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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!

Published on Thursday, April 8, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day: Thursday, April 22 - 12:00 noon

View the film: An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning
Former Vice President Al Gore presents a compelling story of the future of Earth.                      
Join us in a discussion of the film

Green Resources: Making a difference:

• The Environment Equation: 100 Factors That Can Add To Or Subtract From Your Total Carbon Footprint  by Alex Shimo-Barry with Christopher J. Maron
• Go Green, Live Rich  by David Bach
• Green Chic: Saving The Earth in Style  by Christie Matheson
• The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving The Planet One Simple Step 
   At a Time by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

Published on Friday, April 2, 2010

Starting a vegetable plot in Foggy Bottom?
Growing flowers in a container on your balcony?
Check out these titles at West End Library:

container gardening
Container Gardening: 250 Design Ideas & Step-by-Step Techniques by Carol Kasper & Jen Malack

100 Garden Tips and Timesavers by Walter Chandoha

Published on Thursday, April 1, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Encourage your child to tell about her day—a birthday party or a special trip. Ask questions such as, "What happened first? What happened next? What did it look like? What did you like best?"

Published on Thursday, April 1, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Snuggle with your child using a favorite blanket or toy as you read. It is not only what you read but how you read to a toddler that is  important.

Books We Read