Tips for reading over break

It’s time for winter break!  Hopefully, your days will be filled with much-deserved relaxation!  Reading a good book is a great way to wind down after months of intense virtual learning.  Below are tips to help you find and read great books over break.  Set a goal to read 20 minutes a day!

Your public libraries are open!

Thousands of books are yours for the reading for free!  DC Public Library has several branches open, including the branch in Chevy Chase.  They’re open most weekdays from 10-6 (closed 2-3 for cleaning).  It would be worth reading their explanation of what services are provided so that you know what to expect.  If you don’t have a library card, you can sign up for one online!  Their hours are restricted some for the holidays.

Everyone who lives in DC can join Montgomery County Public Library’s amazing system! There are two library branches convenient to Chevy Chase. If you go shopping or dining in Bethesda, Connie Morella Library is close to Giant (7400 Arlington Road). Chevy Chase Library is up Connecticut Avenue, beside the Fire Department (8005 Connecticut Avenue). The branches are closed to the public, but you can place holds on books and pick them up at your local branchSign up for a library card today!

Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks

If you can’t make it to the public library, you still have access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks!  As a DCPS student, you can always access books on Destiny Discover, Sora and Epic.  The public libraries provide other ebook services; Hoopla from Montgomery Public Library is great!  You can find a list of ebook and audiobook websites on the Lafayette Library website.  Check the collections often; more ebooks and audiobooks are being purchased all the time!

Visit the Lafayette Library website

Browse the virtual shelves for winter stories or books to give you a fright.  See what Ms. Leese has been reading and learn about her favorite books.  Find how-to videos to help with virtual learning.  Do a deep dive on something that interests you on PebbleGo or Britannica.  All of these resources and more are on the library website!  You can access Lafayette Library’s website anytime from Clever or the Lafayette Tech page. 

Use Novelist K-8 to pick your next book
Novelist Plus K-8 is provided by DCPL to its patrons, and it’s a fantastic tool!  You can search for a book, author, genre and more, and it will recommend other books that you might enjoy!  Ms. Leese created a video that walks you through its main features.  A DCPL card is required to use this, so get one today!

Take the Reading Without Walls Challenge!

Break is a great time to try something new!  Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang set the Reading Without Walls Challenge to help us read outside our comfort zone.  It has three parts:

1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like you.

2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun (i.e. graphic novel, novel in verse, picture book, etc.)