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china dolls

Your Friday Five

Back in the day....

China Dolls, Lisa See Three young ladies meet in San Francisco in the 1930s as they audition for the glamorous life of dancers at a new night club. They search for fame, love, and friendship while confronting racism, and when WWII breaks out, rising anti-Japanese sentiment throws a wrench in their plans! Read it, love it.  

There Was a Tree book cover

Your Friday Five

Cumulative Tales for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Cumulative tales are stories in which the narrative builds through repetition, with each new event or element adding to all the previous ones.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Friday Five

Historical fiction with nonfiction characters

One of the most interesting things in historical fiction is that authors can insert real historical figures into a story. These real people can interact with the fictional characters and impact the events of the story to lend some realism to a novel. These five books feature, but are not about, characters that were real people as interesting counterpoints to the fictional characters in the books.

Serial Podcast

Serials in the Library

Even if you have not been listening to the new podcast Serial, you have probably heard about it. This weekly investigation of a 15-year-old murder has become one of the most listened-to podcasts in the country; people cannot seem to wait for the next chapter to come out. 

Winter Reading

Cold But Cuddly

Winter Reading Club

Cuddle up to books this winter break and be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card! This winter break, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, elementary and middle school students who visit their neighborhood branch can be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card for sharing their winter reading with their librarian.  

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

Your Friday Five

Thanksgiving Topics

The days are shorter, the leaves are falling, and there are already Christmas ads on TV. This can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is almost here. Soon we will be stuffing ourselves silly, ideally surrounded by those we love. For today’s Friday Five, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of books related to topics I think about when I think of Thanksgiving: food, family, gratitude, history and shopping.   Food

National Novel Writing Month

Your Friday Five

NaNoWriMo - I haven't even read these books - edition.

Here at Southeast Library, we are halfway through our National Novel Writing Month "Get Unblocked" writing workshops facilitated by our wonderful neighbors at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

Chess win!

Chess Time

I don't remember when I first learned how to play chess, I just remember loving it--even if I wasn't very good.  My how times have changed!  Instead of receiving a new fancy chess board for Christmas so I can keep practicing, I now download the app and play several people at once, each game lasting a few weeks!   One thing has remained not changed though: I enjoy winning. There is nothing more thrilling than a swift flick of your opponent's King piece and announcing "C-H-E-C-K-M-A-T-E!" (but no yelling in the library). 

Your Friday Five

Scary books for teens (and adults, too)

It's Halloween, get scared!  

Spanish Conversation Circle

Spanish Conversation Circle

Practice your Spanish with fellow enthusiasts

We are developing a conversation circle for people who know Spanish but who don't have many opportunities to speak it. I get psyched about doing our monthly Spanish Story Time because it is one of very few opportunities I have to belt out some Spanish.   If you boast about being bilingual and even put it on your résumé but worry about becoming rusty, you should come by for some coffee and conversation -- en español!  Te esperamos!