06/29/2014 - 12am


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

(All day)

ChessAre you interested in playing Chess?

We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!

For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Email troy.bent@dc.gov for more information or call 202-727-0321.

(All day)

Sample image of event fler for WordsOutOn Sunday, June 29, The DC Public Library is hosting a new premier annual literary event called WordsOut.

WordsOut is a scholarly component to the Library's participation in the Annual Pride parade and the Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, and was the name of a prominent gay men's writing group of the MLK Library in the 1980s and 1990s.

For 2014 WordsOut will be held at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, Sunday, June 29, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The keynote speaker for WordsOut 2014 will be esteemed mathematics professor and fiction author Manil Suri.

An introduction to the Day's event will be given by the DC Council's Education Chairman David Catania.

This link will take you to the registration via the eventBrite website

Participation in WordsOut is free, but seats are limited.
Participants must register via this link to EventBrite website to secure their participation. 


Keynote Speaker Manil Suri is the author of The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi. His fiction has won several awards and been translated into twenty-seven languages. He was raised in Mumbai and currently resides with his partner in Silver Spring, MD. He is professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The City of Devi has been listed as #12 in Flavorwire's list of 50 essential works of LGBT fiction. It is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (General Gay Fiction) and the Bisexual Fiction Award. To see more on the work of Manil Suri, go to http://manilsuri.com/

View the DC Public Library's holdings of Manil Suri's work

Cover art for The Ages of Vishnu by Manil suriCover art for the novel City of Devi, by author Manil suriCover art for the novel The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri

Daisy Hernández
is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir coming out this fall from Beacon Press. The coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism (Seal Press). Hernandez is the former editor of ColorLines magazine and regularly lectures about feminism, race, and media representations. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, Ms. magazine, CultureStrike, In These Times, Fourth Genre, Bellingham Review and Hunger Mountain. She’s the Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill for 2014-2015. To see more on the work of Daisy Hernández, go to www.daisyhernandez.com.
Lyle Blake Smythers  is an actor, writer, and librarian who lives in Alexandria, VA. In 2012 his first heroic fantasy novel Feasting With Panthers, was published by Pink Narcissus Press. He has written fiction, poetry, satire, and book reviews for Manscape, FirstHand, Playguy, The William and Mary Review, Insights, School Library Journal, Children's Literature Review, and the original anthology Queer Fish. His second novel, the urban fantasy Death by Sin, is forthcoming in 2015 from Bold Strokes Books.
Philip Clark is the co-editor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (2010) and A Kind of Endlessness: The Selected Poems of Donald Britton(forthcoming).  Locally, he serves on the board of the Rainbow History Project.  At present, he is at work researching a mid-century gay social history told through the story of H. Lynn Womack and Washington DC's Guild Press.  Excerpts from this research were recently published in the essay anthology 1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage (2013).

Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Native American Trans Performance Artist, activist, and consultant from Baltimore MD.  Speaking out against oppression and the state of marginalized people since she was a child, she appeared on the Mary Carter Smith show at the age of 11 performing poetry.  Blending the power of words and performance, she has produced her own cabarets since the age of 17. On the 2013 publishing of her groundbreaking novel Yemaya’s Daughters, she became the first DC Trans woman of color Dc to publish a novel. To see more on the work of Dane Figueroa Edidi, go to http://www.ladydanefe.com/
Jonathan Harper  graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing in May 2010 and has stories featured in Chelsea Station, Defenestration Magazine, Velvet Mafia and in the anthologies A Touch of the Sea (ed. Steve Berman, Lethe Press 2012, Wilde Stories 2008 (ed. Steve Berman, Lethe Press 2008) and Homewrecker (ed. Daphne Gottlieb, Soft Skull Press 2005). His essay on the author, Richard Hall, appeared in the anthology The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered (ed. Tom Cardamone, Haiduk Press 2010).
Dan Vera is the author of Speaking Wiri Wiri, (Red Hen Press, 2013)and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight, (Beothuk Books, 2009). His manuscript The Guide to Imaginary Monuments was selected by Orlando Ricardo Menes, for the 2012 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. To see more on the work of Dan Vera, go to www.danvera.com

Craig Laurance Gidney writes contemporary, young adult and genre fiction.  Gidney’s first collection, Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror category. Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press),a YA novel, appeared in 2013. Skin Deep Magic, (Rebel Satori Press) is his third book. Gidney lives and writes in his native Washington, DC. To see more on the work of Graig Laurence Gidney, go to www.craiglaurancegidney.com

View the DC Public Library's holdings of Craig Lawrence Gidney's work

Cover art for sea, swalow me the novel by Craig Lawrence GidneyCover art for Bereft, the novel by Craig Lawrence Gidney



David Mariner is the Executive Director of the DC Center, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community center of Washington DC.  He is also a consultant, advocate, and activist who works to provide people with the tools, the training, and the support they need in order to make meaningfull changes in their communities. Mr Mariner's work centers around three core areas: HIV/AIDS Advocacy, LGBTI Equality, and Progressive Politics. His professional specialties are advocacy, fundraising, grant writing, program management, website design, blogging, grassroots organizing, and writing. To learn more about the work of The DC Center, visit http://www.thedccenter.org/

Library staff presentations for 2014 will include information about library resources for readers and writers, including information about self publishing tools by Michael Price of the DC Public Library Digital Commons, Information about the DC Public Library Community Archives, by Derek Gray of the Washingtoniana Division, and information about library databases by Rob Schneider of the Watha T Daniel - Shaw Library.

Each June, the DC Public Library will invite LGBTQ writers, poets, publishers, and librarians to gather and learn about local & national trends in writing, publishing and other literary pursuits.  The Library is pleased to offer so much to this community and the wider community of readers and learners in Washington, DC.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE Keynotes, Readings, Lectures, Workshops, Success stories, Roundtables, Industry presentations, Poetry forums, Networking, LGBT Advocacy at area libraries, Getting started, Getting published, Genre discussions, Library resources & services, Getting local authors into public library collections
WordsOut is co-hosted by: DC Public Library Staff: Robert Schneider & Edgardo Guerrero, and Author-Promoter, and DC LGBT Writing Advocate: Craig Lawrence Gidney

1:00 p.m.

Come play with us! We will provide classic board and card games, as well as Duplo blocks!

All day Sunday (1-5 p.m.) in the Children’s Room.

1:00 p.m.

This series is for people who have never before used a computer.  Participants will learn to use the mouse and keyboard, begin to navigate the Internet and even use email.

Week 1: Intro to Computers
Week 2: Intro to Typing
Week 3: Intro to the Internet
Week 4: Intro to Gmail

For all workshops, students can sign up by either registering ahead of time with Byte Back (202-529-3395) or by showing up at the workshop the day it is scheduled. Registration is first come, first served.

Students who register ahead of time will have a saved spot in the workshop that expires at the start of the class. If a registered student is not in their seat at the start of the class, they may lose their spot to a walk-in student.  

IMLS LogoByteBack LogoCurriculum and training provided by ByteBack.

Technology for this program made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

1:00 p.m.

bookmanJoin us for a book-tastic  time filled with fun!

A book club just for kids promoting literacy and love for reading in children!

An open program for children ages 3-8.

1:00 p.m.

Family Math, Engineering and Science Sundays is a bi-weekly program that encourages children 3-12 to learn more about the world around them through experiments, building and other activities.

Parental/caregiver participation is suggested.

2:00 p.m.

All ages arts and crafts.

2:00 p.m.

Crafts at the librarySunday afternoons are for crafts and coloring at Francis Gregory library. Come in and make something to take home - craft, sketch, color, draw or paint!

Children ages 12 and younger and their caregivers are welcome, and all craft supplies will be provided. 

This program is intended for children ages 4-12 and their families. 

2:00 p.m.

Come spend a Sunday afternoon at the library and watch family movies.

For ages 5-12.

2:00 p.m.

Mark Twain in Washington, D. C. by John Muller is the subject of this month's discussion.

Live vicariously for a year with one of the United States' most colorful characters.

2:00 p.m.


Are you interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and/or Mathematics? Join us to design, construct, discover, create, and so much more! 

Ages 6-12.

Please call 202-727-1248 if you have any questions, or if you would like to know the specific theme for this week's STEAM Team.

2:00 p.m.

film clip artJoin us in the children's room for a movie! We will be showing new family-friendly films and old favorites in the children's room every Sunday.

Recommended for families and children ages 4+.

2:00 p.m.

Join us for games, crafts, and activities celebrating superheros. For children of all ages and their families. Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver. 

2:00 p.m.

GPM logoJoin NASA’s Global Precipitation Measure Mission! Discover how this mission collects information to help us learn about hurricanes and other extreme weather events. We’ll build towers out of household materials and test them against “hurricane” winds. Children of all ages and their parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. The event will be held in the Children’s room on the second floor of the library.

2:30 p.m.

Fizz, Boom, Read!This year's Summer Reading theme is Fizz, Boom, Read!  Join us throughout the summer to explore and get creative with STEAM-related crafts every Sunday from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Sign up for Summer Reading and earn prizes for reading all summer long!

3:00 p.m.

Join us at every Sunday afternoon to play fun board games against your friends or learn chess!

For kids 10 and older.

3:00 p.m.

Naruto and SasukeAre you ready for Anime Sunday?

Get caught up with your favorite anime! Watch the shows, read the manga and play the games!

Show off your knowledge with trivia or demonstrate your drawing skills.

Or feel free to drop in for one of our special movie showings and visit our manga collections.

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3:00 p.m.

Actors on StageHave you always wanted to be an actor? Want to dust off those drama club skills from high school? Join us this summer to read through one-act plays on Sunday afternoons! Meet in room 207 at 3 p.m. to show us your acting skills.

The one-act play is a gem of literary form, with the same depth of emotion and character development as a full-length play packed into a shortened dramatic event, a form that dates back to the Greek playwright, Euripides. Find one-acts at the library, like Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and other one-act plays.

3:00 p.m.
Sunday Smooth Jazz and Scrabble Lounge

Come relax to the sounds of Smooth Jazz in the
Sunday Smooth Jazz and Scrabble Lounge
at the Bellevue Neighborhood Library.
The Lounge opens in the Main Meeting Room on Sunday May 4 from 3 to 5 p.m.
(every other Sunday following).
                Sunday Smooth Jazz and Scrabble Lounge