Arts & Crafts

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Adult Coloring

Join us monthly for these relaxed coloring sessions. We will provide the coloring sheets and colored pencils, though personal supplies are welcome as well. The sessions will last from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Questions? Email

Between the Lines: Coloring Club for Adults

Coloring just isn't for kids! Get some mid-day relaxation by joining West End every Tuesday and Thursday for Between the Lines, the coloring club for adults. Coloring sheets and coloring pencils provided.
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Maker's Social Club: Donald Duck Day!

The Labs are hosting a major birthday bash for one of the most beloved Walt Disney characters. That's right, Donald Duck Day is approaching!  Join us and celebrate the anniversary of Donald Duck's debut in The Wise Little Hen on July 9, 1934. Come reminisce in your childhood by creating 3-D printed ducks on our 3D printers. Light snacks will be provided.   
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Home Movie Magic

Have old video tapes lying around but no way to watch them? Come to Tenley Library and learn how to convert old home movies to new digital formats using commercial methods or the DC Public Library Memory Lab.  
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Making Music & Preserving History

Are you a musician or collector of music?  Are you interested in preserving your audiovisual materials, photographs, posters and other artifacts? Please join us for Making Music & Preserving History, a 90-minute personal archiving workshop led by Derek Gray,  DCPL Archivist, and Kenneth Despertt, Special Collections Librarian.  The program will take place in the Great Hall and will feature live jazz musical performances by the DC Legendary Musicians, Inc. band.   During the workshop, we will discuss:  
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Color That Stress Away!

Have you wondered if you can return to coloring books?  Do you want to relax or de-stress? Do you want to try something more complicated than a children's coloring book? All supplies will be provided, but you may also bring your own. Join us at Palisades Library on Thursday, June 9, and Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m.
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Open Stories: Poetry, Murals, and Monuments

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Tiny Art in a Matchbox

In this class, you’ll learn how to make small dioramas or “pop-ups” using a matchbox as your frame. We’ll briefly look at other artists who make miniature art and discuss the concept of a matchbox “theater.” We’ll then use X-Acto knives, paper, glue, old postage stamps, and magazine images to create a matchbox piece that you can take home with you.
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Photos of Petworth Showcase

The Petworth community was invited to tell stories of their daily lives through photography this spring. Come see fifty of our favorite photos, curated by the Open Stories committee. Light refreshments will be provided. 
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Learn Street Photography

Register for the workshop here. Learn the basics of street photography in this two hour workshop. We will begin in the basement of Petworth Library before moving outside. We will also learn how to upload their photos to Flickr