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Cherry Blossom Print

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring is finally here, and in D.C. that means one thing: The cherry blossoms are in bloom!

So, in the spirit of the season, please enjoy this tutorial for making your very own cherry blossom print.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The DC Public Library will be open during its regular hours on Thursday, March 7.

Call to sign up today!

Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reading FamilyEarly literacy is not about teaching babies to read, or about teaching young children to read earlier.  Learning to read is difficult for most, and each child learns at their own pace. Rather, early literacy is the sum of the experiences young ones have with verbal and nonverbal communication, books, print and storytelling before they are ready to read. 

Did you know that babies have more synapses in their brains than adults?  The amount grows most rapidly from birth to age 5.  That is why new research shows early literacy is so important in very young children.

Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

Eslanda RobesonEslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson was the wife and business manager of the great musical legend Paul Robeson. She was born in Washington, D.C. in 1896 and attended the University of Illinois and Columbia University. One of her first jobs led her to be the first African American to serve as the head histological chemist of Surgical Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Eslanda married Paul Robeson in 1921 and had their only child, Paul Robeson Jr., in 1927. She would later write her first book in 1930, a biography of her husband, Paul Robeson, Negro.  

Pepa hones his craft

Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

Pepa chewing on poetic inspirationDay 1: Valentine's Day has inspired me to take my writing in a new direction.  Trying my hand at poetry.  Finding this new rhyming dictionary particularly useful.

Day 2: Here’s the poem I composed for Salt:
Roses are red,
violets are blue.
It’s like sweet music to hear you chew.

He tells me it was delicious.

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2013

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

-- from William Shakespeare's Richard III

Image from Black Adder stating "Really Baldrick?  Under a car park?  That was your cunning plan?"

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2013

February is Black History Month or National African American History Month! In celebration of this month, these three apps can be used to share the accomplishments and achievements of Americans of African descent anytime of the year.  Most of these apps can be used on an Android or iOS. One can be used on any smartphone with Internet access.  The best thing is that they all are free. Download and learn something new!

Philosophy Cafe explores The Phaedo

Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cover of the Last Days of Socrates bookThe members of the Philosophy Cafe, a group of lovers of philosophy most of whom live in the Shaw neighborhood, are planning to discuss several Platonic Dialogues during the next few months in a series of meetings every third Monday at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.

Why were these ancient classics of Philosophy selected by the philosophy group is an important question to answer. One has to ask:

A collaborative poem from the hearts and minds of Shaw

Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

MLK Jr. Week DisplayWhen I think of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., I think of vision, of unity, and the spirit of collaboration.  As a librarian, I think of how public libraries possess not only the power to enhance our capacity for creative thought, but to promote a sense of community. I think of how this rare institution represents one of the last remaining havens for public gathering and critical dialogue.

Check Out Our New Pajama Story Time!

Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Happy New Year, friends!  I’d like to invite you to our newest all ages story time, at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Come have your nightly bed time story with other little ones from our neighborhood, and wear your pajamas so we can see how cute you are! (I'm pretty excited to have an excuse to wear pajamas at work.)

I am also excited to sift through our picture book collection and pull out the best books for bed time.  What makes the best bed time books?  The answer: Any book your child is excited to read! But here are a few of my bedtime-themed recommendations to try: