Join Capitol Choices this year! We have confirmed meeting dates for 2017:
Those dates with an * indicate that a Board meeting will follow the regular discussion. All meetings will take place starting at 9:30 in the Auditorium at Arlington Central Library.
Help Celebrate the new Saturday Hours of the Young Reader's Center at the Library of Congress on Sat. January 28 between 9:30 and 4:30. Meg Medina and Dr. Hayden will present at 10, Erica Perl at 1. There will be lots of other activities and a surprise parade at 4.
In this character and plot rich story we meet many unforgettable characters who fill up,Salvadore Silvia'/s world. Tthe adopted son of a Mexican
American father who happens to be gay, he has a best friend Sam, a feisty girl with
attitude, a thightfu loving grandmother and a friend in need, Fito. But all the characters are
In need in this book in the way that we are all in need, of self understanding, companionship,
love, families. This is a book that looks at how to live life, face grief, find self awareness
understand love. Sound ambitious, yes......and memorable. Edie Ching (14 and uo)
Amina shares with us her shyness, her jealousy when her best friend welcomes the friendship of another,
her worries about her brother. She jus happens to be Muslim.
When, in the later chapters of the book her mosque is vandalized
the emphasis is on the support of the community. I appreciated
that the iman was going to participate in the dunking game at
the carnival. A story that creates a feeling of inclusiveness
This adventure story, reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, takes place in 1242 in France. Told by the author and a full cast of talented actors we learn about Jacob, a Jewish boy whose village had been burned; William, an oblate on a holy mission; Jeanne, a peasant girl who has visions; and Gwenforte, Jeanne's greyhound come to life after being killed at the beginning of the tale. The four adventurers have to deal with prejudice and persecution in their quest to save holy books from being burned. The many voices bring this well-researched book to life and you do feel you are traveling with them in France. Maria E. Gentle 10-14 Audio.
In 13th century France, an inquisitor hears the stories of tavern-goers who encountered three remarkable young children destined for sainthood and their already venerated dog, and then follows them, hoping to hasten their demise. A grand adventure with multiple narrators, engaging characters with special powers, and lively humor (a farting dragon; stinky cheese), this is the Middle Ages as you've never seen it before. Well-researched, too! (K. Isaacs. 10-14)
Pen Oliveira is an awesome gamer dude who happens to be a girl. So what if she likes to wear guy’s clothes? She doesn’t want to BE a guy. And when she’s harassed, her old friend Colby always has her back. Pen show her loyalty to Colby by helping him hook up with girls. Then she befriends his ex, Olivia, and falls for kick-ass Blake, who rejected Colby. As Pen finds her loyalties shifting, her home life is falling apart. Her supportive brother moves out, and her traditional Portuguese parents want Pen to dress like a girl and show “respect.” As she struggles with the conflicting pulls on her loyalty, Pen finally “mans up” demonstrating what real respect and loyalty are. An honest portrayal of a young woman who learns to stand up for her values and her unique identity. Fourteen and up. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
Though they are good friends, Hector sometimes tires of Hummingbird, but when the bear goes off into the Peruvian jungle on his own he misses the bird's company. The body language in these illustrations is particularly expressive., Hummingbird's constant chatter is even visually annoying. The jungle animals (a seek-and-find key is in the back) are an extra treat. (Up to Seven. K. Isaacs)
Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, believes she is a girl even though she looks like a boy. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, for his love of a certain treat, has a problem he is dealing with- bipolar disorder. Dunkin has recently moved to Florida with his mother and they both live with grandma. There is a tragedy Dunkin is trying to deal with that at the moment is bigger than he is. One day, Lily and Dunkin meet and a friendship is formed which will change their lives forever. Beautifully voiced by Ryan Gesell and Michael Crouch with touches of humor, courage and love. Ages 10+ Maria E. Gentle
Sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years. After a panic attack at school he has been home schooled and not stepped out. When Lisa learns of his whereabouts she decides to take him on as a project that may help her get into the second-best psychology program in the country. She forms a friendship with Solomon and eventually brings her boyfriend Clark into the mix with undesirable results. Narrated by Robbie Daymond and Julia Whelan in a most heartfelt and honest voice. Ages 14 Maria E. Gentle
Hermione Winters has always been popular. She is the head cheerleader, smart,talented, liked. When at a party while at cheerleading camp her drink is drugged and someone rapes her, her world could have come to an end. But she is strong and has a great girlfriend and supportive parents. Her life does not end, it does change. When she finds out she is pregnant, decisions need to be made. A unique voice, a solidly narrated audiobook that will suck you right in and will open your heart to Hermione. 14+ Maria E. Gentle
Dario travels to Cape Cod in the spring so that his mother can find work. While trying to make friends along the shore, Dario develops a bond with a right whale calf who is also far from home. Alternating perspectives and bright, effervescent illustrations capture the tender relationship formed across sand and waves. Information on right whales is appended. Anonymous. Up to Seven.