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February Goodreads Book Review

'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story tells the tale of Craig Gilner, a 15-year-old high school student who suffers from anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. While much of the subject material in the novel is quite serious, the whole story is infused with humor, and it is much more amusing than a story about mental illness has any right to be. The novel begins with Craig detailing the few things in life that give him pleasure, as well as the many, many things that cause him anxiety. It seems that nearly everything in his life causes stress. School, girls, his friends, and his parents—they all contribute to Craig’s neuroses that have gotten bad enough that he can barely eat, sleep, or function normally. After a lengthy introduction to Craig’s problems, and one particularly bad night that ends with him calling a suicide hotline, Craig visits the emergency room. 

Rosedale February Book Discussion Group

'The Twelve Tribes of Hattie '

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is another Great Migration Story. 

From the Freegal Files

Celebrate Black History Month with Blues Classics

If you are unfamiliar with Freegal, it is a service provided through the DC Public Library that allows you to download three mp3s per week, which are then yours to keep forever — they do not need to be returned and they will never expire.

Kaleidoscope Craft

On Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., we'll explore the world of art and create our own kaleidoscopes!We'll use overlapping colorful shapes to create dazzling designs. Join us!This activity is for ages 12 and younger.

February Goodreads Book Review

'Moneyball'

Michael Lewis’ Moneyball could easily have turned into a chronicle of statistics and behind-the-scenes tedium, but Lewis manages to create a wonderful blend of stats, action, and character analysis such that the book reads like a thriller, rather than a book about the business of baseball. Moneyball tells the story of the Oakland A’s 2002 baseball season from the point of view of the General Manager, Billy Beane, and the front office staff.Throughout the novel, you find yourself rooting not so much for the Oakland A’s, but for the system employed by Billy Beane and his staff to build the team. Lewis compares the A’s versus Yankees story to that of the Biblical “David and Goliath” throughout the book, and he would be hard pressed to find a more apt comparison; he also brings you into the mentality of an “us versus them” dynamic, and you will have a hard time resisting the urge to root for the little guy.

Nutritional Workshop for Children

Junk food got you feeling tired and lazy? Do you want to eat healthier but don't know where to start?Join us Feb. 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for an interactive and hands-on workshop. We'll learn how to read labels and prepare healthy snacks and meals.This session is for ages 19 and younger, so bring your friends!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!Happy Chinese New Year!

The Story of Esther

Join us on Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

From the Freegal Files

Celebrate Black History Month with Jazz Classics

If you are unfamiliar with Freegal, it is a service provided through the DC Public Library that allows you to download three mp3s per week, which are then yours to keep forever — they do not need to be returned and they will never expire.

February Goodreads Book Group: 'From Page to Screen'

Do you want to join a book group, but don't have the time to attend meetings? Do you like using social media and are looking for a good group to discuss your latest literary indulgence or to learn what others are reading?Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads!

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