Neighborhood Library

Published on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Early Literacy Tip:
Today we read holiday books that we could sing and play instruments to. Singing, rhyming and repetition are important in developing an awareness of different word sounds.  This helps develop their phonological awareness which is important for later reading skills.

Books We Read:

Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The play "Streetcar Named Desire", by Tennessee Williams, premiered in December, 1947, starring Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the next year.  "Streetcar" was Williams' second critical success, following "The Glass Menagerie", which premiered in 1944-45.  To learn more about Williams and read some of his other writings, come see the display at Palisades Library.

Streetcar Named Desire

Published on Monday, December 6, 2010

I have always been a foodie. 

The first dessert I made by myself was Bananas Foster; I was maybe 8. The crepes were gummy and the sauce runny, but I made it; it was delicious! Since that time I have become infinitely better and thoroughly enjoyed every minute I have spent in the kitchen. It is the place where I go to release my frustrations, to be romantic, to be creative, and to be really at peace. 

When my daughter was born, my husband and I agreed that it was the best and only decision for us to home-make all her food.  It is cheaper, healthier, tastes better and provides more variety for developing taste buds. It was a satisfying way to include her more in our daily lives. 

Some of the most helpful and enjoyable books for making baby food can be found here at the library. Give these titles a try; you won't be disappointed.

Published on Monday, December 6, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Hacer viajes frecuentes a la biblioteca. Lea a su hijo en la biblioteca, así como en su casa.
Tienen libros disponibles en todas partes en la casa y en el coche.

Published on Monday, November 22, 2010

The World Language Story Time has been moved to Wednesday mornings at 11:15am. 
Thank you I look forward to seeing you all there.

Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Baking and toddlers. I know putting those two words together strikes fear into the hearts of many. But it doesn't have to be that way. With the holidays around the corner, baking cookies and other sweet delicacies can be a rewarding experience to have with your child. Plus, homemade treats make wonderful gifts for the holidays. I can still remember shaking a bucket of spiced peanuts with my sister to give to our teachers.

But how to get around the sticky, gooey mess that could be sliding off your kitchen ceiling if you're not careful? Well, there's a book for that. Many of the cooking books in the children's section have step-by-step pictures, and less complicated recipes to try with your children. To get a start, I've compiled a list below of some useful recipe books.

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Please join the discussion for "Twisted" by Laura Halse Anderson on Monday, November 29 at 4pm. It is both a humorous and tragic read about a family who wants more than anything to conform.  Refreshments will be served.

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Please join the conversation on Wednesday, November 17 about climate change and the water crisis. The readings consist of "High Marks for Clean Water", "Get the Salt Out", "The Big Melt" and the "Burden of Thirst" in National Geographic, April 2010. Copies of the articles are at the circulation desk. Refreshments will be served.

Published on Monday, November 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. join the crew, and construct infrastructure with word blocks.

Create and comment poetically about the environment. 

Submit your Water-Country Quiz, and discover the country origin of the sites. Prizes will be awarded and lots of sustainable refreshments served.  

Published on Thursday, November 4, 2010

If you keep a royals calendar, you may be aware that 2010 marks the 501st anniversary of King Henry VIII's ascension to the throne of England.  Henry's marital adventures, and the accompanying political and religious intrigues, are as fascinating now as they were five centuries ago.

The Folger Shakespeare Library currently has an exhibition of King Henry's documents and artifacts on display.  To get into the quincentennial spirit and learn more about Henry, his wives, his children, his friends, his enemies, and his legacy that changed the course of British history, visit the District of Columbia Public Library, and check out some of the following :