Summer Reading

Family Programs, Summer Reading, Kids, Crafts

Carry the Torch!

Are you excited about the Summer Olympics? Do you wish you could carry a flaming torch? The Library can't provide you with a real flaming torch, but we can help you to make a light-up pretend torch after preschool story time; and you can take your torch home with you! As part of the Parklands-Turner Library Summer Reading Kickoff celebration from June 7 to June 10, all neighborhood preschool aged children are invited to participate in a special craft project following the 10:00 a.m. story time in the Children's area of the library on Tuesday, June 7. 
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Go for the Golden Pancakes; Read!

It's time for the Parklands-Turner Library to host our official Summer Reading Kickoff with a contest to help you get excited about the DC Public Library's Summer Reading theme for 2016 "Go for the Gold; Read!"
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Summertime T'ai Chi

Join Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T'ai Chi, who has taught previously at the Georgetown, Tenley-Friendship, and Palisades branches of DC Public Library, for this special summertime session of the low impact martial art. All skill levels are welcome.
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Live Action Angry Birds

Warm up for a summer of reading, romping, and revenge on evil pigs! We'll be kicking off Summer Reading 2016 at Shepherd Park Library with a live action version of the hit game Angry Birds.  Make your own angry birds, build an evil pig tower, and catapult your way to destruction. And while you're knocking down pigs, sign up the whole family for summer reading!   All ages welcome. Second floor program room.  
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Author Event: Matt de la Peña

Young adult Author and Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña will speak in the Great Hall.
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History/Biography Book Club

Every month, we discuss a book about important historical events, figures and more. 
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DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show w/ LOUD BOYZ :: GOVERNESS :: HEAVY BREATHING

Celebrate the DC Punk Archive at the historic MLK Jr. Memorial Library with our next installment of the Library Basement Show featuring Loud Boyz, Governess and Heavy Breathing

The Labyrinth: Walking as Meditation

Come learn how to use the ancient practice of labyrinth walking to clear your mind and reflect on your own life journey. Together we'll learn about the history of the labyrinth as a spiritual practice and how to incorporate it into our daily lives. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using both finger labyrinths and a full sized floor model.
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Drawing Up Close

Have you ever noticed that things appear differently from up close? Use our magnifying glasses to observe and draw everyday items in a different way.  Check out this short list of books that challenge the reader to look and guess what things are when looking at them from a different angle.   Whose Eye Am I? by Shelly Rotner
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FRINGE Music in the Library:: MUNDY :: The CooLots

MUNDY is a Washington, DC-based New Wave Soul band. Up-beat and visually engaging, with backgrounds in performance art, theater, and dance, MUNDY is a theatrical rock experience. Their concerts feature choreography along with stylized visuals and body moving melodies. Tailored for general and diverse audiences, MUNDY’S mission is to create a memorable, entertaining, and positive environment.