Staff Picks

Celebrate poetry with Northeast Neighborhood Library!

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

Poetry is as old as spoken language itself, and its many forms are as diverse as its practitioners throughout history. Even today, there are tens of thousands of working, published poets in the United States alone, not to mention the many thousands more who simply write for the pleasure of creating works of art with no intention to publish.

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Seuss and his wild, catchy rhymes. Many of us grew up reading Shel Silverstein and his beautiful verse depicting serious and silly themes alike. Perhaps you can remember the horror of having to recite a memorized sonnet in front of your eighth grade Language Arts class. And of course, all of us have experienced the most famous poet of all, William Shakespeare.

My first poetry books

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014

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

Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up 5 of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as poetry month, we are highlighting five great first poetry books.

Poems are a great choice for little ones for many reasons. First, poetry is great match for the short attention spans that babies start off with. Poetry, especially rhymes and nursery rhymes,  plays with language in a fun and silly way that children enjoy. Moreover, the condensed format of poetry compels poets to chose precise words to express their ideas or emotions. These carefully chosen words add a rich vocabulary to children's understanding of the world.

Spotlight on Author/Illustrator

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014

Photo of Laura Vaccaro SeegerLaura Vaccaro Seeger rocks!
 
We will celebrate her artistry during our Saturday, April 5 Family Story Time.
 
Here are some Laura Vaccaro Seeger stories to share with your child

Curl up, get cozy, and read!

The Benefits of a Participatory Storytime

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In August 2013, librarian Nell Colburn wrote in her School Library Journal article, "Secrets of Storytime: 10 Tips for Great Sessions from a 40-Year Pro," "The best story times are those in which adults are fully engaged -- shaking out their wiggles, clapping, singing, dancing, and encouraging kids as they interact with the books."

When adults participate in a story time, children are more likely to join in, making funny faces, meowing like cats, or stomping around the room.

Two story time classics in the DC Public Library catalog encourage readers of all ages to become involved in the story, often with hilarious results. 

Featuring 'Miss Nelson is Missing!'

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DC Public Library Catalogue Link to "Miss Nelson is Missing!" bookCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, April 7 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

Book Recommendations

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April is National Poetry Month. I often use this month to help remind myself how beautiful a poem can be, and I want to highlight some of my favorites.

Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

Information Services at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is staffed by 12 info-savvy, book-hungry librarians. Each month, we'll share a few of our current staff reads. For the full list, visit the display in Room 209 at MLK. 

April is National Poetry Month

Published on Sunday, March 30, 2014

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library by creating your own acrostic poems. Learn about different types of poetry and create your own!

The fun will take place on Tuesday, April 1 at 4 p.m. in the Children's Room programming area on the second floor. 

All children and their families are welcomed to participate.  

Be sure to stop by early and check out some of these great poetry books!

Spotlight on Author/Illustrator

Published on Saturday, March 29, 2014

Valeri Gorbachev self-portraitValeri Gorbachev rocks!

Our Saturday, March 22 Family Story Time was dedicated to stories written and drawn by Valeri Gorbachev.

And... because it was such a lovely, sunny afternoon... we held our program outside!

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

This weekend, enjoy some children's classics that are just as fun to re-read--or perhaps discover for the first time.

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