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'Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC'

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013

Photo of book cover: Hollywood on the PotomacPlease join the West End Library Friends, the Foggy Bottom Association and the West End Cinema on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. for a talk by author Mike Canning on Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington DC, “a comprehensive look at the intersection of the capital city and the movies: How Washington, D.C. has been portrayed in American feature films.”

Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Knitting needles and yarnNeed a little help or motivation to complete your special knitting or crochet project? Join our small group of knitters and crocheters at 2:00 p.m. in the small meeting room of the West End Library on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

We accept all ages and no experience is necessary. Just bring your project ideas and supplies and your new friends will be happy to get you started or just share their ideas with you.

Hope to see you soon!

(Photo by Carissa Marie / Flickr)

What's Your Favorite?

Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Image of open bookThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. to discuss individual favorites or recently read works, fiction or nonfiction.

Each person will have 5-10 minutes to speak and share likes/dislikes about any particular title of interest and to recommend it or not. 

Refreshments will be served. 

Possible titles for reading and discussion for the rest of the year also will be discussed.  Please join us! 

'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson

Published on Friday, December 14, 2012

Picture of book cover for "Treasure Island"The West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss the classic novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Copies are available at the reference desk.

Published on Thursday, December 13, 2012

SparkleOn Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., stop by your neighborhood library to watch the newly released film Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston and more of your favorite actors. 

Popcorn will be provided.

Mothers and Sons: "Hamlet"

Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Picture of Hamlet and Gertrude from film versionPlease join us for a discussion of Shakespeare's Hamlet on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor.

The talk is the latest in the series on the topic of mothers and sons in Western literature, sponsored by the West End Library Friends.  The presenter will be Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University.  Refreshments will be served.

Here are 10 questions for thought:

"Into the Wild"

Published on Friday, November 23, 2012

Illustration of moviePlease join us for a screening of Into the Wild to be held Tuesday, November 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor.

Published on Friday, November 9, 2012

PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Includes hearing and playing with the smaller sounds of words and recognizing that words are made up of a number of different sounds.

Why Is It Important?
Children who can hear how words "come apart" into separate sounds will be more successful at "sounding out" words when they start to read.

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?

  • Sing songs. Most break words up into one syllable per note. Reading works with syllables also.
  • Recite rhymes. Rhymes depend upon ending sounds.
  • Play with tongue twisters.
  • Pick a sound for the day. Notice it at the beginning of words and at the end of words. A song game I found online is to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." (Catchy, huh?)

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Word
Twinkle, twinkle little word
What's the new word to be heard?
If I take off the first sound
What new word will now be found?
Take the /sh/ off shout
Now the new word sounds like
_________(out).
 
Twinkle, twinkle little word
What's the new word to be heard?
If I take off the last sound
What new word will now be found?
Take the /er/ off hammer
Now the new word sounds like
______(ham).

What other words can you use? Chair ... phone ...  trash ... The possibilities are endless.
 
Reading Resource is a really great website with lots of reading activities. The "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Word" song came from there.

Books We Read

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

LETTER KNOWLEDGE: includes knowing that letters are different from each other, knowing letter names and sounds, and recognizing letters everywhere.

Why Is It Important?
To read words, children need to understand that a word is made of individual letters in other words a word is the "sum of its parts." 

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?

Early Literacy Skill: Vocabulary

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

VOCABULARY: the stock of words used by or known to a particular people or group of persons.  It also includes understanding the meaning of the words. 

Why Is It Important?
It is much easier to decode the words on a page when it is a word you already know or have heard before.  Children with bigger vocabularies have an easier time when they start to read because they are able to put the content of reading into context. 

Children who understand what they are reading are more motivated to keep reading.

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?
• Talk with children in positive and conversational ways.

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