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Help Your Child Get Ready to Read

Literacy Skill: Narrative Skills and Comprehension

Narrative skills are using expressive language, including describing things, putting events in order and retelling stories.  These skills are important because they will help children understand what they are hearing and reading once they begin to read. An example of a narrative skill is the ability to tell what happens in a book either by listening to the text or “reading the pictures or visual art .”  Telling and sequencing events about a zoo or store trip strengthens this skill.

Title Tidbits from the Children’s Room

Nowadays it does seem as a children’s librarian that there is a growing trend to use picture books as bibliotherapy, especially when it comes to discipline.  Daniel Zalewski, a features editor, at the New Yorker discusses this at length in his essay “The Defiant Ones,” in the October 19, 2009 issue.  Zalewski  reviews a fine sampling of titles (DCPL owns) that reflect the current parenting zeitgeist in an age where

Contemporary Awesome Girls Reading List

A.K.A Beyond "Junie B. Jones”

Looking for something to read after Junie B. Jones? Take a look at this list compiled by Rhona Campbell.These are in order from easiest to most difficult to read… 2nd-4th grade level: Barrows, Annie. Ivy & Bean books Harper, Cherise. Just Grace books Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Greene books Mazer, Anne. Sister Magic series

"Epic" Epics

Film Series at the Chevy Chase Library

Chevy Chase Library is proud to announce its March film series "'Epic Epics."  We will be screening three award-winning epic films: March 5: Titanic (1997) 193 minutesMarch 19: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 221 minutes

Jane Austen, with Alterations

The DC Library now offers the first two books in the popular "Quirk Classic" series: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.  Both books are "mash-ups" that add supernatural elements (namely zombies and sea monsters) to Austen's original text (and they blend together surprisingly well).

City Year Volunteers at Chevy Chase

On Saturday February 20th the Chevy Chase Library was pleased to host the City Year Volunteers. What is City Year?"City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world." - from City Year's Homepage

Happy Mardi Gras!

On Saturday the library celebrated Mardi Gras with floats (bookcarts), arts & crafts, bead tossing and refreshments!Here are a couple of happy parton's celbrating Mardi Gras in the library on Saturday!

Help Your Child Get Ready to Read

Part Two: Vocabulary Development

Literacy SkillVocabulary development is knowing the names of things, feelings concepts and ideas. The best practices for early literacy programming in libraries have been established based on current brain and educational research.  When these strategies are implemented with story times at your library, children's foundations for reading success are enhanced.   

Mardi Gras Fun Facts!

The term Mardi Gras is a French expression meaning "Fat Tuesday" and possibly refers to the last chance people can indulge before Lent.The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. These colors were chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. The colors represent the following:  purple -- justice green -- faith gold -- power

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