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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. 

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! 


Knitting Circle

Get started on holiday gifts and winter wear

Get started on your holiday crafting with our knitting circle!  On Tuedsay, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m., bring your knitting needles and yarn and we’ll provide the knitting books and fun. (Crocheters are welcome too!) The temperatures haven't gone below 50 yet, but those days are just around the corner. That is where our new knitting circle comes in!  We can get started on our 2014-2015 winter gear (and inexpensive holiday gifts) together as we share patterns, ideas, and company.  

Your Friday Five: Hispanic Heritage Month

Check out these teen titles

Frida, Jonah Winter