Jobs 4 Teens at DC Public Library

DC Public Library is now hiring for its Teens of Distinction program. Help make a difference in the library and in your community while earning money and developing stronger skills! Teen applicants must be residents of the District of Columbia and at least 16 years of age. Visit the Teens of Distinction page of DC Public Library for the full job description, application, recommendation forms, and more information.

Applications are due to Human Resources on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Back to School Drama

My display at the Mt. Pleasant Library is about back-to-school reads. When you’re at school, or at home and need something good to read or a laugh to give, check out my display!!! So if you love high-school drama and teen romance then you’ll love these books!

My books are mostly about how teenagers can be able to fit in without the drama but drama always follows no matter what. I chose this display because everybody is nervous going into high school and it would be nice to be able to learn about it even more from these character’s experiences throughout the books, or if you just need a good laugh about how about their high school experience is, check out these books. Romance books can be interesting to read and is mostly about how teens can fall in-love anywhere in school!

My display also has books on teen challenges, from peer pressure to losing a beloved best friend and how teens like them helped deal with these types of situations and also teaches the reader how to handle them in a positive way. My books are also about stereotypes and how to be able to overcome them and be something better.

The books on my display are:

You can also find these books and more at!

So, if interested in any of back-to-school reads come to the Mt. Pleasant Library downstairs Teen section where you’ll be able to find these books and also some very interesting others!

- By Mariella S.

A Peek Into History

Exploring the Middle Ages

As an admirer of medieval and  historical ways of life and warfare; I spent the past weeks reading up on how these devices worked and how the people of these times went about their daily lives.  Several books such as  The Book of Swords by Hank Reinhardt and Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer, taught me the different components that make up the many types of swords and the many little things that people did during that time that really made them stand out. For example, the death penalty was extended to children as young as seven during the 14th century.
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It was a violent time but, despite this most of the equipment used for warfare hid this behind a sort of elegance.Above is a rapier with a swept hilt. A sword such as this was more so for show and fashion than for war use. Movies such as the Three Musketeers and The Princess Bride made these weapons known in our time. A distinguished individual would not be caught without one at his side. They were the Jordan’s of their time.

In terms of war, the rapier was not a weapon that would be seen on the battlefield. Some of the more famous weapons that would have been seen in and around the middle ages would have been a Longsword, Falchion or Broadsword. However, these only scratch the surface when concerning weapons used on the battlefield. When imaging a medieval battle, many will think of valiant knights charging in on horses and in order to best these men, new techniques and weapons were developed. A flanged mace for example would dent steel plate and cause injury to whoever was wearing it. 


The English Longbow with bodkin tips could also penetrate armor at a certain range. Even the sword and its use was altered in order to help it fight against armor. Battles were more than knights and horses, there were far more peasants fighting and even more sieges than there were battles. It would have been a truly honest and challenging time to live in but, that is what makes the middle ages so fascinating.
If this piques your interest - check out these related books from DC Public Library:

-- Jerome S.

Book Review Contest


Teen Book Review Contest

Write a one page book review about a book you think is a must-read book of the summer for teens. Bring your reviews to your neighborhood library between June 1 and August 15, 2014 to enter. Only one review can be entered into the contest per person. A book review should be written to persuade someone to read the book instead of just a summary of the book.

Be sure to include:

Title and author of the book
Your name and contact info (email or phone number)
Correct grammar, spelling and punctuation

Questions to think about when writing:

Why should someone read this book?
What did you like about the characters?

Could you relate to the characters in some way?
Did this book teach you an important life lesson?

And remember, the deadline is August 15th.

Vosges Mo's Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar

Bacon the best breakfast piece and chocolate the best sweet in the world. This bar combines the two! An odd and eccentric snack I just had to try it. I enjoyed it until the third or fourth piece. The sweet and salty mix of flavor just became overbearing. The texture of the bar was similar to that of a chocolate bar with peanuts, but instead of nuts bacon bits; crunchy and smooth at the same time. This candy bar that personified a contradiction was just too much for me to handle. Plus it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.


Teen Space Event

Art-Attack is an event that occurs every Monday in the teen space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. This event host crafting opportunities and everyone from the ages of 13 to 19 can join in.

I attended the event yesterday and it was very interesting. The craft for that day was to cut out pictures from magazines and stick googly-eyes onto them. Some people even made their own cards. Puns were added and a multitude of the famous celebrity faces sat staring around in every direction from there new wobbling and jiggling eyes. They were amusing. The event was very goofy, but in a good way. I am rather interested and wondering what next weeks Art-Attack craft will be. Hopefully next week more people will come and bask in the glory of arts and craft; lets give everyone an art-attack!


The Washington Nationals library visits

On Saturday, July 19, 2014 

Manager and team players will be visiting libraries in DC to read and interact with youth who have entered the 2014 Summer Reading program.

The team sponsors this program  in hopes to counteract the lost of learning that youth lose during the summer. 

Here is the schedule: 

Matt Williams
WHERE: Tenley Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Scott Hairston
WHERE: Deanwood Library, 1350 49th Street NE
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Denard Span
WHERE: Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE
WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Drew Storen
WHERE: Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW
WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


More information can be found here

Teen Summer Reading

Express Yourself Badge

Hello All :D

Today I will be talking about the Express Yourself badge you can obtain within the Teen Summer Reading program.

This badge is obtained by writing a book review, short story, novella, group of poems, fan fiction, personal essay or article. Then log in to your Teen Summer Reading account ( and write about what you wrote for this badge, it's easy! The writings that you do can be posted on any website as long as you send a link within your description of what you wrote. I wrote a book review and posted it on here to get the badge. Writing isn't hard, so lets go out there and earn the Express Yourself Badge, yeah!




Earn the Express Yourself Badge

Express Yourself Badge

Do you know about the Express Yourself badge? You can obtain it within the Teen Summer Reading program. This badge is obtained by writing a book review, short story, novella, group of poems, fan fiction, personal essay or article. Then log in to your Teen Summer Reading account and write about what you wrote for this badge, it's easy! The writings that you do can be posted on any website as long as you send a link within your description of what you wrote. I wrote a book review and posted it on here to get the badge. Writing isn't hard, so lets go out there and earn the Express Yourself Badge, yeah!


Filmfest DC Presents Summer Series at THEARC Theater

Who doesn't love free movies?

Going to the movies is a typical summer pastime. However, with ticket prices nowadays, going to the movies can put quite a dent in your wallet.

Fortunately, this weekend Filmfest DC will be presenting a brief series of film festival favorites FREE of charge. This great opportunity spans from July 11th to the 12th, and also includes the 14th as well. Here's a  list of the movies that will be playing:

Marley (2012)

Friday, July 11th at 7:00pm

Marley is a documentary-biographical film exploring the life and times of the renown reggae musician Bob Marley. Featuring outstanding performances, insightful interviews, and raw footage, this film unearths the intimate details of Marley's personal life and music career.

Belle (2013)

Saturday, July 12th at 7:00pm

Belle is a British drama film inspired by the 1779 painting depicting Dido Elizabeth Belle standing next to her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. As the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy, Dido Belle is raised as an aristocrat. However, her unique social standing brings upon strife, and yet manages to aid in the abolishment of slavery coming to fruition in England.

Ernest & Celestine (2012)

Monday, July 14th at 10:00am

Ernest & Celestine is a French-Belgian animated film that illustrates a world where a civilization of mice live and work beneath the streets of the bears that live above ground. Though most mice are terrified, a young mouse named Celestine, a free-spirited artist, ventures to the outside world and forms a peculiar friendship with a bear named Ernest. However, not everyone approves of their friendship--above or below ground.

All of these films will be shown at the THEARC Theater, which is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave SE. Admission is free, but seats are limited.