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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5:00 p.m.

Boy in the Striped PajamasRead the book and watch the movie! Each month will feature a new title chosen especially for teens! Join the discussion and enjoy a great movie.
This month, visit the library to pick up a copy of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
Poland, World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno ignores his mother, and sets off on an adventure in the woods. He comes across a high fence that separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops. RATED PG-13

6:15 p.m.

teen doing yoga

Join the Georgetown Neighborhood Library for a variety of yoga classes taught by teachers from Yoga Activist

Celebrate health and wellness this month at Georgetown with our two teen yoga classes for ages 13-19. Refreshments will be served and community yoga mats are available. Waivers must be signed by a parent prior to the class(es). 

To RSVP for any or all classes, send Erika Rydberg or Porchia Ifill an email with the class(es) you're interested in registering for. 

Please RSVP to or

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.

2:00 p.m.

Join us in celebrating Banned Books Week with local caricature artist Paul Merklein. This program is for older youth and teens.

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.

5:00 p.m.

Wii PlayerLove games? So do we!

Challenge yourself to entertaining and exciting competition with your peers using board games, Wii, PS2 and more!

Come use the library's brand new board games like Apples to Apples!

Just in time for the school year! Game nights are now scheduled for every Thursday at 5 p.m!

(Photo by Hachimaki on Flickr)

5:30 p.m.

So you think your moves are HOT!

Come join a friendly competition; a dance off
using the Wii!

Come dance your pain away

Every Thursday night at 5:30pm

Wii Dance OffAges 13-19

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 20, 2014

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 .

10:30 a.m.

Storytime fun for the whole family.

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.

12:00 p.m.

Diabetes Support GroupFor anyone diagnosed with Diabetes, pre-diabetes or caring for a diabetic. Healthcare professionals will give educational information and answer questions on food choices, exercise and medicine. We meet the third Saturday of every month. For email or phone updates, leave your information at the Adult Information Desk. Light refreshments. Every third Saturday at 12pm. This program is free and open to all.

2:30 p.m.

Join our Teens of Distinction as they host a back-to-school movie.

Refreshments will be served!

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 21, 2014

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars

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.

1:00 p.m.

banned booksSeptember is Banned Books Week. Read a Banned Book, tell us why you like it and receive a prize. Take a picture or selfie with your Banned Book and the picture will be displayed at the library or on our webpage. Photography release forms must be completed.
 All Ages

Monday, September 22, 2014

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars

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.

4:30 p.m.

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

5:00 p.m.

Banned Books DisplayFeel like being naughty? Secretly craving some danger? Want to get caught in the act? Of reading, that is! The Northeast Neighborhood Library encourages you to come see what all the fuss is about concerning banned books.  Adults, teens, and children are invited to try their hand at blackout poetry, get their mugshot taken, enter a raffle, and much more! 

The event will run from 5 - 7 p.m. or until supplies run out. Raffle winners will be announced at the end of the event. 

The Banned Books Bash will take place on the lower level.

Please RSVP to this event by contacting Arielle Burgdorf and note that although we are asking for RSVPs they are not required; we will use the RSVPs to gauge the number of people to cater for.

Please call 202.698.0183 or email Whitney Jerome with any questions or concerns.

6:00 p.m.

Image of "To kill a mockingbird" DVD coverIn honor of the 2014 Banned Books Week celebration, The Adaptive Services Department will present an audio described screening of To Kill a Mockingbird.

This movie, which won three Oscars, is based on Harper Lee's novel. It provides insight into the racial tensions in an Alabama town circa 1930; with emphasis on Atticus Finch, a Lawyer in a racially divided town who agrees to defend a young black man accused of raping a white woman.
The movie screening is open to the general public and will feature audio description. Limited seating in Adaptive Services is available.  

This item is available on DVD in the DC Public Library collection and as Descriptive Video (DVS 00527) from the DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped collection.

For more information, please call 202-727-2142, or email

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars

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.