Staff Picks

Books to inspire your next hiking adventure

Published on Friday, May 2, 2014

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!


Math Quilts Workshop with Artist Karen O. Brown

Published on Monday, April 28, 2014

Math Quilts

Lauren's picks for picture books you can sing!

Published on Friday, April 25, 2014

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.


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
 

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, May 5 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. 

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