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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?

Books Read                         

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Published on Thursday, July 15, 2010

Come hear Marilou Donahue--a classical singer, a teacher of voice, and a former host of Artistically Speaking with Marilou Donahue on TV--on using your voice to unlock your personality and win over others.  Learn to project your voice and set it free.  Please join us!

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend

Published on Thursday, July 8, 2010

picture of a dogAshley Hughes, DVM, of Friendship Hospital for Animals and Bonny King-Taylor, owner and operator of Doggy Lama Pet Coaching, will speak on diet, health, safety, training/behavior and other aspects of dog care. 

Learn more about owning a dog and caring for one in the big city.  Hear tips on how to build the best possible relationship with your dog.  Join us Wednesday, July 14, at 7 p.m., and your doggie will love you for it!   

Published on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
By pointing out the words
in the pictures, you help your child develop print awareness. When you
are out and about, be sure to talk about the signs you see around you.


We Read

Published on Thursday, June 17, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Making book sharing times enjoyable times helps to develop your child’s print motivation, enjoyment of books and reading. Research shows that children who have had enjoyable experiences around books are more likely to stick with learning to read, when that time comes.

Books We Read

Bugtown Boogie by Warren Hanson
The Boy Who Cried Wolf retold by B.G. Hennessy

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
This simple story has signs that support the early literacy skill called print awareness, helping your child understand that print has meaning. As you go around your day, point out signs to your children. When your children notice logos on gas stations, stores or restaurants, this is the beginning of print awareness.

Books We Read

The Marvelous ToyThe Marvelous Toy by Tom Paxton

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Early Literacy Tip:
Naming the letters and pointing to them is a first step to developing your child’s letter knowledge, one of the six early literacy skills. Remember to keep it enjoyable and stop when your child has had enough. No need to quiz your child on the letters, just expose them to the letters.

Books We Read:

The Deep Blue Sea: A Book of Colors
by Audrey Wood

by Jakki Wood

By Audrey Wood

Songs We Sang:

Wheels on the Bus on the Toddler Favorites CD
Where is Thumbkin? on the Toddler Favorites CD
Birthday Song on Birthday Songs CD

Parachuette time

Shaman on His New Book About the World Bank

Published on Thursday, June 10, 2010

David Shaman      The World Bank Unveiled

David Shaman will present a talk on The World Bank Unveiled: Inside the Revolutionary Struggle for Transparency on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room.  

Published on Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Music and Movement program is cancelled permanently.

Sorry for the inconvenience