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Published on Monday, January 3, 2011

Baby Love book cover     Chef Geoff Tracy

Is there anything more important than a happy, healthy baby?  Start your children on a lifelong love of food by providing them with fresh ingredients through easy-to-make, cost-effective, environmentally conscious and delicious meals. Join us Saturday, January 8, at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of food, demonstration and discussion with Chef Geoff Tracy.

Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dear Santa,

    I know I'm supposed to write you and tell you all about how I've been a good little girl all year. Well, I'm going to skip that part. We both know I've been spending the year eating lots of chocolate pudding and being mean to my sister Cinderella. So I won't even pretend I've been good.

    But that's what I wanted to write you about. You see, I really think you need to look at what it's like for us "bad" children. I think having the word "Ugly" in their name is enough to make anyone act crazy. You need to read a couple of stories from our point of view. Don't believe me? Okay, have you ever read:

Published on Thursday, December 9, 2010

Please join us for a discussion about Honeybees and why they matter. The Speak Easy Salon group will be meeting Wednesday, December 15 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.  The readings are two short articles about the mystery of colony collapse and can be e-mailed to you. Please call Ms. Rosenblatt at 202-282-3139 to make your request.  Also available is the book The Mysterious History of the Honeybee by Hattie Ellis. Copies of the book are at the circulation desk. Enjoy a stimulating discussion, cool teas, pastries, and fruits.

Published on Thursday, December 9, 2010

Express your Holiday Spirit on Thursday, December 16 at 3:30pm. Sing out your joy with seasonal tunes Karaoke and make your own Gingerbread House and craft a Yuletide Necklace. And, let's share real tales of the Holiday Spirit. Holiday Goodies Served.

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.