Staff Picks

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This story starts off quickly and the pace maintains a rapid speed straight through until the end leaving the reader breathless and wanting more. Marissa Meyer's writing style is concise and smooth, giving us just enough description without bogging us down and thus keeping the reader engaged and unwilling to put this one down.Cress
 
I was immediately drawn in to Cress's world, her joys, and her fears from the first page. None of the characters in this series are perfect, and Cress is no different. I would say, however, that all the characters are perfectly flawed and I wouldn't change a thing about them. They are all consistent and I felt that they reacted as they should if they weren't just in a storybook world. I loved Crescent moon! Cress is simply an adorable character: very innocent, very naive and also incredibly brilliant. To top it off she is a true romantic at heart, which is a great combination. And then there is Thorne “Captain.” I'll admit that he irritated me a bit at first, but then little by little his true colors came out and I was quite captivated and charmed in spite of myself.

The plot moves much further along in Cress and we even get a little bit of a tease for he Lunar Chronicles Book 4 - Winter at the end. I can't wait to see how this tale plays out, can't wait to get to know Winter, and can't wait to see more of Scarlet and Wolf (my personal favorites). If you've enjoyed this series thus far, I guarantee that Cress delivers. You won't regret picking it up.

Jackie Mikolaski
Library Associate

Staff recommendation

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mark Twain in Washington, DC coverIn February 1854, while visiting various cities, a teenaged Samuel Clemens filed his first newspaper report from Washington, D.C.  In 1867, he returned to Washington as Mark Twain. It is this period of Twain's life that is the subject of Mark Twain in Washington, D.C. by local author John Muller.

Featuring 'Ladybug Girl'

Published on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Ladybug Girl" bookCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, April 28 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Southeast!

Published on Monday, April 21, 2014

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!

Book One in the "Walking Chaos" Trilogy

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Imagine the horror of every innermost thought being heard by everyone around you. For Todd, it's the only way of life he's ever known. He hears the constant noise of the other men in Prentisstown, horrible angry Noise, 

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Gruffalo ClipartOn April 13, our 2 p.m. Family Funday Sunday featured that creature with terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws. You know the one – with knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. That fella whose eyes are orange, whose tongue is black, and who has those purple prickles all over his back!

Oh, yeah… It was all about him!

Here are more Gruffalo stories to read and watch.


Five fun tunes

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Welcome to the new Northeast Library blog series, called Your Friday Five!

Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, we are highlighting five fun tunes you can find on Freegal!

If you're anything like me, you go on serious music kicks where you only listen to a particular genre for a while. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I just can't get enough of it! Lately I've been listening to a lot of folk, folk rock and alternative rock. Here are the top five songs on my iPod's Recently Played playlist. 

Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Edition

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

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.

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy National Library Week! April 17 is "Support Teen Literature Day," which, in the words of the American Library Association (ALA), raises "awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens."

What sets young adult (YA) books apart from adult books? According to the ALA, YA books

Jazz for the Young

Published on Friday, April 11, 2014

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month, we are highlighting five great jazz books for youth.

Music and singing are an easy and enjoyable way to involve children in language. It helps children learn and remember new words and to hear the smaller sounds in words. Strong vocabularies and being able to hear the syllables in words are critical to helping children be ready to learn to read.

Please enjoy these titles as you explore the world of Jazz!

A Spring Break event for kids on Monday, April 14 at 3 p.m.

Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Palindromania!  by Jon Agee

What do these phrases have in common?

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