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!
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.
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!
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!
Join 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!
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.
Join local author Garrett Phelan and the Southeast community in celebrating National Poetry Month on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m.Phelan will read a few of his own poems as well as some of his favorites by other poets. The floor will then be open to the community to read a favorite poem and briefly talk about why it is a favorite.Not sure what your favorite poem is? Check out some of these DC Public Library resources to find out!
April 23 is the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, as well as World Book Night, so it seemed fitting that this Friday Five should show the fascination that Shakespeare and his work still holds for the world today.While the DC Public Library certainly has all of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets in the collection, I wanted to feature more recent non-fiction and fiction books that showcase Shakespeare and his work.