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.
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. - Kit Ballenger
A short quiet book told in ththe voice of a dog, left behind by death, who finds two children also left behind. His story evolves in the time they find shelter from a storm. Clearly not a book for every child but a book that celebrates the power of words, especiallynpowtry and the special relationship between a human and a dog. A read aloud that could create lots of opportunity for conversation. (edie Ching, 7-10)
An alphabet driven tale with as many twists and turns as the spare, energetic illustrations on white space depicting a dog and mouse in a game of chase -- and catch. The concept is not lost in all of the activity, though, as each letter is highlighted in bright colors. Up to Seven.
Lily’s aging dog wanders onto the blueberry farm where Salma’s family works each summer, and the girls make quick friends. Both girls know loss and work together to navigate life’s changes toward an optimistic future.
A charming story of an unlikely friendship between Diva, a small and settled dog, and Flea, a wandering alley cat. Each learns to venture from their comfort zone to experience and share their worlds. DiTerlizzi’s elegant illustrations beautifully capture the look and feel of Paris.
Stanley the beagle keeps his family awake at night with his noisy tinkering. The cartoon style illustrations and hilarious conclusion makes this silly picture book an experience the whole family will enjoy.
Pencil with exaggerated cartoon silliness shows a nameless dog plotting his game of “ball” throughout the day with members of his family. This wordless story shows the dog, by turns, hopeful, puzzled, eager, frustrated, frightened, and, ultimately, joyous.
A dog plays the painter in this clever introduction to the Belgian surrealist, Magritte. When he attempts to control his muse (an impetuous bowler hat), a game of hide-and-seek ensues through mixed-media parodies of his famous paintings while cellophane pages enhance the visual tricks.