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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

Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

 Manga Shoujo book coverAre you a kid or teenager who loves to draw? Do you know a kid or teenager who loves to draw?

If so, the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian is the place to be the first weekend in April!

On April 3 and 4 at 2 p.m., in honor of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, the Sackler  is celebrating anime and manga (Japanese-style animation and comics). Learn about the roots of anime and manga in the drawings of 19th-century artist Hokusai, and get feedback on your anime drawings

For Talk on Corneille's "The Cid"

Published on Monday, March 29, 2010

Please join us for a talk on Pierre Corneille's The Cid to be held Wednesday,
March 31, 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 third in the discussion series on the theme of love and strife in literature 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 will be as follows:

Published on Thursday, March 25, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Explain to your child the things you are doing as you are doing them. (For example, “Look! I’m answering the phone – let’s see who it is!”) The more you talk with your child, the richer your child's vocabulary will be.

Books We Read

Published on Thursday, March 25, 2010

Early Literacy Tip
Read to your baby often. Children who are read to at least three times a week do better in later development than those who are read to less than three times a week.

Books We Read
Bear of My Heart

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie

Published on Monday, March 15, 2010

 "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"His name is Arnold Spirit Jr., but most people just call him "Junior." He has seizures, a speech impediment, and is a charter member of the Black-Eye-of-the-Month Club.  In other words, he spends a lot of time getting punched in the face by the stronger guys on the reservation.  Fortunately, he has a few things that keep him sane: 

March 9 Toddler Reads

Published on Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Early Literacy Tip:
     Before we learn our letters we must first learn our shapes such as triangle, square, star, rectangle,
     circle, etc.  When reading or engaging your child in the world, talk about the shapes they see.  For a fun
     activity make shapes with your body.