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Books for the Artsy Child

Fiction for children ages birth - 6

Whimsical, artistic, original... there are lots of ways to describe a creative child. However, when it comes to finding material to engage this type of reader, where does one start? Here are a selection of books that suggest various topics to inspire your little one.

3-D Spinning Tops  (Craft)

Keeping Cool This Summer at the Northwest One Library

Turning What We Learned From Books into Fun and Easy Crafts

Library Associate, Janelle Ricks teamed up with FPCS (Armstrong Campus) to make reading and learning fun using crafts, demonstrations, and short quizzes.   Week 1 - “3D Spinning Top (Illusions)”

Revenge of the Witch

Chilling Chapters

Scary stories for older children

Sunny June isn't exactly the ideal setting for a scary story, but that's precisely when I like reading a good horror story. Nowhere for long shadows or weird noises to hide in the sun! No matter when you like a scare, these chapter books are some of my all time favorites.   Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

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Dangerous Libraries

Libraries. Not just for books anymore.

When most people think of libraries, they imagine a quiet, boring place where librarians shush people for even sneezing. In reality, libraries aren't like that at all. Sometimes they're...DANGEROUS! Being a place for the public, you never know who will walk through those doors. And what exactly does a librarian do? Below I have compiled a list of books set in unusual libraries and about the crazy librarians that run them. Enjoy!

Capture the Flag, written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Yuta Onoda

I <3 DC

Children's Chapter Books Set in Washington, DC

Though reading can take you on an adventure around the world, I also sometimes like to read about locations I know well, like my hometown or somewhere I've recently visited. Picking up on references to specific spots always gives me a thrill and really helps me to visualize what's happening in the story. If you're looking for a children's novel that's full of familiar streets and sights, try one of these DC-based books on for size!

Animal Allies Flyer

First Robotics & Lego League Competition

Northwest One Hosted an "Animal Allies" Themed Gaming Station

Library Associate, Janelle Ricks had the pleasure to attend the First Robotics & Lego League competition on Saturday June 4, 2016 at the Walker-Jones Education Campus. It was nice to see school aged children with so much enthusiasm about engineering and the wonderful inventions that were created as a result of it. There were small groups of children, parents and supporters from both DC public schools and local charter schools.

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Brave & Daring Girls

Fiction for Ages 8 to 12

At the Southeast Library, our Kids’ Book Club meets once a month to discuss a book, enjoy snacks, and do an interactive activity (ages 8 to 12, last Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. – check out our calendar!). As much fun as the meetings are, my favorite part comes at the end: the participating kids vote on which book they will read and discuss the following month.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny

Daring Detectives

Fantastic detective novels for every young super sleuth

Mystery and intrigue are compelling components of every genre of literature whether it's written for children or adults. There is something in human nature that longs to solve the puzzle or at least be along for the ride. That is one of the reasons detective and mystery novels are great choices for reluctant or beginner readers.

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Tales Magical and Grim

Fairy Tales Reimagined

As a lover of fairy tales from the cut-off-your-heels Grim(m) version of Cinderella to the cheerful Disney rendition of Mulan, I'm willing to be swept away by fairy tales with drama

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Defiant Damsels of Historical Fiction

These gritty grrrls defy the damsel in distress trope!

Young people's literature is filled with characters of emotional depth and range, internal conflict, conviction, and courage that impressionable young girls can relate to and/or draw inspiration from. As this is the season for doling out awards to film, TV, and books, I am sharing my favorite historical fiction books teeming with gritty grrrls and intrepid womenfolk who defy the "damsel in distress" trope despite their complicated circumstances.

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