Staff Picks

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.

Reader's Theatre

Featuring 'Ladybug Girl'

Calling all readers!

Poetry Reading and Discussion with Garrett Phelan

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Southeast!

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!

'The Knife of Never Letting Go'

Book One in the "Walking Chaos" Trilogy

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, 

Sunday Funday

On 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.

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