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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Picture of passport and mapCelebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun translation activity where you will translate a poem into English or Spanish!

From Don Quixote and the Odyssey to Inkheart and the Neverending Story, readers of all languages have benefited enormously from the translation of works of literature. Come and get a taste of what it is like to be a translator.

No experience or second-language skills necessary.

Ages 13-19.

7:00 p.m.

Come to our ESL English Conversation Club, where you can practice your English skills in a casual environment. This conversation group is for English learners at all levels, but participants should have some English knowledge. This is an open group, and you can drop in at anytime between 7 and 8 pm.  

Ven al Club de Conversación en Ingles (ESL English Conversation Club) para practicar y conversar en ingles en un entorno relajado. El grupo de conversación es para todos los niveles, pero los participantes deben tener un nivel básico de inglés. Puedes participar todos los martes cuando quieras entre las 7:00 y 8:00 de la noche.
 
来到我们的ESL(英语作为第二种语言)英语交谈俱乐部,您能在一个放松的环境里练习您的英语技能。这个交谈小组是为具有任何水平的英语学习者开办的,但是参加者最好具备一些英语知识。这是一个开放松散的小组,您可以在傍晚7点到8点之间的任何时间来


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(All day)

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UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition

UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition is a temporary public art event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create. The Great Hall will transform into a gallery, showcasing works of art by local D.C. artists pertaining to the theme of censorship. In addition to the Great Hall, the exhibition space will include the large entryway windows and parts of the second floor. The art will be unveiled at UNCENSORED: The Preview Party on Friday, September 19, and remain on display until October 15.

The artwork on display will constitute paintings, installations, performance art and video projections. Participating artists include: 

Kelly Towles
Larry W. Cook
Carolina Mayorga
Halsey Berryman
Mariah Anne Johnson
Brian Davis
E. Jane
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



10:00 a.m.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for ages 2-5, with their caregivers.

For safety's sake, there is a limit of 75 participants for each story time.

Remember -- there is a story time at 10 a.m. and another repeated at 11 a.m.

To schedule a class visit, please call 202-671-3125.

11:00 a.m.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for ages 2-5, with their caregivers.

For safety's sake, there is a limit of 75 participants for each story time.

Remember -- there is a story time at 10 a.m. and another repeated at 11 a.m.

To schedule a class visit, please call 202-671-3125.

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.

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

Set in D.C. in the 1970s, the novel follows Ethiopian immigrant Sepha Stephanos as gentrification brings change to his Logan Circle neighborhood.

7:30 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 18, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Join us for an all-ages story time with singing, dancing and lots of fun!


Sunday, October 19, 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.

2:00 p.m.

A variety of family friendly programs that may include dance, music, movement, movies, sign language and much more.

Recommended for ages 0-12.

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

2:00 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.

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.

3:30 p.m.

Image of jack-o-lanternIn this animated parody of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a young boy uses the power of science to bring his beloved dog back to life.  

Come and get into the Halloween spirit with this monstrous Tim Burton movie!

This film is rated PG, with a run time of 90 minutes.

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.

Come to our ESL English Conversation Club, where you can practice your English skills in a casual environment. This conversation group is for English learners at all levels, but participants should have some English knowledge. This is an open group, and you can drop in at anytime between 7 and 8 pm.  

Ven al Club de Conversación en Ingles (ESL English Conversation Club) para practicar y conversar en ingles en un entorno relajado. El grupo de conversación es para todos los niveles, pero los participantes deben tener un nivel básico de inglés. Puedes participar todos los martes cuando quieras entre las 7:00 y 8:00 de la noche.
 
来到我们的ESL(英语作为第二种语言)英语交谈俱乐部,您能在一个放松的环境里练习您的英语技能。这个交谈小组是为具有任何水平的英语学习者开办的,但是参加者最好具备一些英语知识。这是一个开放松散的小组,您可以在傍晚7点到8点之间的任何时间来


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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for ages 2-5, with their caregivers.

For safety's sake, there is a limit of 75 participants for each story time.

Remember -- there is a story time at 10 a.m. and another repeated at 11 a.m.

To schedule a class visit, please call 202-671-3125.

11:00 a.m.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for ages 2-5, with their caregivers.

For safety's sake, there is a limit of 75 participants for each story time.

Remember -- there is a story time at 10 a.m. and another repeated at 11 a.m.

To schedule a class visit, please call 202-671-3125.

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

(All day)

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month in the main-floor meeting room.

We alternate between fiction and nonfiction each month.

For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.

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.

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.

2:00 p.m.

Join us for an all-ages story time with singing, dancing and lots of fun!