Staff Picks

Under the Sea: Live Sea Creatures Coming to Tenley-Friendship Library

Kids, ages 7-13, come learn about aquatic life as professional marine biologist, Andrew Wilson, presents live sea animals. The program, Under the Sea, will showcase various sea creatures and discuss the importance of marine conservation. Have a fun time while exploring how you too can help preserve the marine environment. [Check out these books on oceans an marine life.]

Your Friday Five

Girl Power!

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!

Reader's Theatre

Featuring "Horace and Morris Join the Chorus (but what about Dolores)"

Calling all readers!

Spotlight on Author/Illustrator

Todd Parr

Todd Parr rocks!Our upcoming Saturday Family Story Time at 2 p.m. is dedicated to stories written and drawn by Todd Parr.  

Tea at Two!

A Sunday Family Funday Program

On Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m., we will have a Tea Party for our weekly Family Funday program.Weather permitting, the program will be held outside on library grounds.Here are seven tasty tea stories to share with your child!

Your Friday Five

Books to inspire your next hiking adventure

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!

Making Math Fun Using Art

Math Quilts Workshop with Artist Karen O. Brown

Kids, come join local Artist Karen O. Brown and use your creativity to make art while exploring math and design ideas. [Check out these fun books on math and design.] Using brightly colored card-stock paper, make cool creations that explore math concepts such as patterns, symmetry, shapes, fractions, and even geometry.

Your Friday Five

Lauren's picks for picture books you can sing!

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.

"Cress" by Marissa Meyer

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. 

"Mark Twain in Washington, D.C." by John Muller

Staff recommendation

In 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.

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