Early Literacy Aside: Singing slows down language so that children can hear the smaller sounds in words. This helps children learn to sound out the words when they learn to read.Nursery Rhyme: Jack and Jill
Please join us for a hunt of facts, figures and more from the library's collections March 10, all day. Follow the clues and win. Have fun, pick your brain and learn something new. Help celebrate Read-In at the library! Prizes go to the top 10 scavengers.
In an effort to attract attention to child hunger in the District, the West End Library will be hosting a food drive from March 10 to 31. Please drop off donations of low sodium canned goods and whole grain dry food at the Hunger Station, conveniently located on the first floor between the Circulation and the Information Desks.
Ride and Sing. I’m a terrible singer. However, when I sing for my daughter or for a story time group, the kids ask me to sing more. Which means: your child will also love your voice when you sing. If you are shy, try singing in a place with some background noise or in the car. You can sing a familiar rhyme such as “Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb, Mary had a little lamb whose fleece is white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went…” As you sing, your child will learn these songs and begin to sing along with you.
My 27-month-old daughter loves to write her name. Yes, it is a series of scribbles; however, she is intent on creating her mark on her art projects, signing thank-you cards, shopping lists and even likes to help me sign my name for my credit card purchases. By bringing reading and writing into everyday life at a very early age, your child, much like mine, will begin to appreciate the value of reading and writing. This skill is one of the early literacy skills known as Print Awareness.This week we read:
The West End Book Club will meet to discussFlowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes on Tuesday, January 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor. Copies are available to pick up at the reference desk.
Please join us for a discussion of Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King to be held on Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor. The talk is the latest in the series on heroic adventure in Western literature, sponsored by the West End Library Friends. The presenter will be Ori Z.
Come speak with experts from the Office of Homeless Services, DC Department of Mental Health, and learn about the city's mental health services for the homeless. The session will take place Thursday, December 8, at 11 a.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor. All are invited.