West End
Interim Library

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.

'Into the Wild' by Jon Krakauer

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

"into the Wild" book coversThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. 

Published on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Print Awareness: Includes noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow the written word on the page.

Why Is It Important?
Children have to be aware of words before they can read them. Children need to know how a book works, which page is the beginning and end, what is right-side up and how the English language is read, left to right. When kids are comfortable with the mechanics of the physical package of a book, they can focus on the decoding process of reading. 

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?
• Read board books that your child can handle on their own; let them turn the pages as you read together.
• Sometimes point to the words as you read.
• Talk about print, even when you are not reading together. Look for letters and words on signs and labels and lists.
• Point to the words in a book as you read.  The child needs to understand that you are reading the words and not the pictures. 
• Use rebus books, which use a picture in place of a word, so the kids can follow along while you read the words. This reinforces the direction text is read, demonstrates how text represents an object and engages them in the reading process. 

Books We Read:

"Ha ha can lead to aha!"--Arthur Koestler

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Picture of laughter yoga sessionCertified Professional Life Coach and Yoga Leader Diane Cohen will conduct a session on laughter yoga to be held in the large meeting room Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

"Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Image of Frankenstein monster holding an innocent childThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Frankenstein, the gripping, spine-chilling classic by Mary Shelley. 

It is often seen as both the first modern horror novel and the first science fiction novel.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  Please join us.

Fun Fall Activities

Published on Thursday, September 27, 2012

virginia apple orchard   apple pickingapples

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Print Motivation: Includes being interested in and enjoying books.

Why is it important?
Kids who enjoy books and reading will be motivated to be read to as well as learn to read themselves.  Motivation is key because learning to read is hard work!

Kids that have negative associations with reading are less motivated to read. 

It is important we make sure our children start to read and listen to books and stories from Day One so they have a good time with reading. 

What can you do to help build this skill?

'Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation'

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Head shot of meditation facilitator William SmithIn this fast-paced, stressful world we live in, is there a way we can decompress, regain our center, and experience the peace we seek?

To find relief from a shifting world, we need to learn how to access that personal haven within each of us, where we will find calm, peace, and even bliss.  William Smith, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, camp director for an international children's meditation camp and acknowledged leader in building teams, now brings us a workshop on understanding our own selves.

L Street NW between 17th and 25th Street NW

Published on Monday, September 24, 2012

The District Department of Transportation will begin a Sidewalk Repair project on L Street NW, between 17th and 25th streets NW on or about Monday, Sept. 24.  The length of the project is approximately four weeks, weather permitting.  All work will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The work will involve upgrading of wheelchair ramps, repairs of concrete sidewalks and repairs of curbs and gutters within the project limits. 

Throughout construction, access to businesses along L Street NW will be maintained.  One lane of traffic will also be maintained along the construction project.  "No Parking" signs will be posted 72 hours prior to construction in the area. 

The West End Library has a small parking lot adjacent to the property off L Street NW. To use the library facilities, you may park in the parking lot.