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Tough Topics Read Feed: Peace and Conflict

When reflecting on the 2017 Summer Reading theme “Build a Better World" in the context of current events, the tough topics of “Peace” and "Conflict" come to mind. Why does it seem so difficult to grasp, embody and maintain? Ideally the books from this display will prompt family discussions about peace and the ways in which you can help to nurture and share it.

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Southeast Kids' Book Club!

For Children's fiction fans, 9 - 12 years old

Southeast Kids' Book Club meets the last Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.! At each Kids Book Club meeting, we discuss the book, enjoy a fun theme activity, and enjoy snacks. Participants will also vote on the next book we'll read! New titles are typically introduced so participants can pick the perfect book to read at home. Stop by or call to inquire about the current title we’re reading.

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...And All That Jazz!

(Jazz-inspired stories that beg to be listened to!)

Every year when April rolls around, I look forward to Jazz Appreciation Month! Jazz is a style of American music and culture that credits its birth to the 19th century African-American musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jazz music is characterized by a strong, but flexible rhythmic structure with solo and/or ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns. Jazz has evolved so much throughout the years, but some things remain the same...the rhythm is the beat!

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Tis' the Season for Tough Topics: Belief and Doubt

Whether prompted by the onset of holidays, political rhetoric or other circumstances, eventually young people become curious about imaginary vs. real concepts, religious or anti-religious sentiments, as well as the faith or the doubt that classmates, neighbors, family members, or even people on TV may express through their actions, conversations, mannerisms, clothing, celebrations, places of worship, etc. 

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Hot Cocoa Literacy Lounge

A Winter Reading Program

Keep your child's early literacy skills sharp this winter break! Register online for DC Public Library's Winter Reading Program and bring your eager and reluctant readers in kindergarten,1st and 2nd grade to the library on Wednesday, December 28 at 11 a.m. for some yummy hot cocoa (with marshmallows!) as they read aloud from some of our most popular Easy Readers (at levels that are most appropriate for each children).

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Get A Clue: A Winter Scavenger Hunt

Back by popular demand for our oh-so-clever 8 -12 year old Petworth pals!  On Tuesday, December 27 at 2:30 p.m., we are recruiting all super sleuths for our winter scavenger hunt! Your mission is to complete several physical challenges and solve our series of clues to win the final prize. You and your friends have 70 minutes to finish! This program information will self-destruct in 5 . . .4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .

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International Games Day 2016!

Join us for a day of play!

Over a thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the ninth annual International Games Day @ Your Library, an annual celebration of games, play, libraries, learning and community! Help us close out National Games and Puzzles week with International Games Day @ Petworth Library. Last year’s event drew an enthusiastic group of gamers between the ages of 2 to 17 years old.

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Autumn's Tough Topic: Emotional Resiliency

At the start of a new school season, children’s emotions can run the gamut. Although many children feel excited and confident about beginning school with new clothes or new supplies, some may display a bit of anxiety when it’s time to say goodbye to a parent at drop off. Early in the school year, returning students may feel reticent and unsure about interacting with different teachers and classmates, or their assignments may seem intimidating.

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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.

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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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