Arts & Crafts


Daily Fermentation

Fermentation is one of the oldest methods for preserving food and taking advantage of probiotics to improve health. Come learn about some simple ways to ferment food including sauerkraut, sour bread starters, kefir, yogurt, and kombucha.
Mount Pleasant Craft Supply Swap Meet

The Mount Pleasant Crafting Club

Make things, make friends, make things for your friends! Bring your latest project and get tips and conversation from other local crafters.  1 p.m. on the last Sunday of every month at the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library. Questions? Email or call 202-671-3121.
View from above of DC Zinefest, featuring people seated and standing around tables covered in zines

Zine Night with DC Zinefest!

Ever wanted to make a zine? Have one started that you can’t seem to finish? Join organizers of the 2015 DC Zinefest (happening July 25th at St. Stephen's Church), along with local zine makers, to learn about zines and get creative! *Teens can earn Summer Reading Badges for attending this program!* For adults and teens.
Art Way Alliance logo.DC Public Library logo.Summer Reading 2015 logo.

Make Your Own Trading Cards!

Love playing Trading Cards? Come meet creators from the Art Way Alliance. Two of their artists will teach you how to make your own cards and design your own game! As a participant, you’ll learn how to:    Use the basics of drawing and character design to create your own character Develop a character with special powers and spells Recognize what makes a card game “work”

Dream Catchers

Learn the lore behind this traditional Native American craft while making your own dream catcher that reflects your unique style and sensibilities. Classes will be held Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. We recommend attending 2-3 sessions to complete your dream catcher.  
DCPL Summer Reading

Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration

Join your Southeast Neighborhood Library to celebrate the start of Summer Reading!  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: All ages can enjoy hero-themed crafts and activities, plus snacks and a superhero photo booth 11 a.m.: Hero story time for families with children ages 0-8. 
Father's Day

Father's Day Craft

Dads, if you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids this is it! Join us for a special craft time to celebrate Father's Day. This program is great for children of all ages and their dads.

Basketmaking Workshop

Pass a pleasant Sunday afternoon learning how to make a basket. Materials and instruction will be provided by a local artisan. Registration is requested but not required. Please email if you would like to participate.

Bikes + Knitting

Brush off your knitting needles and join us as The Knitty Gritty Committee (Southwest Library's very own knitting circle) celebrates National Bike Month! David Quick of Southeast Neighborhood Library and resident knitting aficionado extraordinaire will be on deck to highlight different knitting patterns you can use to spruce up your bike, including a pattern that has the D.C. flag on it! Free. No registration required. Knitting needles are available to borrow.

Sewing Workshop: Make Your Own Bike Bag

Join local sewing teacher Chris Cooper to learn basic sewing machine skills and make your own bike or tote bag.