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Published on Friday, January 11, 2013

The new year has begun and you are a tech savvy professional looking for a job. You're on the run and you have no time to sit at a computer looking for job. Well, jobs come literally to your fingertips with the following apps downloaded to your smartphone, iPad, tablet or iPod.

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013

The following apps are for people who love libraries. If you need help with finding books, a library's location or utility programs that will allow you to read e-books, you have come to the right place. Check out the following apps that you can download in the convenience of your home.

Pepa's Daily Reflections

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pepa contemplates his New Year's ResolutionsWhen I got to work last Wednesday, I said good morning to our library gerbils, Salt and Pepa.

They asked why no one had come to see them the day before. I explained that everyone was at home celebrating New Year’s Day. Salt told me that he had never heard of New Year’s. Pepa wanted to know whether the holiday involved anything in the way of extra snacks for gerbils.

With Some Tips for Beating Holiday Stress

Published on Thursday, December 27, 2012

12 Days of Christmas, Illustrated by Rachel Isadora On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve toddlers toddling,
Eleven people meeting,
Ten teens-a-tweeting,
Nine-year-olds reading,
Eighth graders Googling,
Seven staff-a-shelving,
Six item orders,
Five Story Times!
Four hold requests,
Three school groups,
Two book displays,
and a subject heading from the LC!

Yep. That’s what my twelve days of Christmas looks like. Luckily, most days I absolutely love my job, but I must admit that it can be a bit hectic at times.

When the Naughty Get a Little More Than Coal for Christmas

Published on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Krampus: The Yule LordDC Public Libraries has recently acquired Krampus: The Yule Lord, a beautifully illustrated novel based on the legend of Krampus, the dark lord of Yuletide festivites. We thought we would take this opportunity to give a brief history of this very interesting holiday character.

eBooks, Audio, Video and Music

Published on Monday, December 17, 2012

Woman wearing headphonesEven if you're far away from your DC Public Library this holiday season, you can still use our digital collections to help you with recipes, stories for the children and music to give you the holiday spirit. Our digital collection has a plethora of eBooks, Audiobooks, Video and Musical titles not only for the holidays but for your general listening and reading pleasure. To get started just hover over the Books, Movies and Music tab and then click Downloadable Media.

Published on Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy holidays everyone!  Getting packages delivered to your door is always exciting.  Here at the library it's like Christmas every day, because we get new books in our mail.

It's always fun to rip off the packing tape and peek inside, but it's been especially awesome lately because we have been getting tons of new holiday books.  Here are a few of my recent favorites, kid-tested at story times over the past few weeks:

Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cover of Foundation by Isaac AsimovLast week in the Guardian, economist Paul Krugman discussed the books that were the most influential to him and his life.  Much to my surprise, he cited Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire

The Politics of Charisma

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi speaking to a crowd Aung San Suu Kyi  of Burma/Myanmar, symbol of the nation    

Salt and Pepa on Life, the Library, and What it Means to be a 21st Century Rodent

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

Nearly every morning at Watha T. Daniel Neighborhood Library, you will see small children pour out of story time, toddle up to the children’s desk, and stop dead in their tracks. Once they’ve caught a glimpse of library rock stars, Salt and Pepa, it’s all over. When these two spotlight-loving gerbils decide to turn on the charm, it’s impossible to miss their mesmerized fans laughing, clapping, jumping and squealing in delight. 

As librarians, who generally lack fur and who rarely exercise using revolving wheels, we find these guys can be a tough act to follow. But are we jealous of all the attention they receive? Well, maybe just a little. We decided it was about time to figure out what all the fuss is about. What makes them such a sensation?  What keeps them up at night? What are their hopes and dreams? Some of their answers surprised us, and may surprise you too.