Recently, stopping for a pint at Menomale, my favorite Brookland watering hole and pizza place, the bartender-mixologist JB Knapp told me that he had gotten his first DC Public Library card and was using it to learn more about his trade.
Are you a high school student preparing to take the SAT? Southeast Library and the Hill Center are partnering to offer a free SAT practice test session!The test takes approximately 200 minutes to complete; pizza will be provided afterward for participants. Resources for extra help with your test prep will be available as well. Space is limited, registration is required; to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in Southeast Library's Winter Reading Challenge! We had more than 100 entries in two weeks, and our intrepid readers braved the polar vortex to turn in their reading logs, book reviews, and drawings. Brrr!We here at the library loved hearing about all of the wonderful reading you did while school was out--kudos!
When I was a kid, reading was all about secret spaces and hiding spots. I would read in cupboards with a flashlight, climb trees and nestle in a crook with a book, crawl under beds, hide behind sofas, and squeeze into closets in order to be by myself and become enveloped in whatever world my current book would take me.These five recommendations from the past are not just great books for the 8-12 set; they're also perfect reads for the reader with a secret spot because they're filled with mystery and magic and secrets and spaces. Enjoy.
Orange is the New Black and the Modern Love Archive
Lots of us are binging on TV these days... taking in entire series in one sitting... blissfully forgetful of the days when we would have to wait all summer to find out who shot J.R.I myself have been delving into Netflix's Orange in the New Black, and I have decided to assuage my fear of being a couch potato by adding a veneer of scholarship to my TV habit.
There is so much new children's literature out there, and a lot of it is great. But somehow, if you're a voracious reader, it can still be difficult to find that one book in the sea of many that both a) sounds appealing, and b) you haven't already gobbled up.So instead of waiting around for the next book that calls your name to be published, why not try something older? After all, everything old is new again. Here are five of my favorites from 18, 20, 35 years ago -- books that I truly believe still hold up today. Most of them will be of interest to the 8- to 13-year-old set.