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National Backwards Day is Jan. 31st!

From the wacky to the wild, celebrate in style!

From wacky to wild and from silly to sardonic National Backwards Day is a holiday meant to inspire doing things a little differently. Commonly celebrated on Jan. 31, National Backwards Day aims to have people deviate from the norm. Children often enjoy this holiday in school or other related environments as a chance to participate in wacky events. You too can shake things up a little or step away from the humdrum by trying some of the following activites:   Walk or talk backwards

Painting Badge for Brownies

Painting Badge

Searching For Inspiration

Oh, what to paint…? A Portrait? A Landscape? Still Life, Perhaps?   Deciding what to paint can be a challenge.   Our Bancroft Brownies will search for inspiration to meet the requirements for their Painting Badge (beginning in March).   Here are 14 books that may inspire.

"Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman"

Reader's Theatre

Featuring ‘Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman’

Calling all readers! Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

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YA Dystopian Literature on Display

Take a Bite Out of a Book Other Than The Hunger Games!

This month, D.C. public libraries will be celebrating George Orwell's novel 1984 through a series of programs (from Jan. 18 through Jan.

Painting Badge

Painting Badge

Painting styles and techniques

Bravo to Bancroft Elementary School Brownie Troop #2024 for their hard work and dedication towards earning their “Painting Badge”!  

Sidney Chambers by James Runcie cover

'Sidney Chambers & the Shadow of Death'

New WETA series

England, 1953. Sidney Chambers, a young Anglican vicar, arrives in the English town of Grantchester. At his new parish, Chambers meets Inspector Geordie Keating, and the two work together to solve mysteries.

Zombie Makers book cover

Your Friday Five

Non-boring Nonfiction for Tweens

Let's face it: sometimes informational books, especially those published for kids, can be formulaic or uninspiring in both their packaging and their content.

"Doctor All-Knowing" book

Reader's Theatre

Featuring ‘Doctor All-Knowing'

Calling all readers! Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

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Print Motivation

Early Literacy Tips for Parents and Caretakers of Young Children

Researchers say that there are six skills that are important for children to learn before they are ready to read: Print Motivation Print Awareness Narrative Skills Vocabulary Letter Knowledge Phonological Awareness (Source: Fairfax County Public Library via Saroj Ghoting)

D'Angelo

The Best of Freegal Music

'Black Messiah'

D’Angelo’s new album, Black Messiah, has been released after a 14-year hiatus by the R&B singer, making it his fourth studio album.

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