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.
Join the conversation! This Twitter book club meets every Wednesday of the month at lunchtime to compare notes with library staffers on what you're currently reading. Love it or hate it, we want to know.
Or you can share in person. Just drop into the Popular Library during the meeting and get a free book or audiobook and a stylish but sturdy library tote to carry home your treasure.
The meetings are held from 12 noon until 1 p.m at
This 2.5-hour workshop will feature how to maximize the use of Microsoft Word résumé templates to create a dynamic résumé that sets yours apart from the thousands received by an employer. Several websites will be explored to expand your knowledge and effective use of keywords and action verbs, with an emphasis on why both are important to your résumé construction.
Are you a job seeker in need of assistance with your job search process? Then please attend the Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic, sponsored by the DC Public Library, where you will be able to accomplish the job-seeking tasks that support a successful job search..
The Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic is conducted in the Computer Lab, Room 311, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Drop-In services include individualized assistance with the following job-seeking tasks:
Creating an email account
Establishing a job board account
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 NARAL Pro-Choice America; The DC Center for the LGBT Community
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.
On the first Thursday of each month, the DC Public Library presents a performance of chamber music. The recital is held at noon in room A-5. Performers include internationally-known local musicians.
For more information, please contact the Information Services Department, 202-727-1291.
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.
Dive into the history of our city and revive decades' worth of oral histories from the Library's Special Collections in this unique three-hour workshop on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. You'll learn the basics of working with oral histories while cutting a raw interview from the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Oral History Project into a short, engaging piece to share with the whole world.
In preparation for the upcoming DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show with local bands Foul Swoops, Thaylobleu and Mission Creep, we asked the musicians a few questions about their literary habits and local music haunts. Check out your favorite bands' favorite books below:
Are you interested in memoir writing? Award winning author, Marita Golden, will offer a four-week memoir writing workshop, featuring four 90-minute sessions once a week during the months of April and May. The workshop will focus on how to turn memories, ideas and life into literature and create a compelling narrative that touches the mind and heart of the reader. Participation is limited to 25 people.
See influential African American Elizabeth Keckley brought to life. A little known leader, Keckley was seamstress and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. This multimedia event will include a “now and then” slideshow of downtown Washington.
Enjoy a break from your routine at this pop-up library lounge designed just for you. Let’s celebrate a season of reading with an evening of fun. We’ll have music, light refreshments, and social chess.
Meet like-minded souls who love reading and learning new things. Discover our monthly book clubs and film series. and pick up free books that are yours to keep.
Meet Marcia Cole!
An accomplished local playwright and member of the Aspiring Writer’s Circle will discuss her creative process and the inspired path she followed to create her play, A Matter of Worth.
Sometimes we need a book that can entertain us. Sometimes, we need to be able to listen to a book rather than read it. Here is a list of giggle-inducing books that are available in both audio and print format. When it comes to audiobooks, my favorites have always been the kind that can make me laugh. Even better, each of these audiobooks is read by the funny, talented authors themselves.
Stories that will stay with you long after the snow has gone.
That blizzard we got in January was a great start to making up for the first half of winter 2015-2016 being downright balmy with occasional wintry weather. I know it’s late in the game, but I’m not ready to give up on the idea of more snow.