When Joe Coutts, the 13-year-old American Indian narrator of Louise Erdrich's 2012 novel The Round House, discovers that his mother is missing on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the spring of 1988, he understands the strangeness of the situation, yet he also sees it as a moment that could mean something good and unexpected: "I mean nothing bad, but something. A rare occurrence. A sighting. A bingo win, though Sunday was not a bingo day and it would have been completely out of character for my mother to play.
Georgetown Book Club's September Selection
Published on Saturday, August 17, 2013
Open Mic Poetry Reading
Published on Friday, August 16, 2013
Published on Thursday, August 8, 2013
This summer, for the first time, Georgetown Neighborhood Library is offering Summer Reading for Adults, and many local readers are participating!
Published on Wednesday, August 7, 2013
We want our Summer Reading Wall of Fame to burst at the seams. We need more pots! Bring in those reading logs so we can put up a flower pot with your name on it. Only eight hours of reading and then you can be displayed proudly on our bulletin board. Young readers in the Read With Me program get a pot and a green plant. And the older kids who really challenge themselves, with 28 hours of reading or more, get a flower in their pot.
Crafts for Teens
Published on Monday, August 5, 2013
Turn the last days of summer into a cool friendship bracelet for yourself or a friend! Learn how to make simple, colorful knotted bracelets. All materials provided by the library.
Wed., Aug. 21, 1 p.m.--2:30 p.m.
Ages 12 & up
August Film Series
Published on Monday, August 5, 2013
Watch four compelling stories about Africa. Some of the films are based on actual events. The screenings are free and all movies begin at 6 p.m.
Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Are you a current or aspiring gardener? Interested in repurposing your food waste? Heard of composting and wondering what it is and how it works?
On Saturday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 p.m., join Leanne Spaulding from the U.S. Composting Council to learn more about this process of turning organic material -- for instance, food waste -- into fertilizer and how you can do it yourself.
Weather permitting, we will conduct this event right outside of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Otherwise, this event will be held indoors in the Meeting Room.
Published on Saturday, July 27, 2013
Massive crowds flocked to the Botanical Garden this week for an event that tends to happen only once every decade.
The giant “Corpse Flower,” or Titan Arum, looks a bit like a Jack-in-the-Pulpit but its stench sets it apart. This eight-foot bloom smells like rotting meat to attract its prey. The Corpse Flower was so stinky, a representative of the gardens said, that photographers documenting the plant hadn’t felt like lunch until four hours afterward.
In honor of this stinky flora, we here at the Georgetown Library would like to suggest some smelly stories for your reading pleasure. Hold your nose and take a breath, here we go…
Georgetown Book Club's August Selection
Published on Friday, July 26, 2013
In November 1829, newly freed former slave Beverly Snow and his wife, Julia, migrated from Lynchburg, Va. to the nation's capital -- then still called Washington City -- so that Snow could pursue his goal of setting up his own restaurant. Choosing the location for the relative safety it offered free people of color, Snow could not have known that, only six years later, he would lend his name to the first race riot ever to take place in his new home.