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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Elena Ferrante's books image

Elena Ferrante’s 'Neapolitan Novels' Book Club

Tenley-Friendship Library

6:30 p.m.
Ferrante’s "Neapolitan Novels," a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and numbing culture, consist of My Brilliant Friend (2010), 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

summmer reading 2015

Summer Reading Kick-Off Celebration

Woodridge Library

10 a.m.
Enjoy activities for all ages - arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, freebies, drawing for book sacks, balloon pop for prizes, view a super hero film and maybe a visit from our neighborhood heroes! Come in and sign up! Don't forget your library cards to help you travel through a summer of fantastic good reads. Visit your local library for programs and activities or head to DC Public Library's Summer Reading headquarters for more information.
DCPL Summer Reading

Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration

Southeast Library

10 a.m.
Join your Southeast Neighborhood Library to celebrate the start of Summer Reading!  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: All ages can enjoy hero-themed crafts and activities, plus snacks and a superhero photo booth 11 a.m.: Hero story time for families with children ages 0-8. 
Every Hero Has A Story

Summer Reading Kick-Off

Georgetown Library

2 p.m.
Celebrate the start of this year's summer reading program! This year's theme is Every Hero Has A Story. Attendees of all ages can sign up for summer reading, and there will be crafts and a movie for children, as well as activities for teens and adults. Open to all ages.
Image of an open book, and "Every hero has a story" slogan

Summer Reading Kick-off

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

3:30 p.m.
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's... a Superhero Party! This year's summer reading theme is "Every hero has a story" and to celebrate we're hosting an all-ages superhero party to kick it off. There will be activities and prizes for kids, teens, and adults, including a movie, "pin the cape on the superhero," and more. Most important, get signed up for summer reading!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Comics Code Authority

Heroes and Villains and Vampires: Censoring Comics from 1954-2011

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

7 p.m.
In 1954, a group of publishers formed the Comics Code Authority (CCA) and began quietly censoring American comic books. Intended to shield children from violence and vulgarity, the Comics Code prohibited everything from depictions of nudity and supernatural creatures to the use of the words “terror” and “horror” in comic book titles. DC Comics and Archie Comics both published books with the Comics Code seal as late as 2011.
Every Hero has a Story

Neighborhood Heroes: Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance in D.C.

Rosedale Library

7 p.m.
Kim Roberts, D.C. poet, editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and local literary historian, will share some lesser-known history of women writers who were active in Washington, D.C. during the Harlem Renaissance. Come learn about these local heroes and the history they lived. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Words

Writing Games on Capitol Hill

Southeast Library

7 p.m.
Want to write but don't know where to start? Be the superhero you've been waiting for: your power is finding inspiration everywhere!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fringe Music in the Library

FRINGE Music in the Library: The CooLots

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
The CooLots are an original rock and soul band hailing from the Washington, D.C. area. A melting pot of different styles and talents, The CooLots come together to create feelings never experienced before. These creations embody sincerity, musicality, rock, funk, and soul, with influences including: N.E.R.D, Me'Shell N'Degeocello, Sade, Staind, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and System of A Down. Food trucks will be on site or bring your lunch to eat in the historic Great Hall. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cover image of Redeployment

Georgetown Book Club

Georgetown Library

7:30 p.m.
Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Phil Klay's short story collection -- and winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction -- Redeployment. The collection explores U.S. soldiers' experiences serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and returning home. Questions? Email julia.strusienski@dc.gov.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dorothy I. Height

Neighborhood Heroes: Dorothy I. Height

Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library

1 p.m.
Join us for a talk on the life and work of Dorothy I. Height by Monie Broadus from The Dorothy Irene Height Education Foundation. Hailed as "the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement" by President Obama, Dr. Height was a committed activist, a leader of numerous organizations including the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), and a lifelong champion of African American and women's rights. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Words

Writing Games on Capitol Hill

Southeast Library

2 p.m.
Want to write but don't know where to start? Be the superhero you've been waiting for: your power is finding inspiration everywhere! Writing Games will show you how. In this series of free classes lead by local writer Hannah Sternberg, you'll annihilate the villains of fear and boredom, and free your captive creativity, and make some new friends and allies. These cooperative games are designed to get you thinking, dreaming, and writing, right away.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Words

Writing Games on Capitol Hill

Southeast Library

7 p.m.
Want to write but don't know where to start? Be the superhero you've been waiting for: your power is finding inspiration everywhere!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Elena Ferrante's books image

Elena Ferrante’s 'Neapolitan Novels' Book Club

Tenley-Friendship Library

6:30 p.m.
Ferrante’s "Neapolitan Novels," a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and numbing culture, consist of My Brilliant Friend (2010), 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fringe Music in the Library

FRINGE Music in the Library: Batalá

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
Batalá Washington, D.C. is an all-women percussion band whose mission is to empower women through drumming and expose communities to Brazil’s dynamic music and culture. Batalá plays Samba Reggae, a form of Afro-Brazilian percussion from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The heavily syncopated music is rooted in African drumming, and is accented with a heavy dose of Brazilian samba and Caribbean reggae. The nearly 80 women of Batalá play this music on five types of drums, creating a powerful, dynamic sound. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Georgetown Book Club

Georgetown Library

7:30 p.m.
Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss William Faulkner's classic novel The Sound and

Monday, July 20, 2015

Image of a Belgian Malinois dog by Annie McManus Thorne via Flickr

Animal Heroes: Meet a Secret Service Dog

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

7 p.m.
Heroism isn't limited to humans! Join Officer-Technician Sean Lorenz from the United States Secret Service Canine Explosives Detection Unit (K-9) and his Canine Partner, Truus, a Belgian Malinois, to learn more about the K-9 unit and how the Canine Partners contribute to it. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Elena Ferrante's books image

Elena Ferrante’s 'Neapolitan Novels' Book Club

Tenley-Friendship Library

6:30 p.m.
Ferrante’s "Neapolitan Novels," a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and numbing culture, consist of My Brilliant Friend (2010), 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Every Hero Has a Story

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

7 p.m.
In celebration of Summer Reading’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” join us at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a comics panel that will discuss the artistic inspiration, creation, and distribution of graphic novels and comics. The panel will be moderated by Esther Kim, manager of Fantom Comics in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

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.

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. 

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. 

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.