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November Staff Pick: "The Elements of Style"

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Month

Since 1959, The Elements of Style by William B. Strunk and E.B. White remains a classic writing guidebook. The concise book explains the basic rules of usage, composition, misused words and expressions, and more. One stand out composition rule I've always liked: "Omit needless words." (Rule #17).

 Never make the same mistake twice : lessons on love and life learned the hard way / Nene Leakes with Denene Millner


Read the Writing of Your Favorite Atlanta Housewife

In late 2008, one of the most influential reality shows in TV history aired:

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April Staff Picks

Head west, walk the streets of Paris, and uncover mysteries in 19th century Great Britain. Below are titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand et al.

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Writing Contest: Imagine what the library might look like in 125 years

Celebrate our 125 years of DC Public Libraries by participating in a writing contest at Northeast Library throughout the month of June. Open to all ages. Imagine what the library might be like in 125 more years. What sort of programs might be there? What would the buildings or furniture need to be like? What types of special technology might the library offer for the community? 

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2021 West End Haiku Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 West End Library Haiku Contest!  The library judging panel was delighted that the submission pool was so strong. All participants demonstrated facility in the art of haiku writing and are commended for their excellence. Without further ado, here are the winners: Adult Category  

2021 Haiku Contest Winners


The 2021 Haiku Contest was a great success at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library! We received so many thoughtful entries and it was a joy to read each one! Thank you to all who participated! Here are the winning entries:

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Inspiration for Writers

Happy NaNoWriMo!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), originated as a writing challenge in 1999 and has since been established as a movement observed in November of each year. 

Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All its Phases by Ida B. Wells

Ida B.Wells:Telling the Truth and Sharing the Story

Read the Writing of a 'Courageous Black Woman Journalist'

We've seen racial injustice captured online. We've watched uprisings on cell phone video. This sort of democratized reporting highlights the harsh reality of racism and the significance of storytelling. But before cell phone video, there was Ida B. Wells.