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March's Tough Topics: Special Needs and the Differently-Abled

In 1987 President Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” to provide the encouragement, independence and opportunities Americans with developmental disabilities need to reach their potential. As interpreted by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, “Developmental disabilities are severe chronic disabilities that can be cognitive and/or physical, appear before the age of 22 and are likely to be lifelong. Some developmental disabilities are largely physical issues, such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy.

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Meet Ruthie!

A Mt Pleasant Library Volunteer

Ruthie is a PAL volunteer and visits the Mt Pleasant Neighborhood Library when her schedule permits.   Here are ten fun facts about Ruthie:   Ruthie was born on December 2, 2014 in Maryland.

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Elevator Out

The elevator at Petworth is not currently functional. Please bear this in mind as you visit the library with young children and those who may have difficulty with stairs.

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S.T.E.A.M. Team Makes a Movie

On Monday, February 29th Southeast Library held our first S.T.E.A.M. Team meeting for kids ages 6-12. Participants learned about making a movie! Together, they wrote, produced, shot, acted in, and edited a movie trailer using iMovie. The result was It Happened in the Library. Make sure to watch our behind-the-scenes trailer about making It Happened in the Library called S.T.E.A.M. Team: Movie Time.

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Is There A Griot In The House?

Collecting Family Stories

Learn how to develop an oral or written record of your family’s history.  We’ll discuss easy conversation starters to inspire recollections, informal ways to store and record the information you collect, and best ways to share what you discover. We’ll also talk about The Memory Lab, DCPL’s newest resource for digitizing your materials. This workshop will take place on April 13, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. Come ready to share a few of your own personal stories!    

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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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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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