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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things CoverDinaw MengestuJoin us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for an opening night reception to celebrate our selection for DC Reads 2014: The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.

Special appearance by author Dinaw Mengestu at 7 p.m.

Meet-and-greet with the author to follow at 8 p.m.

Food and drinks provided by the DC Public Library Foundation.

This program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss the 2014 DC Reads selection: Dinaw Mengestu's 2006 novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Ethiopian CoffeeExperience a bit of Ethiopian culture by participating in an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. The ritual of preparing the coffee will be demonstrated, along with an explanation of the three-step purpose of serving the coffee.

Experience the cultural and spiritual significance of the coffee as it is taken through its full life cycle of preparation.

Books about Ethiopia will be available for check out. Coffee will be available for tasting. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

6:00 p.m.

DC Public Library has lined up two special documentary films about life of African immigrants in the United States and their connection to the complex issues facing their home countries. Both shows start at 6 p.m. in Room A-5.

  • Oct. 21: A film focusing on refugees from war-torn Sudan.
  • Nov. 4: The story of a West African woman in Philadelphia seeking asylum for her daughter.

This program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:30 p.m.

The Beautiful Things that Heaven BearsYou are cordially invited to join us for a discussion of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Attend a database demonstration that explores DC Public Library’s genealogical and historical online resources highlighting the Black Studies and Washingtoniana Collections. Learn how to research house histories, census data, maps, telephone directories and more.

With your DC Public Library card, tracing your family history has never been easier.

This program is part of the DC Reads series of events. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

4:30 p.m.
Wooden Mancala Board






 


During Lamond-Rigg's weekly Teen Wii Game Night, we will focus on building and playing our own Mancala games!
 
Mancala is one of the oldest board games in the world and it is very popular in Africa.

In honor of this year's DC Reads selectinon, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu, teens can enjoy exploring a little bit of African culture by playing this mathematical strategy game.
 
6:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverNOTE: This is an off-site event.  Meet at 6 p.m. in Logan Circle for the walking tour.

To date, the DC By the Book (DCBTB) project has 11 fiction excerpts entered for The Beautiful Things That Heavens Bears and 50+ for the Dupont/Logan Circle neighborhoods. We'll be curating a selection of our favorites, complemented by historical context and photographs. We'll showcase a brand-new tour in the DCBTB app as we go. DCBTB is a collaboration between DC Public Library, local partners, and the public to crowd-source passages from fiction set in D.C. and place them on a custom map of the city. Learn more at dcbythebook.org.

Get a leg up and download the app in advance:

For iPhones, search DC By the Book tours in iTunes.

For Android, search DC By the Book tours in Google Play.

DC By the Book logoThis program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.
 

6:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

6:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2:00 p.m.

The October title for Legends & Lore DC is the DC Reads 2014 selection The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.

Monday, October 27, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu, a DC Reads 2014 selection.

Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again

DC Reads is a DC Public Library literacy program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide celebrations for teens and adults that focus on one book. Each year a new book is selected by a public voting process, with thousands of votes cast at libraries and bookstores around the city.

The Young Prose Book Meetup is a casual and friendly book Meetup for young professionals in DC between the ages of 21 and 35, but no one is ever turned away, who like discussing books and drinking beer! We usually meet on the last Wednesday evening of each month at Kitty O'Sheas DC in Tenleytown. Please RSVP to victor.benitez@dc.gov or visit http://www.meetup.com/youngprose.

7:30 p.m.

Cover image Beautiful Things Heaven BearsJoin us at the Petworth Library as we discuss The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bearsthe 2014 DC Reads selection.

Set in D.C. of the 1970s, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears tells the story of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant who fled his country's revolution 17 years prior. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American neighborhood, with only other African immigrants for friends, and all the while longing for his home continent.

As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again.

It is the debut novel by Dinaw Mengestu, an Ethiopian immigrant and resident of Washington D.C.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Petworth Library.   

Saturday, November 1, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Beautiful Things coverNOTE: This is an off-site event.  Meet at 6 p.m. in Logan Circle for the walking tour.

To date, the DC By the Book (DCBTB) project has 11 fiction excerpts entered for The Beautiful Things That Heavens Bears and 50+ for the Dupont/Logan Circle neighborhoods. We'll be curating a selection of our favorites, complemented by historical context and photographs. We'll showcase a brand-new tour in the DCBTB app as we go. DCBTB is a collaboration between DC Public Library, local partners, and the public to crowd-source passages from fiction set in D.C. and place them on a custom map of the city.  Learn more at dcbythebook.org.

Get a leg up and download the app in advance:

For iPhones, search DC By the Book tours in iTunes.

For Android, search DC By the Book tours in Google Play.

DC By the Book logoThis program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

6:00 p.m.

DC Public Library has lined up two special documentary films about life of African immigrants in the United States and their connection to the complex issues facing their home countries. Both shows start at 6 p.m. in Room A-5.

  • Oct. 21: A film focusing on refugees from war-torn Sudan.
  • Nov. 4: The story of a West African woman in Philadelphia seeking asylum for her daughter.

This program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:00 p.m.

The CCHDC Book Club will discuss the DC Reads selection, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu at the Chevy Chase Community Center.

All are welcome!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

10:30 a.m.

As part of DC Reads, we will explore Africa through stories, music and a craft.

6:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

1:30 p.m.
DC Reads book for 2014 The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Join us to discuss 2014 DC Reads book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.


It's the '70s, and one impoverished, African-American Washington, D.C. neighborhood is undergoing big changes. In the mix is Ethiopian grocery owner Sepha Stephanos -- a man with a complex past who fled his homeland after seeing his father brutalized and beaten to death in the Ethiopian Revolution, 17 years earlier. Eventually, he begins to assemble a group of people who resemble a community, but once again his "family" is threatened, this time by a series of racially charged incidents.
 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Attend a database demonstration that explores DC Public Library’s genealogical and historical online resources highlighting the Black Studies and Washingtoniana Collections. Learn how to research house histories, census data, maps, telephone directories and more.

With your DC Public Library card, tracing your family history has never been easier.

This program is part of the DC Reads series of events. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.