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Ms Dolores demonstrates to teens in Afterschool Lounge how to make a seed bomb

If You See a Piece of Litter, Pick It Up!

Recap: How Tenley celebrated Earth Day 2016

We were proud to participate in Tenleytown's first annual, week-long celebration of Earth Day.

Serafina and the Black Cloak book cover

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.

This Is Our House

Picture Books for Adults

Who Says Picture Books Are Just for Kids?

Picture books are generally marketed for ages 8 and under. However, some picture books are truly works of art that are arguably better appreciated by a more sophisticated eye. Here is a list of 10 picture books that are meant to be cherished well beyond childhood. This Is Our House by Hyewon Yum

eco-friendly crafting

Seed Spheres

Spreading Smiles for Earth Day

Earth Day is Friday, April 22.  Be ready to beautify your garden or a neglected area near where you live.  Drop by the Children's Room, April 19 and 20 and craft a wildflower seed bomb that will be dry and ready for use on the day.  Toss the seed sphere and watch the wildflowers grow all summer. Ages 3 - 12 Find Earth-friendly crafts to make with children in these books found at your local library:

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Islam and Muslim Cultures in America and Around the World

Resources from the Library Collection and D.C. Community

Starting with the Muslim Journeys series in 2013, the library has compiled a list of materials from across the collection in the service of learning about and celebrating Islam and Muslim cultures. You can learn more about the Muslim Journeys events, narratives, sponsors, and partners at the link above.

WonderfulWorld

Jazz In My Jammies!

A Revival of Our Annual Celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month!

Tax woes making you and your family sad? Well, jump into your jammies and let some jazzy beats make you glad! Join us on Thursday, April 25 from 6 - 6:45 p.m. for some swinging stories, recorded jazzy jams, dandy dances as well as vintage video clips with jazz themes! This multi-generational program is appropriate for ages 3 to 8 with adult chaperones (please invite grandparents/senior friends too). Please note: Wearing comfortable pajamas to this story time is optional for all, but encouraged!

kick in the head

Pictured Poetry

Illustrated Books of Poems

Whether new to poetry or a devoted reader/writer of verse an illustrated poem can make for an afternoon well spent.  Take a glance through the compilations and biographies or read them endpaper to endpaper.  Read a poem as a picture book, too.  Fun awaits! Compilations

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek

Presidential Picture Books

Fiction and nonfiction books to explore the presidential election

The 2016 Presidential primary season is in full swing and culminates in the parties' national conventions in July.  With the nominees selected, general election campaigning continues right up to the voting in November.  Here are some great resources to discuss the presidency and the American election process with school age children. Fictional Picture Books:

golden egg winner

The Petworth Library Easter Egg Hunt

Meet Our Golden Egg Winner!

On Easter Monday, children gathered in the children's room of Petworth Library for an Easter egg hunt in the stacks. Children from ages 5-12 participated, and after finding all 70 eggs, were tasked with finding the golden egg for a special prize. After much fanfare, Sarem was our proud winner, and she received a book of her choice and a DCPL water bottle as her prizes! Here she is pictured with children's librarian Miss Tracy.

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