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Thursday, September 11, 2014

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.

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

9:30 a.m.

Banned Book WeekIn celebration of Banned Book Week, a celebration of the freedom to read,  we welcome customers to participate in our Caught Reading a Banned Book photo exhibit. Adults, Children and Teens are invited to pose for a “Mug Shot” with a banned book. Photos will be taken September 13-19. Photos will be displayed in the library during Banned Book Week. Participants will be asked to sign a photo release form.

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 .

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.

3:00 p.m.

WOD Anime Club

Visit the Woodridge Library this Summer through September and interact with like-minded otaku in the following activities:


  • Episode Viewings
  • Group Discussions
  • Manga Chat
  • Character Debates
  • Recommendations
  • Games
  • and Snacks!!

Join us on each date below or particular weekends at your convenience from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Saturday, July 19
Saturday, August 2
Saturday, August 16
Saturday, August 30
Saturday, September 13
Saturday, September 27

3:00 p.m.

batman 75 logoThis year is the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in comics!

DC named July 23 the official Batman Day, but we decided to celebrate a little later.  Come visit Shepherd Park Library to watch the superhero on the screen, grab some goodies, and have refreshments.

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. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Need help with homework? Want feedback on your creative writing? Stop by the information desk! We’ll set you up in a quiet study space and give you tips on how to ace your assignments.

On the lower level, every Sunday.

Image of teens holding books in a library.

3:00 p.m.

volunteerCome volunteer at Francis Gregory Library. Volunteer hours will go towards a DC Public School graduation requirement

Every other Sunday, come learn how to shelve books, make displays, or help plan programs. To participate, fill out the Teen and High School Community Service Application. Have a parent or guardian sign the form, scan, and e-mail to You can also drop off a copy at Francis Gregory Library. Get your forms in today!

This volunteer opportunity is for teens between the ages of 13-19.

Monday, September 15, 2014

3:00 p.m.


Math homework got you stumped? Don't have any earthly idea how to spell logorrhea? Come get homework help at the library!

Start the school year off right by getting your homework out of the way. Every Monday there will be a knowledgeable adult here to help you figure out what to do once you've divided something by its circumference. 

Meeting in the Teen Space. 

This program is for students 13 -19.

Check out the online resources for homework help. 

CC image courtesy of Mikael Miettinen on flickr.

4:00 p.m.

Rainbow Duct Tape RosesWant to make great DIY pieces to show off to family and friends?
Come to Art Attack in Teen Space! 
Stop by and make cool crafts while hanging out with friends. We provide the materials, YOU provide the creativity!

Ages 13-19.

Join us for the following special Art Attack programs during the summer months and earn badges as part of the Teen Summer Reading Program: 

June 30: E-textiles: Teens will create LED cuff bracelets using LEDs, batteries, and conductive thread. Earn the STEM and Get Crafty Badges at this event.

July 7: 
Street Art & Fashion: Teens will have an opportunity to make freezer stenciled tees, chalk spray paint art, or graffiti lettering. Earn the Get Crafty Badge at this event.

August 4: 
Engineering-Paper Roller Coasters: Teens will create paper roller coasters using paper, tape, and marbles. Earn the STEM Badge at this event.

August 11: 
Stop Motion Videos: Teens 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.

4:00 p.m.

Bookmark promoting the importance of a library cardReady to celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month?

Teens, put on your thinking caps and see if you can find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions hidden throughout the Petworth Neighborhood Library. 

Participants will get a cool prize.

4:30 p.m.
Ipad and Books
Teen Workshop

Come learn or advance your Download Media Skills
by using the DC Public Library website.

In the Workshop,you will be taught how
to do quick research for papers,
download music, and Stream Videos.

You can do this all on these type of devices
Nook and Ipad.

In the Main Meeting Room 

For more information 202-243-1184.

4:30 p.m.

chessChildren and teens learn winning strategies for playing chess.
Best ages 7- 19

4:30 p.m.

DC Jobseekers imageThis Teen Resume Workshop will help with resume prep! Having a hard time figuring out how to put together a resume with only volunteer or summer work experience? We will provide helpful tips and templates on resumes for teens.

Ages 14-19

5:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday evening for Teen Night!

Every other week will be fun with video and board games. The rest of the time we'll be doing a variety of activities like watching movies, duct tape crafts, homework help, and more!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Come hang out at the library every Tuesday afternoon and relax with the Wii and more!

Check our online calendar for more Teen events at DC Public Library.

Ages 13-19.

4:00 p.m.

School days picture
Mt Pleasant Teens - celebrate Back to School in the Teen Space!

  • Get a prize for signing up for a library card or showing us that you already have one
  • Mess around with demos of online library tools available 24/7 to help you with homework, research, papers and more
  • Explore our digital catalog and learn how to place holds and check out materials from all the other public libraries in DC
  • Find out how to earn community service hours with the library
  • Learn about becoming a teen member of the Friends of Mt. Pleasant Library!

Whether you're an educator, a parent, or a student please come in for information on how Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library can help you excel this school year. There will be snacks and prizes for those who come by.

4:00 p.m.

Writing Workshop and Q & A with Kathryn Erskine 

Kathryn Erskine photoKathryn ErskineKathryn Erskine is the author of five children’s novels including National Book Award winner, Mockingbird, the recent Jane Addams Peace Award honor book Seeing Red, and her upcoming release, The Badger Knight.  She draws on her life stories and world events in her writing and is  currently working on several more novels and picture books.   

Ms. Erskine will be  leading a writing workshop, which will be followed by a Q & A.  The workshop will focus on how to develop characters that readers will really care about and that will pop right off the page.

Where:  The Georgetown Library
When:  September 16 at 4 p.m.
For Who:  Anyone over the age of 8 interested in writing and talking to a National Book Award winning author.


5:00 p.m.

Have some great ideas for teen programs? Want to help plan the next teen party?

Come to the Teen Space for Teen Advisory Group! We meet every Tuesday. 

Call 202-698-6373 for more information.

6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Whether they're working on a school paper or itching for new ways to write poems or stories, the Writer's Resource Hour offers kids and teens the opportunity to receive help and advice with:

  • Research
  • Citing sourcesWriting
  • Essay writing
  • Writing exercises
  • Creative writing
  • Creative-writing prompts
  • Inspiration
  • Publishing

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 6:00 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.

7:15 p.m.

Free yoga continues at Southwest Library, but on a new day, new time, and with new Yoga Activist instructor Sandra Flores. As always, all fitness levels are welcome, and mats are provided. For ages 13 and older.


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Thursday, September 18, 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.

3:30 p.m.

Super busy with school and totally stressed?  Come relax at our new teen beading club.  Where we learn to bead and hang out with friends.  We will make key chains, animals, jewelry and anything else you want.  All the materials we will be provided and on going projects can be stored at the library.  There will also be an assortment of snacks!

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
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.