Calendar

Legend

  •  
    Adaptive Services
  •  
    Adults
  •  
    Back to School
  •  
    Kids
  •  
    Lecture
  •  
    Teens
  •  
    Special Event
  •  
    Summer Reading

Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Summer Reading lightbulbWe all use public space every day.  It’s where we walk to work, ride our bike or walk the dog, sip a latte at a sidewalk café, or sit on a bench to ponder a proposed commemorative work, zoning case, building modernization, security plan, or community concern.  Almost every project we review in the District has the potential to impact the physical form or use of this tremendous public asset.    The District’s public space regulations reinforce several big ideas that make public space one of the most important elements that give our city its park-like character and image.  It sets Washington, DC, apart from other urban municipalities.  

Please join Chris Shaheen from the DC Office of Planning to learn about the history of our public space, how its evolution over the past 200 years has defined the District, what regulations we have that protect and maintain this resource, and what we can do to ensure our traditions for using public space continue into the 21st century.

7:00 p.m.

Read along with us this summer as we highlight our science collection and pick your poison, fact or fiction?

Science Fact:
July 31, 7 p.m. - A discussion of the book The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

Science Fiction:
August 12, 7 p.m. - A screening of The Time Traveler's Wife based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger

Saturday, August 2, 2014

12:00 p.m.

library-con logo

Library-Con is a multigenerational programming event that will provide information and expose the world of anime/manga, comics, Star Wars, and TV production to library customers of all ages! Come out and connect with the  community through culturally based activities, forums, and crafts held throughout the library.

Time: 
12 noon - 4 p.m.

Programs:
  • Star War Family Story Times
  • Local Comic Book Author Talks
  •  Movies Based on Anime/Comic Books
  • Crafts
  • Cosplay Contest
  • Trading Card Game Tournaments
  • And Much More

Parking:
There is a limited amount of parking in the Petworth Neighborhood Library parking lot.  Additional parking is available on Iowa Avenue NW.  The Petworth Neighborhood Library is also in walking distance of the Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro station.

Restaurants:
Click here for a list of restaurants near the Petworth Neighborhood Library.

For more information, please contact the Petworth Neighborhood Library at 202-243-1187

1:00 p.m.

Already finished all the books you were looking forward to reading this summer? Come learn about NoveList and Literature Resource Center, two great digital library resources that can help you find fiction and nonfiction titles and keep you reading for the rest of the season--and all year-round.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

3:00 p.m.

A strategic chess moveJoin us every other Sunday this summer for Chess, Scrabble, Uno and more! As part of our Summer Reading initiative we will be hosting regular game days for our patrons to relax and play games with each other and with staff members.

Because sometimes you just want to PLAY! Soak up the A/C and check off your summer reading "Fun & Games" block with us.



Monday, August 4, 2014

7:00 p.m.

bubbles in glassFermentation is one of the oldest methods for preserving food and taking advantage of probiotics to improve health. Come learn about some simple ways to ferment food including sauerkraut, sour bread starters, yogurt, and kombucha.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Summer Reading atomThree scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will talk about how satellites are used to observe the Earth from space, and how satellite observations then improve our understanding of the state of the Earth's oceans, land surface, and atmosphere, including how satellite observations are combined with numerical models of the atmosphere to produce weather forecasts.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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 being held on select Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. 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 Wednesday afternoon until 5:45 p.m. First-come, first-served.

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

6:30 p.m.

Library staff will lead a demonstration on navigating the Freegal music and Zinio magazine resources: come learn how to download and stream millions of songs and over 100 magazines for FREE! Adults and teens can also use the training to help them fill a block or earn a badge toward their summer reading goals.
freegal zinio

Thursday, August 7, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Dr. Barnard PhotoNeal Barnard, M.D., renowned nutrition researcher and New York Times bestselling author, discusses the connection between nutrition and health.

Dr. Barnard's clinical research revolutionized the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes, and in his talk he will share information about how to not only control, but even reverse, this condition. He will also reveal how the same simple diet changes that benefit diabetes patients also bring a wide range of health benefits including weight control, lower cholesterol levels, protection from memory loss, and greater vitality to last a lifetime.

Many people are looking to lose weight healthfully, and we will show a proven way for weight control that relies on food choices, rather than starvation diets or gimmicks.

Explore the library's catalog to see some of Dr. Barnard's books in the collection.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Heirloom tomatoesHalladay's Mortage Lifter? Aunt Lou's Underground Railroad? Sicilian Saucer? What are these things, you ask? They are varieties of heirloom tomato, and Washington, DC has folks raising them. Marvelous local gardener Lori Kenepp will share knowledge from her years of preserving and raising heirloom tomatoes and will offer tips for success in your own garden.

2:00 p.m.

Veteran Compost logoDC has more and more options for composting your kitchen scraps as a way to produce less trash and create rich mulch for your garden and house plants. Join us for a presentation by Veteran Compost about the ins and outs of managing an urban compost system and ideas for maintaining a home system.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Come beat the heat, see a hot movie, and--adults--check off a block in your summer reading goals!

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this 2013 thriller that will draw viewers into the infinite and merciless realm of deep space.
gravity catalog

Thursday, August 14, 2014

(All day)

People laughing

Summer Reading is here, and it's all about badges this year! For both teens and adults, once you've earned two badges, you're half way through the program and ready for a free burrito from Chipotle. At Southeast Library, we will be gathering to collect multiple badges all at once by downloading a short, hilarious audio book, discussing it, and then eating burritos at Chipotle.
That's right! Come listen to a hilarious story from our Overdrive database and walk away with a free burrito!

We don't know what audio books will be available on the night of our burrito convergence, so be prepared to help decide what we listen to.

7:00 p.m.

Energize DCThe DC Public Library and Pepco are working together this summer to present classes  at your local library about energy management. As part of this program, our library branches will be holding educational classes designed to help you take control of your energy use. You will learn how to use Pepco’s online energy management tools and create personalized energy management plans. You’ll also learn simple and helpful ideas to help you save money and energy in your home. Click here to view the schedule of these energy education classes.

As part of Energize DC, our local libraries will also be distributing children’s activity pages and fun giveaways as part of the Summer Reading Series. Ask your local library how to get copies. Learn more about Energize DC at takecontroldc.com

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

3:00 p.m.

A strategic chess moveJoin us every other Sunday this summer for Chess, Scrabble, Uno and more! As part of our Summer Reading initiative we will be hosting regular game days for our patrons to relax and play games with each other and with staff members.

Because sometimes you just want to PLAY! Soak up the A/C and check off your summer reading "Fun & Games" block with us.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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 being held on select Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. 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 Wednesday afternoon until 5:45 p.m. First-come, first-served.

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

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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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 dclibrary.org/adultsummerreading.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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.




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Summer Reading lightbulbIn the first comprehensive history of the Metro, Zachary M. Schrag tells the story of the Great Society Subway from its earliest rumblings to the present day, from Arlington to College Park, Eisenhower to Marion Barry.  Unlike the pre–World War II rail systems of New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, the Metro was built at a time when most American families already owned cars, and when most American cities had dedicated themselves to freeways, not subways. Why did the nation's capital take a different path? What were the consequences of that decision?  Join us for a conversation with Prof. Schrag on the social ideas that helped shape the DC Metro system.

Great Hall

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Book cover artJoin Caire Griffin and the Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group for an author talk and discussion on Nowhere To Run.

In Nowhere To RunCalvin, a senior and track star at a Washington, D.C., public high school, has gone to confront Norris, a thug who’s trying to extort protection money from Calvin’s mom. Confident that he can outrun Norris, he hasn’t given the potential outcome enough thought, a mistake Calvin often makes. He’s only saved from violence when his best friend, Deej, comes to his rescue. The deal Deej makes with Norris will come back to haunt Calvin: Norris now “owns” the runner’s knees. The threat is implicit—if Calvin doesn’t cooperate, Norris will destroy his running career. The deliberately ambiguous conclusion will leave engrossed readers weighing Calvin’s options and making their own hard decisions for him. Dialogue, situations, relationships and issues all ring pitch perfectly but ever so discouragingly true.

author photoThe Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group meets every last Wednesday of the month, except for November and December, at 2 p.m.. All welcome!

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl. In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all. The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia- back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.

The Young Prose Book Meetup is a casual and friendly book Meetup for young professionals in DC between the ages of 21 and 35 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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Energize DCThe DC Public Library and Pepco are working together this summer to present classes  at your local library about energy management. As part of this program, our library branches will be holding educational classes designed to help you take control of your energy use. You will learn how to use Pepco’s online energy management tools and create personalized energy management plans. You’ll also learn simple and helpful ideas to help you save money and energy in your home. Click here to view the schedule of these energy education classes.

As part of Energize DC, our local libraries will also be distributing children’s activity pages and fun giveaways as part of the Summer Reading Series. Ask your local library how to get copies. Learn more about Energize DC at takecontroldc.com

Sunday, August 31, 2014

3:00 p.m.

A strategic chess moveJoin us every other Sunday this summer for Chess, Scrabble, Uno and more! As part of our Summer Reading initiative we will be hosting regular game days for our patrons to relax and play games with each other and with staff members.

Because sometimes you just want to PLAY! Soak up the A/C and check off your summer reading "Fun & Games" block with us.



Saturday, September 6, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Jigsaw Puzzle SwapTired of completing the same puzzle over and over again? Ready for a new one? Come to the DCPL Jigsaw Puzzle Swap, hosted every three months, to keep your puzzle collection fresh! Bring a 500+ piece puzzle without any missing pieces to trade for one that's new-to-you! Spread the word so there will be more puzzles to choose from. For our younger puzzle lovers, bring easy puzzles/games to play or trade (we have a special request for princess puzzles). September's edition of the Puzzle Swap will be held at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library. 

For questions call 202-727-1291 and ask for Sarah or Maggie. See you in September with puzzles in hand!

Friday, October 10, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Image of keyboardFor 2014, the Summer Reading theme is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Why not drop by the Step Into Science Online Resources class to learn more about the library's online research possibilities related to the hard sciences and knock out one of your Adult Summer Reading activities? You'll be one step closer to winning a marvelous prize!

Meet us in Room 311 (third floor computer lab) for librarian-led instruction and hands-on practice with these valuable resources!

Contact Sarah Arnold at sarah.arnold@dc.gov with questions.

Required Skills: Basic computer skills and previous experience using a Web browser is preferable.