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A Middle Grade Reading List

Like many of you, I have placed holds across many genres through the Library's Libby app and waited for wonderful reads to arrive in library. The list below was pulled from my favorite reads for tweens. If you've had a chance to read or listen to any of these books, congratulations. If not, they're well worth the wait.

A right to the city

A Right to the City - Chinatown

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are highlighting the history of the Chinatown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. brought to us by our partners at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum (SIACM). For the past year, we have hosted pop-up versions of the Museum's exhibition "A Right to the City" focusing on neighborhood change in six Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, including Chinatown. 


2019 Haiku Poetry Contest

The competition was stiff, thank you all for your submissions. Here are the winners of our 2019 Haiku Contest in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:   Shiek is the bee's knees Well, though she's not the strongest Shulk is my back up      - Jayer Joubert, age 12, child  

Poetry Break!

Haiku Contest Winners

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, Rosedale Library held a haiku contest.  We are pleased to announce our winners. From the adult category, our winning entry was by Ashlea and Katrina: The Beltway battle Nationals bats swing for fences Oriole birds sing From the kid's category, our winning entry was by Victor: Today I was new I saw a crow as it flew As I peek, I seek Thanks to all who wrote

Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

Haiku Contest Winners

Asian Pacific Heritage Month Contest

After days of hotly-contested deliberation among staff, Georgetown Neighborhood Library finally chose the winners of their 2019 Haiku Contest in honor of Asia Pacific American Heritage Month.  There were so many good entries, and a wide diversity of opinion from judges of which was the best.  The winners are: See my Asian eyes Where are you fro they ask -- I Am American - Kathleen Guevara, Adult Winner

The Lake

Read Around the World: Japan

Japanese literature that isn't by Haruki Murakami

Expand your literary horizons by reading literature from other countries. Haruki Murakami is one of the most well-known authors in Japanese literature. Yet he is only one of many modern Japanese writers whose works are accessible in translation. A wide variety of genres and styles are represented in the selections below (all of which can be accessed through DC Public Library's stellar and diverse collection). Young Readers (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)

Thanking the Moon

Traditions and Tales of China

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

On the fifteenth day of the Eighth Moon (October 15 in 2017) family members come together to honor the Moon Goddess, Chang E and enjoy an evening under the especially large Harvest Moon. Sharing poems and stories are a traditional activity of the holiday. The books listed below include beloved Chinese tales, stories of family, and books to help prepare for the day and evening of the seasonal event:


Picture This . . .

Picture Books That Bring Asia and the Pacific Islands into Focus

Thanks to a congressional act in 1992 Asian/Pacific American Month is annually observed in the month of May. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.