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Published on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rick Riordan's smash-hit Percy Jackson series, starring the heroic yet smart-alecky teenage son of the Greek god Poseidon, has tons of fans all over the world.  Maybe your 12-year-old is one of them--or maybe you are!

Book cover of "The Lost Hero"

Many of those fans are counting the days until The Lost Hero (Riordan's newest adventure in the Percy Jackson universe, starring a new generation of heroes) is released on October 12. While you're waiting, check out this list of great reads!

Published on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Banned Books Week September 25- October 2 2010     

Be a reader of banned books

Each year the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and from classrooms. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Ulysses by James Joyce; The Color Purple by Alice Walker and  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller are just a few examples of titles that have been banned or challenged. Check-out the ALA website www.ala.org/  for more examples of banned books.


Published on Monday, September 20, 2010

Washington at Home book coverWashington D.C. summons grand images of national memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, Congress and the White House. Yet within only 68 square miles lies a residential city full of diverse neighborhoods.

Published on Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dr. Anne Ashbaugh          Christophe Casamassima          Magus Magnus
Three writers share their fascination with the culture of Ancient Greece, celebrating its perennial relevance, through vital exploration of some of the greatest names in literature, philosophy and myth.

From Homer (bounced against James Joyce) to Heraclitus of "You can't step into the same river
twice" fame, with Plato's philosophy attendant upon the union of Eros and Psyche, your panelists
offer fresh and exciting modes of access to the root knowledge hidden at the foundation of our
Western civilization. Here you'll discover how the past reaches into the present, and -- just as astonishing -- how the present reaches the past.

Published on Monday, September 13, 2010

The coffee ceremony is a tradition in Ethiopia, an East African country that is home of some of the world's best coffee.  Come see the beans being prepared, breathe in the aroma, and savor free samples.  A narrator in traditional costume will explain the ceremony, as others demonstrate it and serve the brew.  Enjoy coffee as you've never had it before, and learn about Ethiopian culture too.  Please join us and bring your family and friends.

Tuesday, September 21, 12:30 p.m.

Published on Monday, August 30, 2010

Please join us for a discussion of Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road to be held as scheduled in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  Welcome, first-timers and others.  Refreshments will be served.   

Published in 1961, Revolutionary Road received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1962, along with Catch-22 and The Moviegoer.  The New York Times reviewed it as “beautifully crafted . . . a remarkable and deeply troubling book.”  In 2005 the novel was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.

Published on Monday, August 30, 2010

Attention high school students!  The West End Neighborhood Library, located at the corner of  24th and L streets NW, just blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station, is accepting applications for a few volunteer opportunities.  Applicants must be high school students between the ages of 14-18 and be able to commit to 2-5 hours each week for at least 3 months.  Please call Becky or Bill at (202) 724 8707 to schedule an appointment. Library hours are Monday and Wednesday, 1:00p.m – 9:00p.m and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30a.m -5:30p.m.   

For more information about volunteering at the District of Columbia Public Library, please visit us online at www.dclibrary.org/volunteers.

Published on Thursday, August 26, 2010

The West End Library Film Club presents: The Big Sleep
Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us viewing the movie classic The Big Sleep. L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe
(Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case and follows a twisted trail of murderers and
rogues. Based on the book The Big Sleep by legendary mystery author Raymond Chandler.

Published on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mockingjay book coverMove over, J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer and Rick Riordan--the hottest name in teen fiction right now is Suzanne Collins!  Collins is the author of the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy:  The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and the hotly anticipated Mockingjay, which comes out Tuesday, August 24.

Due to a special arrangement with Scholastic, Collins' publisher, DC Public Library will be able to make copies of Mockingjay available starting August 24, the same day as the bookstore release date.  You can reserve a copy online, starting today!

And if you don't know the name Suzanne Collins, start with the The Hunger Games and discover a fast-paced, un-put-downable tale of dystopian adventure, romance and action!

Published on Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Early Literacy Tip

Hush Little BabyHush, little baby, don't say a word, papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
If that mockingbird don't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

This is a book that you can sing or read.  Listen to the rhymes: which words rhyme? 

  • sing, ring
  • brass, glass
  • twirl, Pearl
  • stuck, truck

Singing and rhyming help with phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. 

What else could Papa buy you? Can you make other rhymes?

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