Summer Reading

Dog Days of Summer Reading

It's not too late to sign up for DC Public Library's Adult Summer Reading program Literary Elements, and, if you are a regular library user, you are probably already eligible for program prizes!

"Out of The Basement" Screening and Discussion

Join DC Filmmakers Natalie Avery and Kyle Centers for a screening of their documentary short, Out of the Basement followed by question and answer/panel discussion about the issues the film raises.  

Movie Night at Southwest Library

Come beat the heat, see a hot movie, and--adults--check off a block in your summer reading goals!Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this 2013 thriller that will draw viewers into the infinite and merciless realm of deep space.

Summer Science: Sinkers and Floaters

Make your own boat out of clay, foil, paper, or cardboard; and then test the concepts of displacement, upthrust, buoyancy, density, and surface tension as we compete to see whose boat can hold the most pennies without sinking.  Because small objects are used, children participating in this activity should be age 5 and above.  Registration is required.

Civil War Medicine

Kyle Wichtendahl from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD will be speaking about Civil War medicine.  Learn about the challenges faced by doctors, nurses and surgeons during the Civil War, while learning about innovations that let to modern military medical systems.

Summer Science: Flyers and Gliders

Using the concepts of lift, drag, thrust, and gravity, design your own paper glider or plane.  Then, test whose aircraft can stay in the air the longest.  All ages are welcome.  Registration is required.

Forensic Mystery Workshop for Teens

Explore the intriguing field of forensic science!  

Database Demonstration: Freegal and Zinio

Library staff will lead a demonstration on navigating the Freegal music and Zinio magazine resources: come learn how to download and stream millions of songs and over 100 magazines for FREE! Adults and teens can also use the training to help them fill a block or earn a badge toward their summer reading goals.

Wii & the Physics of Dance

Come join the Teen Summer Reading Fun!  Wii Dance Moves & the Physics of Dance: Teens will have fun playing Just Dance on the Wii, and they'll learn about the physics of dance. Teens will earn a Game On Badge towards their summer reading progress!   

S.T.E.M. Summer Fun

Are you interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and/or Mathematics?

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