Friday, March 27, 2015

Teens with a Taste for Nostalgia

Sophia and Gabriella aced the "Retro Technology" quiz!
Sebastian may have to share his prize with his proud parents.

Teens demonstrated their knowledge of technology during Teen Tech Week at our Retro Technology display. Items in the display dated from the 1920s to the 1990s. Teens had a fun time identifying the items and were rewarded with free books. Here are snapshots of some of the winners! 

Alana and Siobhan fill out their quiz......
....then cheerfully display their new books!
Tommy chose a book to match his shirt.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dragon Invades Olney Library: Happy Chinese New Year!

We had a nice turnout for our Chinese New Year Family Celebration on March 7. MCPL staff member Rueyfen Harmon led a storytime on the Chinese Zodiac and how it was created.

In this telling (based on the book Cat and Rat by Ed Young), the Emperor asks the animals to race through the forest and across the river.  Each of the horoscope’s 12 years would be named in the order that the animals returned.  

Rueyfen also led the children in a traditional New Year’s Lion Dance, which is believed to bring good luck and fortune…everyone enjoyed their performance through the library!

In honor of the Year of the Ram, children created paper lanterns decorated with rams and colorful ribbons, and practiced the art of paper cutting by making cards of Chinese characters.  Once finished, they left with fortune cookies and oranges, a “good luck” food for the new year.  Look out for more photos-- and a short video of the Lion Dance--on our Flickr pages!

Above, Marcela and her daughter Luz of Rockville show off their paper lantern.  Said Marcela, "We loved the Chinese New Year crafts!  We have our lantern hanging up in Luz's bedroom."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Olney Reads

We like knowing what our Olney friends are reading (or listening to or watching).  Several times each month we will post our readers' favorite books, movies, or sound recordings.
Reader: Jackson 
Favorite Books: Anything from lower shelves of the Olney Book Sale rack
Jackson and his grandparents love to visit the Olney library. Jackson was a willing subject for our roving photographer, but keeping up with him was a challenge! By the pace at which he darted between the shelves, one would never guess he learned to walk just recently. Jackson seemed to be drawn to our Book Sale shelf--he knows a good bargain when he sees it. He also likes books about animals and is shown here with a catalog of bird paintings.                                       

Monday, March 2, 2015

Calling all Wordsmiths: Enter Olney's Seuss-Alike Writing Contest!

cover of the book, One Fish, Two Fish, by Dr. Seuss. Do you find yourself giggling while reading Green Eggs and Ham or Horton Hears a Who? Readers everywhere, from age 2 to 102, enjoy Dr. Seuss's whimsical drawings and inventive lexicon. Celebrate his birthday this month by entering a poem or story in Olney Library's "Seuss-Alike Writing Contest." Kids, teens, and adults may submit entries to the library's Information Desk by the deadline of March 14. Please limit entries to one page. Several winners will receive prizes!

Theodor Seuss Geisel, far better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. He wrote his first books as alternatives to the standard, duller "beginning reader" books of the time (the late 1950s). His work influenced countless writers of today.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Moment With: Olney's Jewish Book Discussion Group

At 3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month, a group has been gathering to discuss a variety of titles that relate to Jewish experience as portrayed in literature. Olney's group started last fall and has already grown to nearly 20 members. You do not have to be Jewish to join the discussion--everyone is welcome! You can pick up a copy of the next month's book from the Information Desk at the library on a first-come, first-served basis.

So far, the group has read these titles:
  • The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
  • Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • Rashi’s Daughters: Book lll by Maggie Anton

The next books to be discussed are:
  • When Grant Expelled the Jews by Joseph Sarna 
  • A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

Happy reading!