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Some of our favorite sci-fi for grades 4-8

Published on Friday, May 23, 2014

A robotic rabbit, an alien race called the Boov and animal-machine hybrids are just a few of the odd creatures you'll encounter in these five smart and engaging sci-fi books. Immerse yourself in bizarre worlds, alternate realities and re-imagined histories!

Improve Your Mood

Published on Friday, May 16, 2014

It's raining and I forgot my umbrella.  The next train doesn't arrive for another 20 minutes.  The motorcade is out again. U St is swarming and keeping me from my favorite Jamaican restaurant!  Again!  There are several opportunities for circumstance to put a damper on our day and I would like to offer a few reading suggestions that are sure to get you up and literally running towards happiness.  

Published on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The weathtulipser is finally warming up and it's the perfect time to have an event in our garden!   Come join us at the Southeast Library for this family friendly event at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.  Light refreshments will be provided. There will be a treasure hunt for kids to start off the event, which will be followed by nature crafts.  

Girl Power!

Published on Friday, May 9, 2014

As a young girl, I loved books with strong female characters.   I admired how these girls defied convention and exhibited courage and strength during tough situations.  As a woman, these traits in real-life figures and in book characters still inspire me.  These Friday Five picks are all about Girl Power!

Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

You may have noticed that we were closed last Tuesday for the library's Staff Day. Though we hate to close the library for any reason, it was a great day of small training sessions and talks and included a little time for socializing among staff. 

Books to inspire your next hiking adventure

Published on Friday, May 2, 2014

Hiking in and around Washington, DC is one of my favorite hobbies on the weekends. Whether it's driving out to Shenadoah National Park for an overnight trip of hiking or walking through the maze of trails in Rock Creek Park, there is a hike for everyone. My reading list contains materials that might provide motivation to get out on the trails, or books that have helped me once on the trail. Check out one of these items out and start your next hiking adventure!

Published on Thursday, May 1, 2014

  David Newcomb PhotoDavid Newcomb, a long-time meditator, will lead this helpful and stimulating workshop for old and new meditators. He will be demonstrating the most natural and effective techniques of meditation, and giving many useful directions for deepening and stabilizing our meditation practices to gain more inner bliss and peace. This program will be a three part series on Wednesday May 7, May 14, and May 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Published on Monday, April 28, 2014

It's the first Friday of the month, and that means it's time for Funny Friday! Come listen to a funny story and do a silly activity in the Southeast program room -- and don't forget to bring your favorite jokes, witticisms, tongue-twisters, puns, zingers, quips, one-liners, and riddles to share!

Published on Friday, April 25, 2014

Teatro de La LunaJoin us at Southeast Library in the program room this Monday, April 28 at 11 a.m. for a children's performance by Teatro de la Luna.  "Chiquititos" or "Itsy-Bitsy," is an interactive, bilingual program for ages 2-5. ¡Vamos a jugar, bailar, cantar, y disfrutar! We're going to play, dance, sing and have fun! Help us celebrate DIA--Diversity in Action--through this cross-cultural performance!

Recommended ages 2-5

Click here for more DIA events at DCPL.

Lauren's picks for picture books you can sing!

Published on Friday, April 25, 2014

Singing is an important practice to engage in with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to build vital pre-reading skills. Among other things, singing slows down language, allowing children time to hear and process sounds and syllables in words.

There are lots of picture books with naturally rhythmic text that you can read to a melody you already know or one you make up; here are just five that are perfect for children ages 0-5 and really lend themselves to singing.