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Jackie Robinson: His Life and Legacy

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a star athlete before the Dodgers, or even the Monarchs.  But do you think Jackie Robinson only made a name in baseball?  Think again!   He was also an actor, businessman and author, and he is regarded as a champion for civil rights.  Join us Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the life and legacy of this great man and learn about the Jackie Robinson Society.

Come Decorate a Spring Hat at Southeast

Hats are the thing at Southeast Library!

Recommended Kids' Books for Spring

Spring is here, and isn't it beautiful! Here are some beautiful picture books to help you celebrate:

Celebrate Black History Month

Tuesday Feb. 22nd, 4pm: Black History Month Crafts and Activities for kids 6-12.                              7pm: Black History Art Show and Poetry Reading with AJ Giovanni, for adults.Thursday Feb. 24th, 7pm: Music and Civil Rights since 1968, for adults.

The Washington Chorus Presents Elena Ruehr

Join us at the library for a special opportunity to hear widely acclaimed composer Elena Ruehr, Professor of Music and winner of the Baker Undergraduate Teaching Award at MIT.  Professor Ruehr is dedicated to bringing the arts to students of all ages. 

Save the Date

Thursday, March 3 6:30pm Margaret hollister will discuss growing up in Peking in the 1930s and will read from her new memoir, Inheriting China.  Margaret has been a strong advocate for reading and teh city's libraries for over 40 years.  She re-established the Friends of the Southeast Library in the 1970s.  As a retired social worker, she designed programs to get donated books into public housing and the city jail.  During the 1990, she became affectionately known as "the bathroom lady", attending DC Public Library Board meetings and pleading for the replacemnt of decrepit

Book Club Selections

Nonfiction Book Club (Tuesday, February 15): Literary Life: a Second Memoir by Larry McMurtry Tuesday Fiction Book Club (Tuesday, February 22): House Rules by Jodi Picoult Thursday Fiction Book Club (Thursday February 24th): People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks Copies of each book are available at Southeast Library!  

Fairy Picture Books for Younger Readers

It's sad, but there are not a lot of nice picture books about fairies being published for the younger reader right now. Fortunately, we can turn to older books, which offer us a few delightful possibilities! Absolutely the best picture book to read in one sitting about an actual fairy that I know is A Fairy Went A-Marketing, from the poem by Rose Fyleman (pictures by Jamichael Henterly). The pictures are lovely; the text is brief and charming; and they make a wonderful combination for any fairy lover!

January Book Clubs

Nonfiction Book ClubTuesday January 18thBook:  Travels with Charley by Steinbeck NewTuesday Fiction Book Club NewTuesday January 25th

Book Review

This is the story of Thomas Gradgrind, an educator, wealthy entrepreneur and Member of Parliament and his family in the industrial city of "Coketown," England. As parent and educator, Gradgrind is influenced by his personal philosophy and worldview of rationalism, self-interest and fact. Thomas Gradgrind believes the individual should not engage in fanciful or imaginative pursuits.