A story time experience for our youngest library users and their caregivers. These 20-30 minutes story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, tickles and bounces developmentally appropriate for children ages birth to when they start walking. Baby Lap Time is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading in a positive and fun atmosphere. This story time is designed so the baby will be in their caregiver’s lap and the grownup is actively involved in the program. It is recommended that each child have their own adult with them.
These 20-30 minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children birth to two years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their caregivers are encouraged to engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program.
How do you create?
Whether you prefer computers or crafts, coding or collage, there's always something to do on Thursday afternoons in Teen Space.
We’ll provide supplies*. You choose how to use them. Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Teen Space.
*Some days we’ll use computers and digital tech, but most days we'll use paper, pencils, and other tangible materials.
Upcoming projects:Thursday, May 12: Book Cover Re-design
Lets celebrate Throwback Thursday and revisit the 60's and 70's, with our flower power madness.
You're designing a custom flower in Tinkercad and printing it out on the 3-D printers!
Space is limited, so RSVP at bit.ly/labsclasses
Location: Fab Lab, Rm 219
You will need to have passed Fab Lab orientation before taking this class.
Learn how to use a Makerbot 3D printer during this hour-long class. Students will learn how to prepare digital files for printing, change filament, and many more essential skills.
Once certified you will be able to make reservations on the 3D printers for your personal projects.
Get up and get moving at our Toddler Story Times. These 20-30 minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities that are designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities and participate in the program along with the children.
Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years. Children and their caregivers, will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
Friday Lunch and Learn is an hour-long bring-your-own brown-bag lunch and Adaptive Technology discussion held in room 215, Center for Accessibility at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library every Friday from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. It is an opportunity for people enrolled in the JAWS classes to share information.
Plans are underway to modernize MLK Library.
The new library will feature:
More welcoming entrance
Space for innovation and prototyping
Welcoming Reading Room with comfortable seating
Cafe or restaurant
Large performance space
These are just some of the features that we are planning, based on what we've heard from residents.
Performing at our Summer Reading Kickoff, June 4 at 2 p.m.
Milkshake is a Grammy-nominated rock duo for kids and kids at heart, made up of vocalist Lisa Mathews and acoustic guitarist Mikel Gehl. The group has released three award-winning CDs, including two Parents’ Choice Awards and a NAPPA Gold Award. Milkshake’s videos can be seen on Noggin, PBS KIDS, and Discovery Kids. As “Parents” Magazine says, “If kids don’t push the replay button…parents will!”
What challenges did the LGBTQ community face in the District in their struggle for recognition in the past? What legal protections does this community enjoy now? What are the current struggles for recognition and justice being faced by them now and where will the struggle for equal rights and social justice take the LGBTQ community next?
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion featuring some of the city’s LGBTQ champions:
K. Travis Ballie - Lead Organizer at NARAL Pro-Choice America; The DC Center for the LGBT Community
When I learned that DCPL was setting up a lab to transfer VHS videotapes to digital format, I had to try it. At home, we had not watched our home movies in years. I wanted to get my videos to a place where my family could watch and share them. I had started a digitizing project about a year ago and stalled. I needed a jump start and was curious to see how the library’s method compared to what I was doing at home.At Home
700+ historic photos added to the Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection
Over 700 historical photo-postcards by Willard R. Ross have been added to Dig DC, DC Public Library's home for digitized archival materials. The Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection now includes 1,100 images of Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas from the 1910s to 1930s.
A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5.
Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies!
Ride Along 2
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart return, this time taking their war on drugs to Miami. Tika Sumpter also stars in this action-filled comedy. Directed by Tim Story.
102 minutes. 2016. PG-13
Two Historical Independent Cultural Newspapers Now in Dig DC
DC Public Library's collections of the independent newspapers Unicorn Times and Quicksilver Times have been digitized and are now available in Dig DC. Together, these two publications are a rich resource for researching the political, cultural and musical underground of Washington, D.C. from 1970 to 1985.
These five books feature protagonists on the autism spectrum. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Reading about autistic characters will foster acceptance and help teens understand and value the experience of their friends with autism. The stories demonstrate the similarities between people on the spectrum and typically developing teens, while portraying autistic characters in a positive light and remaining true to experience.
Looking for a nice long book to curl up with where you can get lost in the story of a family and the circumstances that surround them? The kind that makes you feel sad when you’ve come to the end? Maybe learn a little bit about a foreign country and its history in the bargain? Look no further. Below, in no particular order, are five novels from five authors whose love for their countries and their histories comes through in the wonderful family narratives they penned.