Brood 2 is Coming!
Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
People are starting to talk about the cicadas coming again to D.C., but what do we really know about about this impending swarmageddon? They say that the bugs come every 17 years, but many of us remember cicadas descending on D.C. more recently than that. So what is the answer?
DCPL's historic newspapers online contains archived copies of the Washington Post. Doing a subject search of cicadas on issues from 17, 34, and 51 years ago reveals this about the insects:
Check out "The Graveyard Book" for May!
Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Published on Monday, April 22, 2013
For anyone looking to enter the job market, change jobs, or find information on occupations of interest, the Southeast Jobseekers Clinic can help. The DC Public Library JobSeekers Website provides additional resources.
Celebrate Poetry Month with a Special Trivia Night!
Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013
When Kim Há’s mother visits a fortuneteller for Vietnamese New Year, he tells her that her family’s lives will “twist inside out.” Naively, 10-year-old Há hopes that this means her hometown of Saigon will not see any fighting from the Vietnam War and perhaps, her missing father of nine years will return. However as fate would have it, the fighting continues to rage on and forces Há’s family to flee for safety. Starting with a fishing boat in Vietnam, to a refugee camp in Guam, to Florida, and ending with their final residence in Alabama, Há's life changes dramatically. Quickly she finds herself trying to learn English, confronting bullies, and forced to eat strange Ameri
Published on Friday, April 19, 2013
Breathing Room is a novel about life in Washington, DC in the late 20th century. When the Southeast Book Club met last month to discuss and critique this book, the group was excited about reading a book with a familiar setting. Club members felt connected to the street names, popular points of interests and public buildings referred to in the book, which connected our readers to the text.
Published on Saturday, April 6, 2013
Join us on Monday, April 8 at 1 p.m. for a screening of the documentary film The Cove.
In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan, behind a wall of barbed wire and "Keep Out” signs, lies a shocking secret. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji engage in an unseen hunt for thousands of dolphins.
Published on Friday, April 5, 2013
With technological advancements of the past few decades, many have predicted the end of the public library. But with the explosion of information on the Internet, the public library as a place will continue to play a vital role in its community.
In fact, the role of the public library to its community today is more vital than ever. The public library remains the only place people can access and obtain information free of charge. We strive to go beyond traditional library services and offer programs that not only promote lifelong reading, but also provide services and resources for building communities.
Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
One of Africa’s most prolific and renowned writers, Chinua Achebe, died on March 22, 2013 at 82 after a brief illness. At the epoch of his career was the publication of his masterpiece, Things Fall Apart in 1958. A novel that was the first of its kind, written by an African about African values, has since become a regular part of the language arts curriculum throughout the continent of Africa and beyond, large in part due to its richness in cultural heritage.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month. Celebrate this American art form with books about the sights, sounds, and people of this musical style. Don't forget to visit the Smithsonian's website for special events all month long.