Monday, July 10, 2017

Download E-books from the DC Public Library this Summer

Did you know that DC residents can download e-books from the DC Public Library? Go to the website and click on E-Content to search for content. (Click here if you need a library card.)

While you're (virtually) visiting the library, register for the Summer Reading 2017 program. This year's list for four year olds (our son's age) includes activities like looking for objects in your home that start with a particular letter and acting out a story you've read together.

After downloading the Kindle and OverDrive apps, I found a wide selection of children's picture and early reader books. This summer vacation, I look forward to reading them to our four year old and even listening to narrated books together as the pages turn on their own. I also look forward to lighter luggage!

Is reading on a device the same as reading a physical book together? Maybe not, but if your child interacts with the book and you interact with your child, more reading and together time is always better than less. We started with listening to Robo-Sauce written and narrated by Adam Rubin and shared some serious giggles. Next up: acting out the book.

Happy literary and light-weight summer travels!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Spavelko!

Composer Lauren Spavelko set some of my poems about a miscarriage to music. And her composition, Baby Book, won the Young Composers Competition dedicated to Gian Carlo Menotti in Spoleto, Italy! Congratulations, Lauren! I'm very honored to be a small part of her inspiration and this project.

The Monini Foundation with Casa Menotti founded the competition "to promote the activity of some of the most promising figures of the new musical generation." The prize will be awarded this month during the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto and the entire cycle will be performed in Spoleto on August 10 as part of Incontri Musicali.

If you'd like updates about recording and concerts for Lauren Spavelko's composition Baby Book, sign up here.

Auguri, Lauren! If you find yourselves in Spoleto, Italy, for the festival on August 10th, do congratulation Lauren!