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Simon & Schuster eBooks Now Available
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Simon & Schuster eBooks Now Available

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, McCullough and More   For the first time, we are now able to add eBooks published by Simon & Schuster to our downloadable collection.     Highlights Include For Adults: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller “John Adams,” “Truman,” “1776″ and more by David McCullough “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion “Team of Rivals” […]

Harry Potter Film Festival
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Harry Potter Film Festival

Spend Winter Break with “The Boy Who Lived”! The Shirlington Branch Library will show all eight Harry Potter films from Saturday, Dec. 27 – Sunday, Jan. 4: Saturday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m.: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – rated PG Sunday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m.: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – rated […]

Packing in the Fun in December
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Packing in the Fun in December

If You’re Looking For Something To Do…   Along with Kids Club and Paws to Read, we’ve got lots of December activities for kids and families: Wednesday, Dec. 10 - “Because of Winn-Dixie” matinee movie, 2:00 p.m., at Columbia Pike Branch Library Wednesday, Dec. 10 - Kids in the Garden: Terrarium Fun, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., at Westover […]

Take Your Preschooler on a Library Adventure
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Take Your Preschooler on a Library Adventure

Missing Your Usual Library Routine During the Storytime Break? We still have fun ways to learn and explore!   Preschool Library Adventures These are family-lead activities for a rainy day, a holiday, or any day when you just need something to do.  And when you complete 5 or more of the activities, bring your answers […]

The Best of Mike Nichols
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The Best of Mike Nichols

Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky, Nov. 6, 1931 - Nov. 19, 2014 Mike Nichols’s career in theater and film spanned over 5 decades, and he directed  many excellent film adaptations of books and plays (he also made some great original films). Delve into his work with these – and more:   Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? DVD [1966] A […]

Waiting for "We Are Not Ourselves"?
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Waiting for “We Are Not Ourselves”?

Matthew Thomas’ novel charts the story of the American Century, with the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. Whether you’re waiting to read “We Are Not Ourselves,” or already read it and loved it, here are five more epic family sagas exploring the American Dream:   Within […]

Celebrate Winter with Picture Books
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Celebrate Winter with Picture Books

Fall 2014 Storytimes End Saturday, Nov. 22 We will miss seeing you every week, but we’re planning great things for January! Winter 2015 storytimes will begin the week of January 5.   You can create your own seasonal storytime (at home or at the Library) with these picture books about snow and winter:   Snow Babies […]

Geography Awareness Week: 5 Books (and 2 Websites) for Kids
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Geography Awareness Week: 5 Books (and 2 Websites) for Kids

Celebrate Geography Awareness Week, November 16 – 22! Kids and adults can explore geography all over the world with National Geographic Virtual Library (free with your Library card), or discover the geography of food as part of the National Geographic Society’s focus this year.   We also recommend these great geography books for your young […]

5 Native American Picture Books for Kids
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5 Native American Picture Books for Kids

 Introduce your little one to Native American legends and heroes:   Iktomi Loses His Eyes: a Plains Indians Story by Paul Goble Iktomi the trikster finds himself in a predicament after losing his eyes when he misuses a magical trick.         Red Bird Sings: the story of Zitkala-̈Sa, Native American Author, Musician, […]

5 Native American Books for Teens
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5 Native American Books for Teens

Stories of Native American teens, finding their place in the larger world.   If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension […]