Northwest One
Neighborhood Library

Haiku Book Reviews

The teens and kids at Northwest One had a great time writing haiku book reviews and snacking on home-made candy sushi last Tuesday. Here are our reviews:Greg is so funnyHas to go to middle schoolBullied every day.    --Nicole H. reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney I like reading booksBlack and White is a good bookIt’s interesting.       --Malik C. reading Black and White by Paul Volponi

Ladies Night Book Club

The April selection for Ladies Night Book Club is here!

Celebrate Sakura Matsuri

Stop into the library on Tuesday, April 5, at 4 p.m. for crafts and snacks celebrating the Sakura Matsuri, a part of DC's annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This year's festival started March 26 and goes through April 10. 

St. Patrick's Day Concert and Environmental Film Fest

In addition to our normal library programming, we have some special events this week! Join us on Wednesday, March 16th, at 1 p.m. for a St. Patrick's Day concert. Ms. Nancy returns this year to sing some traditional Irish songs with the help of her guitar and some spoons. There will be yummy Irish soda bread and jam to snack on after the concert.On Thursday, March 17th, at 1:30 p.m., we are hosting films from this year's DC Environmental Film Festival.

Summer Youth Employment Is Coming

Hey Northwest One teens, don't be bored and broke this summer!

Black History Month Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Answers from last week's questions: Name Piri Thomas' three autobiographies.  Down These Mean Streets; Savior, Savior, Hold My Hand; Seven Long Times Which District of Columbia Public Library facility owns his first autobiography in English and Spanish?  Martin Luther King Memorial Library Where did Piri grow up?  El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) February 7, 2011

Free Tax Assistance

We are pleased to announce free tax return preparation at Northwest One Library. Meet with an IRS-certified counselor Fridays between 10am and 2pm. The program starts February 11th and continues through April.

15,000 New eBooks Available

By now, everyone should know about the downloadable materials available through the DC Public Library Overdrive catalog.

Free Computer Classes

The library, in cooperation with Byte Back, is offering free PC Basics computer classes and Office Track classes at Capitol View Library, Anacostia Library, Northwest One Library and Watha T. Daniel Library starting January 3.You must be a D.C. resident to enroll in this program. All students must present proof of residency on the first day of class to be admitted. To register, call Byte Back at 202-529-3395 Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reading King: The Dream, Then and Now

  Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds (Civil Disobedience, December 1, 1955) A boy and his mother witness history when their friend, Mrs. Parks, is removed from the Montgomery, Alabama, bus they've been riding. JUV E REYNOLDS Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack (Jim Crow Laws, 1950s) 'Tricia Ann journeys alone, for the first time to the one place all are welcome in her segregated, southern town. Along the way, others offer encouragement when 'Tricia Ann encounters the obstacles in the form of Jim Crow laws designed to keep Blacks and Whites separate. JUV E MCKISSACK     The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (Segregated town, 1950s or 60s) Two girls develop a friendship over the summer in their racially divided town. JUV E WOODSON Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins by Carole Boston Weatherford (Civil Disobedience, 1960) Eight-year-old Connie witnesses growing activism in her college-aged brother and sister following a visit to Greensboro by Dr. King. Brother and Sister assist others in registering to vote and later join the picket lines and sit-ins following the initial protest of four college students at a Woolworth's lunch counter. JUV E WEATHERFORD     Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford (Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing, September 15, 1963) A fictionalized young narrator guides the reader through events leading up to the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the killing of four girls less than a month after Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. JUV 811.6 WEATHERFORD Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles (The Civil Rights Act, 1964) Joe and John Henry are best friends, but cannot enjoy the same things, even after a law is passed to abolish segregation and discourage discrimination. JUV E WILES     I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (the speech, August 28, 1963) The speech, in its entirety, is illustrated by paintings by Coretta Scott King Award honor and medal recipients. JUV 323.11 KIN and JUV 305.89 KING I Have a Dream by Karen Price Hossel (civil rights movement up to 1968) Dr. King's famous words delivered August 28, 1963, are given context through and exploration of United States History and the Civil Rights Movement of Dr. King's own times. Excerpts from the speech are provided throughout the book.     Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson (busing, Boston, 1974) Brewster and his brother Bryan are bused from their neighborhood to school across town amid protests and ambivalence among blacks and whites, children and adults. JUV E MICHELSON Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (gender and ethnic diversity, present day) Grace loves to pretend and is eager for a part in her class production of Peter Pan, but when two classmates state that she cannot play certain parts because she is black and female, Nana takes Grace to the ballet. Grace's eyes are opened, and she soon proves her classmates wrong. JUV E HOFFMAN     Destiny's Gift by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (community action, present day) Destiny rallies her diverse community to help keep her neighborhood's bookstore open. JUV E TARPLEY Girls Hold Up This World by Jada Pinkett Smith (diversity, present day) Rhyming text and full-page photographs illustrate commonality among diverse individuals and groups. JUV E PINKETT      What a Wonderful World by George Weiss (diversity, present day) Children of various hues put on a puppet show based on the song made famous by Louis Armstrong. JUV E WEISS