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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(All day)

LOL Movie at MLK Teen SpaceJoin us at the MLK Teen Space for a great movie in our Teen Lounge on the first and third Thursday of every month. 

We show many popular movies as soon as they are released on DVD and are in the library collection. We also show an occasional anime show or movie to tie into the Manga Club program at Teen Space.  

Ages 13-19.

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.

book cover for Fanzines : the DIY revolution by Teal TriggsMake awesome things! Get your DIY on! Explore cool STEAM innovations! Win stuff!

At the End of the Summer Maker Party, visit a variety of maker stations, meet new friends, and have fun. Earn the STEM Badge, Get Crafty, Game On and Digital DIY Badges at this event.

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.

4:30 p.m.

Metro Teen AIDSMetro TeenAIDS (MTA) provides free, quick, and confidential HIV/STI testing every month in the parking lot of the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library. Individuals, ages 13-24, will receive sexual health information and materials, and may get referrals to counseling services.

Join MTA inside Benning the third Thursday of each month, 4:30-7:30 p.m. For more information about Metro TeenAIDS, visit or their teen-centered site

If the third Thursday of each month doesn't work for your schedule, try another day of the week! MTA provides HIV/STI testing at three other Library locations through December 2014.

  • Anacostia - second Tuesday of each month
  • Bellevue - fourth Monday of each month
  • Parklands-Turner - first Wednesday of each month
4:30 p.m.

Wii ControllerLove games? So do we!

Challenge yourself to entertaining and exciting games against your peers with board games, Wii, PS2 and more! We also have brand new board games like Apples to Apples!

Game nights are every Thursday at 4:30 p.m!

Photo by Hachimaki on Flickr
5:00 p.m.

clip art nintendo controllerSports, dancing, or a little MarioKart?

Bring your friends and your A-game for a night of Wii gaming, pizza and snacks. 

Every Thursday in the Teen Lounge @ the Folio upstairs!

All teens and kids 8 and older are welcome from 5-8 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

Film slate imageTeens will create Vine or Instagram videos using weird props & DIY backdrops on their own mobile devices or a DCPL iPad. Earn the STEM and Get Crafty Badges at this event.

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.

5:30 p.m.

So you think your moves are HOT!

Come join a friendly competition; a dance off
using the Wii!

Come dance your pain away

Every Thursday night at 5:30pm

Wii Dance OffAges 13-19

6:00 p.m.

Come and participate in the chess club activities at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Every Thursday, engage your chess moves with other players.
This program is open to youth ages 10 to 16.  Call 202-715-7707 for more information.

6:30 p.m.

cartoon people playing video gameCome join the Southwest Neighborhood Library for game nights!

Come play a host of Wii video games or enjoy a nice board game.

Game nights will be every Monday and Wednesday night.

6:30 p.m.

movieBefore you let the summer go, chill out with princess, an iceman, a reindeer, and a snowman. Come watch and sing along to this fun movie. Bring food and pillows to add to your enjoyment. 

For more information, call 202-727-1449.

6:30 p.m.

GNG Guitars Not Guns is a free national music program that uses music as a catalyst to encourage children and teens. This music program fosters personal development and encourage youths to use their creativity to divert themselves from self destructive influences to positive self empowerment. Participants who finish the program of 10 weeks will be rewarded with their very own personal guitar!

Parent or guardian permission is required to attend this class. Each class consists of a maximum of 10 students so please sign up early!

Ages 8-18

7:00 p.m.

Buster Keaton

Join us for a weekly silent film at our local neighbor Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Before each delightful film, library staff will give a short talk about the star and the range of movies available on the Internet Archive.

  August 7 - An Evening with Gloria Swanson - three films from this iconic actress
Danger Girl
  August 14 - The Cameraman by Buster Keaton - the master's hilarious first film for MGM.
The Cameraman

  August 21 - All Night with Rudolph Valentino - Ooh la la - romance from this screen legend!
All Night
August 28 - Mary Pickford's Pollyanna - one of the first child stars in a silent version of this classic children's tale.

N.B. These films will be held at Hill Center at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

7:30 p.m.

Five Days at MemorialJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Dr. Sheri Fink's 2013 nonfiction title, Five Days at Memorial.

In the book, Dr. Fink explores the desperate life and death decisions of the staff at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina--and the later legal consequences of these choices. 

This meeting is part of DC Public Library's ongoing celebration of Adult Summer Reading. Want to learn more? Check out

Friday, August 22, 2014

1:00 p.m.

2014 Logos

As August draws to a close, we want to end our summer programming with a Fizz...Boom...BANG during our Summer Reading Finale!
Do you enjoy dancing, especially in the company of your friends? Come on, Spark a Reaction, Turn Up and Move! To participate in our "Wii Love to Dance" competition you must register for your age group in advance. Stop by Rosedale Neighborhood Library to sign up for the competition between August 13 – 20, please note that space is limited, so it is first come, first served!
Wii Dance1On Friday, August 22nd the "Wii Love To Dance" competition begins at:
1 p.m. for 8 - 11 year olds,
2 p.m. for 12 - 15 year olds,
and 3 p.m. for 16 - 19 year olds.
Winners of each group will receive the a Chipotle coupon and the title of Rosedale's "Wii Love To Dance Champion"!

parachute play

We will also have age-appropriate activities for our younger friends to enjoy:
1 p.m.: Bubbles and Parachute Play 
2 p.m.: Family Group Games (children and their parents partner to play games like "Water Balloon Catch"; "Red Light, Green Light"; "Simon Says," etc)
3:15 p.m.: S.T.E.A.M. Theme Story Time

We're looking forward to having a blast with you on Friday, August 22!

2:00 p.m.

RobotCelebrate the end of summer! From 2-5:30 p.m. we'll have fun activities in the Children's Room including crafts, games, music, and a movie! Don't forget to bring your Summer Reading logs in to claim your prizes! Children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend.

3:00 p.m.

On Fridays at 3 p.m. children will do different science experiments and learn the principles behind them and then watch a related movie. Program will run from July 11 to August 22 (7 programs total) and is appropriate for 6-12 year old children. For information about the next experiment and movie please come by the Georgetown Children's Room and ask a librarian!

3:30 p.m.

Using the concepts of lift, drag, thrust, and gravity, design your own paper glider or plane.  Then, test whose aircraft can stay in the air the longest.  All ages are welcome.  Registration is required.

4:00 p.m.

board gamesTeens are invited to start the weekend off right with a little bit of friendly board game competition. Come on over, set aside the technology and enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun.

Patrons ages 13-19.

Please call 202-698-0183 with any questions.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Image of a blind man and a young girl reading a print braille bookAdaptive Services Division is accepting applications for their Braille literacy class on Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting August 9, 2014 – September 27, 2014.

This class is for beginning braille users (All ages).

Space is limited. For more information, please call 202-727-2142, or email .

10:30 a.m.

Storytime fun for the whole family.

11:00 a.m.

coffee cupDC has more good coffee than ever with gourmet coffee shops popping up every day, and the range of deliciousness is huge. Join us for two Saturdays of fun, guided tasting activities with our friends from Peregrine Espresso and MadCap Coffee. These coffee enthusiasts will explore the finer points of appreciating good coffee. Yum!

12:00 p.m.

Trading Card Meetup logoCan't get enough of Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering?

Prepare to exhibit your trading card prowess at this day-long event in the Great Hall. Enjoy swapability at the expense of your opponents and win weekly bragging rights. 

Players will meet until 5 p.m. in the lounge area in front of the Digital Commons. Games are open to adults and teens and tournaments will be held twice a year.

So, come one, come all; just come ready.

3:30 p.m.

Gamer's Galore at MLK Library Teen SpaceCome to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Teen Space to get your game on every Saturday afternoon.  From our variety of board games and trading card games to our stock of video games for the Nintendo Wii and XBox 360, we have something for everyone to play and enjoy!

Ages 13-19. 

3:30 p.m.

Cover image for Rosie Revere, engineer
Fun, inquiry-based, hands-on experiments and literacy activities to spark your child's natural interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.  Best for children ages 5-12 years old.     

Sunday, August 24, 2014

2:00 p.m.

August Movie

After a high speed freeway police chase Madea winds up in front of Judge Mablean.  When the judge learns that the police did not mirandize Madea, she has to be
released but Judge Mablean decides to put Madea in an anger management class.  As soon as Madea returns home, she finds a wild party being hosted by her brother, Joe. 
                                          Madea uses a machine gun to scare the partygoers away.

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.