meantime, check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

April 1 – Sorry Charlie Day
April 1 – Library Snapshot Day
April 2 – International Children’s Book Day
April 4 – Bonza Bottler Day
April 4 – National Day of Hope  

Chapter Books

Published on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring is here, and with it comes a fresh crop of children's books! 

We've been receiving lots of new titles in the mail lately, so be sure to check our new book shelf for the very latest. Here are just a few of the intriguing chapter books that have crossed our desk lately.

Cover is orange, showing a silhouette of a boy and girl in two different landscapes, facing each otherSame Sun Here, by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Beyond Newbery and Caldecott, Part II

Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March is Women's History Month--a great time to introduce another of our American Library Association (ALA) awards, the Amelia Bloomer List.  The list debuted in 2002, partially inspired by the 2000 publication of You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!, a picture book biography that introduced young readers to Amelia Bloomer, the turn-of-the-century pioneer of less restrictive clothing for women.

The list recognizes fiction and nonfiction at three different levels: young readers, middle readers and young adult. The members of the committee look for positive portraits of strong women and girls, excellent writing and child/teen appeal. 

Here are a few of the 2012 titles for each level that can be found at DC Public Library:

Young Readers

Published on Friday, March 16, 2012

Gigged by Heath GibsonWith the mild winter we have had this year and warm weather promising summer just around the corner, the minds of many teens might be turning to thoughts of college. Others might be thinking about getting a job, or of joining the Armed Forces. If the last option is something you’re considering, then Gigged, by Heath Gibson might be a read for you.  Read the review below to find out more. 

Published on Thursday, March 15, 2012

April is National Poetry Month.  I chose a novel written in verse for the Children's Book Club in April. On Tuesday, April 3, at 4 p.m., Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Laiwe will discuss the book Inside Out & Back Again  by Thanhha Lai. 

Look at the last two letters of the author's first name.  Ha is the main character of this wonderful book about leaving behind everything you know and starting a new life. This book is based on the experiences the author had leaving wartime Vietnam at age 10 and relocating to Alabama.