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Children's Room March Book Club Selection

Who needs just one shoe?  Maybe someone magical. The Blue Shoe is a fast read full of various characters good and evil (the subtitle says it all). 

New Arrivals in the Children's Room

If you've been upstairs recently, you're probably noticed that we've recently received a bunch of new chapter books, picture books, nonfiction titles and biographies. Here are just a few of our great titles that you might want to check out!

Northeast Book Club

Join the discussion of The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.  This is the story of Sylvia Compson, who finds a 150-year-old diary of her ancestor and three antique quilts mentioned in the diary.  The diary reveals that Sylvia's family may have been involved with slavery and the Underground Railroad.  Follow Sylvia's story as she unravels a family mystery and her heritage and history.

Photo Exhibit: African-American Recreation and Amusement in D.C., 1900-1970

A black and white photo exhibit depicting a vibrant African American community in Washington, D. C.  In the 1930's, before Ben's Chili Bowl, there was the National Grill,

Celebrate Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, there is a wonderful exhibit at the National Geographic Museum called America I Am: the African American Imprint.  Free tickets for children can be obtained by visiting the library to pick up oversized postcard advertisements.  The free ticket is tied to reading a book.  One adult per child with a postcard can attend at half price ($6.00).  Normally, I do not like to plug events that are not totally free, but this exhibit is exceptional with artifacts covering 500 years of history and gathered from various contributors.

Teen Book Reviews

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, you can smell the romance is in the air. Or is that the scent of magic?  A good place to find the answer will be in the supernatural stories of Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor.  If you would like to learn more about the short stories in this book, please read the review below.

Erin's Shelf Treasures

Welcome to Shelf Treasures, a new feature here on the Northeast Library page!I will be highlighting children's books on the D.C. Public Library's shelves that I consider "treasures"---great stories that are either out of print, or simply not as well known as I think they should be---with the goal of introducing these titles to a new generation of kids and their parents.

Holidays Off the Beaten Path

The groundhog might be predicting six more weeks of winter, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate while the snow is falling down around you. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

Database Demonstration of Genealogy Electronic Resources

Join us Monday, February 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn how to use databases such as The Washington Post Historic Database, historic Black Newspapers, National Archives and the Social Security Death Index to research your family history.  

Children's Room Book Discussion

Darby is the title and the main character of the book selected for the next book club discussion in the children's room. Join me on Saturday, February 5, 2010 at 3:00 in the afternoon for a discussion of the book Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua.  It was chosen because it is a "We the People Bookshelf on A More Perfect Union" selection by the American Library Association.