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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.

Zita the Spacegirl

Great Graphic Girls

Children's graphic novels featuring female characters

Move over Superman! Graphic novels are quickly becoming a diverse and quality subset of children's literature. Over the last decade the genre has exploded with stories about dynamic, powerful girls just waiting to be explored. The following list is just a small selection of my current favorites. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

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Tenley Readers Unite! (TRU Crew)

Monthly book club for kids

We've started a book club just for kids. If you're a kid between 8 and 12 years old who loves to read and get a little deeper into your favorite books, then TRU Crew is for you!  At our monthly meetings, we discuss our book choice, eat snacks (in the library!), and vote on the next month's read.   Meetings are usually the last Saturday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in the Children's Room.   Upcoming meetings are March 26, April 23, and May 21.    

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Saturday Morning Story Time

Read-Aloud Story Time.  Saturdays at 10 a.m.  For ages 2-5 with caregivers.  Join us to enjoy stories, rhymes and finger plays in front of the fireplace.  We hope to see you there!  Program presented in partnership with the Junior League of Washington.  For more information, call the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 202-576-7252.

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Meet Cali!

A Mt. Pleasant Library Volunteer

Cali is a PAL volunteer and visits the Mt Pleasant Neighborhood Library when her schedule permits.   Here are ten fun facts about Cali:   Cali’s name means “most beautiful”. Cali is a hound but does not hunt. Cali does not chase squirrels or birds.

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Dr. Seuss Day

Wednesday, March 2

In 1997 the National Education Association and Dr. Seuss Enterprises created an event to get children inspired to read through sharing the rhyming, humorous, and unforgettable stories of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as, Dr. Seuss.  Schools across the United States host Read Across America days on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday as well as public libraries.   Get your child inspired to read more Dr. Seuss and to read year round with these special programs offered throughout the day: Dr. Seuss on the Loose Story Time, 10:30 a.m.

rhythm ride by andrea pinkney

The Black Experience, New and Noteworthy Children's Books

The books listed here are all inspirational and true.  They take the reader through lives that may seem like our own, but become extraordinary through the individual’s creativity or inventiveness, singular devotion to improving their lives and the lives of others, and or the individual’s supportive family and community.  Some have won recent national awards.  Some have been passed around a lot. Some are meant to be read aloud.  Some are visually stunning.  All are worth enjoying.

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

Fabulous Females

Books to Enjoy for Women's History Month

March is fast approaching, so let's celebrate Women's History Month!  Here are some of my favorite young biographies of some fabulous females. Discover the stories of these less well-known ladies who left their mark in the fields of athletics, politics, science, and more. 

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Books Without Words? Can Such Things Be?

A list for adults and kids alike

When you think about books, you generally imagine words on a page. Pictures may or may not be included. But this isn't always the case. Stories without words are more common for children, but there are some really excellent ones for adults as well. Here are some good stories without words for both young and old. Adults

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Lamond-Riggs Library Hosts First of Sewing Series Workshops

Sessions Geared to Various Ages

Hours before an historic blizzard, excited customers came to the library to engage in a creative sewing collective. Women from ages 11 to 60 learned how to do a basic running stitch, whipstitch, sew a button, and create a pocket to fit a pair of glasses. The majority of participants completed their eyeglass cases. They were proud to have made an artistic case that is used daily.  

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