West End
Interim Library

Monday, May 10, 7 p.m.

Published on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Robert Combs, professor of English at George Washington University, will present a talk on Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying in the large meeting room on the 2nd floor.  Refreshments will be served.  Please join us.

Published on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day Book Cover 
Please join us for the scheduled talk on Elie Wiesel's Day (The Accident) to be held Wednesday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor. The talk is fifth in the series on the theme of life and strife in literature and is sponsored by the West End Library Friends. The presenter is Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University. Discussion questions are:

Saturday, May 1

Published on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Civil War ComicWest End Library will be helping to celebrate nationwide Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 1.

Come to the reference desk to pick out your free comic book!

Note: Free comics will be limited to one per person/family, while supplies last. Titles available include: Heroes for Hire, Secret Warrior, Civil War, Thunderbolts, Immortal Iron Fist and more. Not all titles will be appropriate for children.

Published on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring/summer special programs are currently being developed. New projects under works include:

Children's Music and Movement Story Time
Not your traditional story time. Learn how to move your body to the beat as well as gain an appreciation for making and listening to music.

Conversation Circle
Are you new to the English Language? If so, we are developing a conversation circle where you can come and practice speaking English.

Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Keep some books in the toy box.  Having a positive association with books, or print motivation, is one of the skills that researchers have shown is an important part of a strong foundation for your child's reading.

Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
For about 60% of our children learning to read in school is difficult.  If they have a positive experience about books and reading, they will be more likely to keep trying to learn to read when when it is hard.  This is because they have a positive association with books and reading.

Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
When you are reading a book with your child, don't worry about whether you get to finish the book or not.  Engage your child as much as you can, with your voice, by asking questions, talking about the pictures.  When your child loses interest, just set the book down and continue another time.  By following your child's lead, you can help make booksharing a positive experience.  This supports print motivation, a love of books.

Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Having your child say a repeated phrase with you throughout the book keeps him/her involved.  This is one way you support print motivation.

Books We Read

Shape by ShapeShape by Shape by Sue McDonald

Have You Seen Birds? by Joanne Oppenheim

"Women in Love"

Published on Monday, April 19, 2010

Women in Love book cover

Please join us for the scheduled talk on D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love to be held Wednesday, April 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor of the West End Library. The talk is fourth in the series on the theme of love and strife in literature and is supported by the West End Library Friends. The presenter is Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University. Discussion questions are:

"Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde

Published on Sunday, April 18, 2010

Shades of GreyColor is everything in 20-year-old Eddie Russett's world. Everything.  

In a country of the far future known as Chromaticia (but distantly recognizable to the reader as England), a succession of Great Leapbacks has destroyed access to most technology, and a complicated set of rules governs every aspect of life. This has created some unusual problems--for instance, there is a national spoon shortage because no new spoons are allowed to be manufactured!

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