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Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Marquis-style lettering for "Greatest Man in the World"

Film Screening and Discussion

West End Library

7 p.m.
Screening and discussion of The Greatest Man in the World, from the American Short Story Collection as seen on PBS and adapted from the classic short story by James Thurber (1894-1961), sta
Every Hero Has a Story

'Every Hero Has A Story' Comics Panel featuring Fantom Comics, Big Planet Comics, and Shawn Martinbrough

Tenley-Friendship Library

7 p.m.
Didn't make it to our Comics Panel at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, or simply didn't get enough?! Then join us again at Tenley-Friendship Library for another comics panel will be held featuring Big Planet Comics and Shawn Martinbrough, moderated by Esther Kim of Fantom Comics.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Forcing the Spring Book Cover

West End Nonfiction Book Club

West End Library

7 p.m.
In recognition of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on marriage equality, please join our discussion of Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, a book reviewing the controversial California ballot initiative, Proposition 8, which removed the right of gay women and men to marry. 
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Crime and Punishment Museum: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Mt. Pleasant Library

7 p.m.
Do you love to watch forensic experts and detectives solve cases on TV? Come by the library, where the Crime and Punishment Museum will show you just how true to life those shows are, and find out how crime cases are really solved.
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Downloadable Media Clinics

Georgetown Library

7:30 p.m.
Join us for these special summertime editions of our monthly Downloadable Media Clinics! As always, we will be here to provide one-on-one hands-on assistance with digital library resources, including OverDrive for e-books and e-audio, Zinio for magazines, and Criterion Collection for films.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

Free Bike Clinics

Anacostia Library

12 p.m.
Volunteers from The Bike House collective and Capitol Hill Bikes will provide bike repair services at no cost for the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library on select Saturdays this summer from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Baseball America's Pastime

Baseball: America's Pastime, Parts 1 and 2

Northeast Library

1 p.m.
Baseball has an interesting history filled with great triumphs and many downfalls. Ken Burns, in his history of baseball, has reviewed the 1920s as a key decade in the growth in popularity of baseball. This is when the great Babe Ruth came on the scene, as well as many other greats who define baseball today. Please come to a viewing of part of the video on baseball in the 1920s in the Meeting Room on the lower level.
Nacho Libre Movie Poster

Tenley-Friendship Heroic Summer

Tenley-Friendship Library

2 p.m.
“A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” –Christopher Reeve Join us as we spotlight people that persevere against overwhelming trials and become heroes in their own right.  From the real life to the fantastical, join us as we explore the idea of heroism. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

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Superhero Summer Film Series: 'Iron Man 3'

Georgetown Library

6:30 p.m.
When Tony Stark/Iron Man finds his entire world reduced to rubble, he must use all his ingenuity to survive, destroy his enemy, and somehow protect those he loves. But a soul-searching question haunts him: Does the man make the suit, or does the suit make the man? (2013), PG-13, 130 minutes
Dr. Andrew K. Johnston, Geographer, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There

West End Library

7 p.m.
Dr. Andrew K. Johnston, geographer from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, will explore the connection and social implications between time and navigation history in his new book, Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Summer Reading Logo for children.

Neighborhood Heroes: The Homestead Grays and a Changing Washington

Lamond-Riggs Library

7 p.m.
D.C.'s sports history is long and complicated: one of our first baseball teams was the Homestead Grays, a team that played in the Negro Leagues when baseball was a segregated sport. As the city they called home changed in race, class, economics, so did the Homestead Grays. 

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

DCPL Summer Reading

Crime and Punishment Museum: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Chevy Chase Library

7 p.m.
Do you love to watch forensic experts and detectives solve cases on TV? Come by the library, where the Crime and Punishment Museum will show you how the science behind analyzing blood stain patterns really works.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Fringe Music in the Library

FRINGE Music in the Library: Mellow Diamond

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
Janel Leppin is a cello virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist; an architect of acoustic and analog sound; a haunting and almost mythic singer with a sharp political consciousness. A celebrated young voice with a dedicated following on D.C.’s jazz and improvised music scene, Leppin shows off another side on Treaty, her solo debut as Mellow Diamond. It ventures even further down the ethereal path she’s blazed with the acclaimed duo Janel and Anthony, and lands her in the realm of experimental dream-pop. 

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

Nacho Libre Movie Poster

Tenley-Friendship Heroic Summer

Tenley-Friendship Library

2 p.m.
“A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” –Christopher Reeve Join us as we spotlight people that persevere against overwhelming trials and become heroes in their own right.  From the real life to the fantastical, join us as we explore the idea of heroism. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015

Into the Woods Poster

Movie Time: Into the Woods

Lamond-Riggs Library

2 p.m.
The final installment of our summer "Grown Up Fairytales" film series, Into the Woods explores what happens after "happily ever after."

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

Every Hero has a Story

City History, City Heroes: None But The Brave: The District's Black Doughboys in the Great War

Southeast Library

7 p.m.
This summer at DC Public Library Summer Reading we're exploring heroes and heroism. Join us to hear about lesser-known stories of heroism from D.C.'s history with local author C.R. Gibbs.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

Every Hero has a Story

Musical Heroes of D.C.

Northeast Library

7 p.m.
From go-go to punk, D.C.’s history is filled with music. These musical greats left their impression on our city and on other music-makers in D.C. and beyond.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Cover image of Midnight Rising

History/Biography Book Club

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

7 p.m.
The History/Biography Book Club meets monthly to discuss books about historical events and figures. Join us June-August to kick off the book club when we'll be exploring the theme of "Every hero has a story" for our summer reading program. 
Every Hero has a Story

City History, City Heroes: Agents of Danger: The Underground Railroad in DC

Lamond-Riggs Library

7 p.m.
This summer at DC Public Library Summer Reading we're exploring heroes and heroism. Join us to hear about lesser-known stories of heroism from D.C.'s history with local author C.R. Gibbs.
Cover image of The Paying Guests

Georgetown Book Club

Georgetown Library

7:30 p.m.
Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Sarah Waters' 2014 novel The Paying Guests. Set in the aftermath of WWI, the novel follows financially burdened Frances Wray as she and her mother take in lodgers whose presence leads to an affair — and a murder.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

Nacho Libre Movie Poster

Tenley-Friendship Heroic Summer

Tenley-Friendship Library

2 p.m.
“A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” –Christopher Reeve Join us as we spotlight people that persevere against overwhelming trials and become heroes in their own right.  From the real life to the fantastical, join us as we explore the idea of heroism. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Summer Reading Logo for children.

Tuskegee Airmen

Takoma Park Library

7 p.m.
Join us to hear a story of history from someone who made it happen. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American men to fly in the U.S. Armed Forces. Despite continued racial discrimination and Jim Crow laws, these brave pilots served our country in World War II. 
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Spy Museum Presents: Heroes or Villains?

Anacostia Library

7 p.m.
This summer at the DC Public Library, we're exploring every hero's story. Do you think you can tell the difference between a hero and a villain? 

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Summer Reading Logo for children.

Neighborhood Heroes: The Homestead Grays and a Changing Washington

Cleveland Park Library

7 p.m.
D.C.'s sports history is long and complicated: one of our first baseball teams was the Homestead Grays, a team that played in the Negro Leagues when baseball was a segregated sport. As the city they called home changed in race, class, economics, so did the Homestead Grays. 
Image of Everything I Never Told You book cover

Twentythirtysomething Book Club (TTBC)

Georgetown Library

7:30 p.m.
Are you a local reader at least 21 years old? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join us for Twenty-thirty-something Book Club (TTBC), a book group for younger adults.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Every Hero has a Story

City History, City Heroes: Carter G Woodson's Washington

Capitol View Library

7 p.m.
This summer at DC Public Library Summer Reading we're exploring heroes and heroism. Join us to hear about lesser-known stories of heroism from D.C.'s history with local author C. R. Gibbs.
darkly dreaming dexter

Darkly Dreaming Dexter Discussion

Chevy Chase Library

7 p.m.
Join us as we continue with the theme of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis started with the Crime and Punishment Museum program (held on Aug 13, Click here for more information on that).   Meet a different kind of “Hero”, as we discuss Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.  

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

Every Hero has a Story

Washington Humane Society Adoption Van Visit

Tenley-Friendship Library

12 p.m.
This summer, be a hero by giving a new home to an animal in need! It's proven that pet ownership is great for our emotional and physical health, so adopting a new pet will be heroic both for yourself and for others. 

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

Summer Reading Logo

Summer Reading Block Party

Northeast Library

2 p.m.
We’ve come to the end of our summer reading program, so let’s party! A block party, that is. Join us on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2-5 p.m., for fun activities and stories and to claim your summer reading prizes! We’ll be set up outside of the library on 7th Street NE between D Street NE and the alley.  Event line up: Get your face painted with cool designs Choose from options of balloon twisting designs Watch guest master storyteller Arianna Ross perform on the patio area 3-4 p.m. Make hero-themed crafts