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Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Get Free Homework HelpIt’s time to go back to school and back to your library!

On the first day that DC public schools were in session, a flood of kids in identical polo shirts came through our doors at 3:30 p.m. sharp.  Some of them had been killing time with us this summer; others only darken our doors between September and May. While I’m having trouble admitting that summer is over, it was good to welcome back the familiar faces and the start of a fresh school year! 

As we all ease into the fall semester, remember your DC Public Library staff is here to help you with your homework needs:

It's already August, but it's not too late for a summer getaway!

Published on Friday, August 23, 2013

We travel for fun, adventure, relaxation, and to escape our routine. Some people enjoy travelling to places they've never been before, while others prefer their annual trek to the same place they've been vacationing for years. Some prefer the hustle and bustle of cities, while others prefer the solitude of beaches, mountains, or forests. Wherever you go and however you get there, a good vacation read is part of any enjoyable trip! For some of us, catching up on our reading is what vacation is all about!

What are your favorite books to read when in a foreign country? Or while lying on a beach?

What's the best book to read (or listen to!) when road-tripping across the country?

And what makes a novel a good vacation novel? Is it light-hearted and funny? Is it about adventure and travel? Is it an undertaking you've been putting off?

A new novelist makes his debut

Published on Friday, August 16, 2013

If I hadn't been drawn by the beauty of this book's cover, I would have missed out on a unique and daring read. 
Mario Alberto Zambrano debuts with Loteriaan unfamiliar take for a novel. Zambrano's creative use of a deck of loteria cards - which can be best explained as Mexican Bingo - helps unfold the dark journey which has led the-11 year-old protagonist to her current situation as a ward of the state of Texas. 

Published on Thursday, August 15, 2013
Global Issues in Context

We may not want to admit it, but school is just about to start. That means getting into the routine of doing homework assignments again!

One database I always recommend to teens who are doing reports is Gale Global Issues in Context. This is a great resource for students because it lists sources by type in their search results. 

Published on Friday, August 2, 2013

TransAtlantic coverColum McCann's latest novel, TransAtlantic, is the story of journeys across the Atlantic Ocean, from North America to Ireland, spanning 150 years. Much like in Let the Great World Spin, McCann uses a common thread--in this case, transatlantic voyages and a family of women-- to tie many unique stories together. 

Child-Parent Book Club

Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One and Only IvanThe Child-Parent Book Club will be meeting Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Newbery Award-winning book The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Join us for a book discussion, reader's theater and other activities for children in grades 2-6 and their parents concerning the newest Newbery winner.

Published on Monday, July 29, 2013

Blue Sky puppeteer and 3 pig puppetsOne of our most popular performers is back on Tuesday, July, 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Blue Sky Puppet Theater will be performing a special show, "The Time Capsule," designed specifically for DC Public Libraries and the "Dig into Reading" Summer Reading Program. 

Remember to bring along your summer reading logs and report your activities completed or your time spent reading to pick up your prizes.

Recommended for ages 3-12.

Published on Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer reading logo: "Dig into Reading"The weather has finally gotten hot, hot, hot, and it's time for a summer vacation! So grab your beach read or your audio book for the car trip and rack up those reading hours for the whole family, because we’ve only got one month left of summer reading. Don't worry if you haven’t signed up yet; there’s still time to finish the program.  Adults and children up through age 12 can sign up at their library branch.  Teens can sign up online at www.dclibrary.org/summerreading and choose their home library branch.

Slim Harrison

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Slim Harrison Come celebrate summer and enjoy some American folk music, Wednesday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. Slim Harrison and his handmade jug band is bound to get children up and moving. For ages 5-12.

Be sure to bring along your summer reading passports to pick up prizes for hours read and activities completed.  

Explore E-Readers

Published on Monday, July 15, 2013


Join us on Tuesday, July 16, for a workshop about the latest E-Reader technology and how to connect with what the library has to offer!

We will have a Kindle, Nook, and an iPad available for participants to try out.