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    Summer Reading

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2:00 p.m.

scientist groupExplore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with hands-on activities. Each week will be a different adventure!

  • Wednesday, June 25 - Volcano Madness
  • Wednesday, July 2 - Bubble Mania
  • Wednesday, July 16 - Space Exploration with 826DC
  • Wednesday, July 23 - Make Your Own Ice Cream with 826DC
  • Wednesday, July 30 - Make-Believe Science with 826DC
  • Wednesday, August 6 - Build a Bridge
  • Wednesday, August 13 - Marshmallow Engineering
  • Wednesday, August 20 - Gross Out Science


826dc logo826DC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

These activities are recommended for kids ages 6-12.

3:00 p.m.

Come by the library with you questions about job seeking, resumes and basic computer skills and we'll help.  First come, first serve. 

3:00 p.m.

This workshop will feature how to maximize the use of Microsoft Word résumé templates to create a dynamic résumé that sets yours apart from the thousands received by an employer.  Several websites will be explored to expand your knowledge and effective use of keywords and action verbs, with an emphasis on why both are important to your résumé construction. You will also learn to compose your cover letter, so that it provides the perfect introduction to your résumé and effectively solicits an interview.  Instruction in the above will occur during the first hour of the workshop and the opportunity to work on your own résumé individually will be available during second hour of Lab time.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Rm. 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Word II Intermediate. Please see below for required documents.

You will learn:
•    Different résumé styles, e.g. chronological, functional, etc., and which one works best for your work history.
•    The basic structure of résumé content and the effective use of keywords & action verbs
•    The various ways to save a résumé
•    Different styles of cover letters
•    Essential cover letter content
•    The best format for submitting or uploading a résumé and a cover letter online

Required Documents: Please bring your own flash drive with your résumé saved on it or be prepared to download your résumé from your established email account.

•    If you have a paper copy of your résumé, please feel free to bring it and we will scan it into an editable format, so that you can work on it during Lab time. Please have an established email account to which your résumé can be sent.

•    If you do not have a résumé at all, please bring enough information regarding your work history, education, and career goals to begin to populate a MS Word résumé template during Lab time. Please have an established email account to which your résumé can be sent.

3:30 p.m.

It's Wednesday afternoon; need a mid-week break from the summer heat? Come by the Palisades Library to watch a teen movie!
If you've never been to the Palisades, you can earn your Library Love Badge for Summer Reading

An activity will be available at 3 p.m.; movies will begin at 3:30 p.m. and be rated PG or PG-13. Snacks will be provided.

Wednesday Movie Night film reel

Photo courtesy of popturfdotcom on Flickr.

3:30 p.m.

Join us for songs, books and more!

A program for children 12-24 months.

Registration required: To sign up, come in or call us at 202-282-0021.

4:00 p.m.

Chess instruction for kids of all ages.

4:00 p.m.

storytimehenPlease join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children 3 to 5 years old and their caregivers.

For questions, please call the children’s reference desk at 202-727-1449.

4:00 p.m.

fine arts Children are invited to explore their creative side during this fun, monthly program. Come discover a passion for dance, painting, music and more as we learn it's never too early to appreciate the Arts!

Arts in the Library is held on the third Wednesday of every month

Children ages 5-12. 

Please call 202-698-0183 with any questions.

4:00 p.m.

The Graphic Novel Book Club meets once a month to talk about graphic novels, enjoy themed snacks and complete crafts and activities related to the book of the month.

Recommended for ages 7-10. 

4:00 p.m.

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

Ages 6-12

Please call 202-698-0183 if you have any questions.

4:00 p.m.

Explore with a different hands-on Science activity every Wednesday afternoon.  Ages 5+.  

4:00 p.m.

Spark a Reaction Logo and Badges

Stop by the Teen Space at Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library all July and August and earn badges for Teen Summer Reading. On Wednesdays we will always have an activity relating to blue badges and on Thursdays we do yellow. 1 Yellow + 1 Blue = Free Chipotle. 2 Yellow + 2 Blue = Nats tickets and a chance to win big!

Spark a Reaction
this summer to win prizes!
Check our calendar for more events at your library. 
Click here for complete info about the Library’s Summer Reading Programs and sponsors. 
4:00 p.m.

board gamesTweens, looking for a way to spend your summer afternoons? Join us for some board game action at Petworth Library! Challenge your friends and make new ones while playing some classic favorites such as Clue, Candy Land, Life, Monopoly and many more. 

Program will occur in the Children's Program Room.
Ages 9-12.

4:30 p.m.

Come in after school to play board games, cards or do puzzles. 

Recommended for ages 4-12. All children under 9 must be supervised by a parent or guardian over the age of 13. 

5:00 p.m.

Read the book and watch the movie! Each month will feature a new title chosen especially for teens! Join the discussion, answer trivia and enjoy a great movie.
Tomorrow When The War BeganREAD THIS BOOK:
This month, visit the library to pick up a copy of Tomorrow when the War Began, by John Marsden. Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.

The unsuspecting citizens of Spokane, Washington, wake up one morning to the shocking sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky in a surprise attack on the United States. Soon the entire city is under enemy control, but a group of courageous teenagers has decided to fight back, waging an all-out war against the invaders, to take back their town and their freedom!   RATED PG-13

5:30 p.m.

Get a basic, hands-on overview of the HTML and JavaScript programming languages and discover their inter-related capacity to produce dynamic Web pages. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: A. Heibel
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate, Web I Basics, Web II Intermediate, and Email Basics. A significant amount of typing is required!

You will learn to:

  • Insert HTML tags
  • Insert JavaScript codes into HTML elements
  • Explore the JavaScript code using the alert() function
  • Insert the JavaScript onclick event into an HTML event attribute
  • Access HTML elements using the Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Use JavaScript to change HTML images and styles
  • Save your JavaScript-enhanced .html document to your flash drive or send them to your email account.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your established email account.

6:00 p.m.

pen and paperIt's your time to shine at the library!

Recite a poem, short story, or song at our Open Mic Night every other Wednesday night  until 7:30 p.m. Show off something you've been working on or share an old favorite.

The sign-up sheet will be posted from Tuesday morning until Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. First-come, first-served.

We will meet in the board room upstairs. All ages.

6:00 p.m.

Do you want to practice English? What would you like to talk about and learn?

Come to our free English Conversation Circles, where you can practice your English with others in a casual environment. They are held in a lower level conference room.

6:00 p.m.

dancing banana gifHave you been wishing you could make awesome animated GIFs just like they do on Buzzfeed? Well, wonder no more! This hour-long class will show you how to create your very own GIFs using Photoshop CS6 and copyright-free video.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend "Introduction to Photoshop" before taking this class.

6:30 p.m.

Owl readingWe'll read stories, sing songs, and perform finger plays together.  

Come with your family and enjoy a a story before bedtime.  

Ages birth to 5 with family.  

7:00 p.m.

The Orphan Master's SonJoin DC Public Library librarians on the third Wednesday of each month at a neighborhood bar for a modern-day book club.  Books & Bars is a book club that promises great food, drinks, a comfortable atmosphere, and great discussion on today’s most intriguing books.
August 20, Books & Bars will be discussing The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson at Bistro D'oc518 10th St NW across from Ford's Theater.

Arrive early at 6:30pm for socializing; book discussion will begin at 7 p.m.  To ensure seating for all, please let us know to expect you. For further information and to RSVP,  contact Kari Mitchell at
7:00 p.m.

PJ BearA family story time with books, songs, and rhymes before bed.

For kids of all ages. 

7:00 p.m.

Summer Reading DNAXavier Brown is the director of urban agriculture at The Green Scheme. This program focuses on their new project Code Green: Using Urban Agriculture to Bring the Neighbor Back to the Hood. Code Green is a community empowerment program that uses gardening, tree plantings cooking and nutrition classes currently taking place at Wheeler Terrace.

7:00 p.m.

Ages 4 and up are invited to come explore scientific concepts and conduct fun experiments. For the final week of this program we will learn about catapults. Participants will create their own specimens and test them with a variety of safe materials.

cowmoonBring your stuffed animal buddy, wear your pj's, and enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, music and movement.
This program is for children from birth to age 6.

7:00 p.m.

sleepoverJoin us for the third annual Petworth Library Stuffed Animal Sleepover!
Wear your pj's and bring a stuffed animal that will spend the night at the library for exciting adventures.
All children will make a keepsake photo album that will feature pictures of their plush pals.
This program is for ages 0-6.

7:00 p.m.

Three Parts Dead cover imageNovum's book club pick for August is Max Gladstone's Three Parts Dead, a necromantic romp through a steampunk city where vampires run nightclubs and gods keep the sewers running.

Novum, MLK's sci-fi & fantasy book club, meets every 3rd Wednesday in the MLK Popular Library. Join our mailing list to receive event reminders, author news, and more!

7:00 p.m.

Image of book cover for "The Golden Honeymoon" by Ring LardnerScreening and discussion of "The Golden Honeymoon" from the American Short Story Collection as seen on PBS and adapted from the short story by Ring Lardner (1885-1933), starring James Image of James Whitmore and Teresa Wright starring in "The Golden Honeymoon"Whitmore and Teresa Wright.  Location: St. Mary's Court, 725 24th Street, NW

7:00 p.m.

Arts and crafts for children's of all ages.

A program for children and their families.

7:30 p.m.

We know that downloading library e-books and audiobooks can be confusing, even for the tech-savvy among us. That is why we offer personalized assistance on a drop-in basis.

Need help checking out digital materials, downloading them, or transferring library media to your e-book reader, tablet, smartphone, or MP3 player?

Stop by the Georgetown Neighborhood Library on Wednesday evenings, and we'll get you sorted out. Bring your device and your library card with you.

Also, bring your laptop if you need help downloading onto a Nook or an MP3 player that is not also a smartphone.

Can't make it on Wednesday evenings? Email or call 202-727-0232 to set up an appointment at a more convenient time.