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Science Saturdays at Shepherd Park

Published on Friday, August 1, 2014

Science event at Shepherd Park LibraryHere’s a riddle, What do bubbles, pennies, maple syrup, string, marshmallows, empty shampoo bottles, grocery bags, and plastic pigs all have in common? If you said all of these words are plural nouns, you would be correct, and should perhaps consider a career in teaching English. If you said all of these things sound like fun to play with, you would also be correct, and should go round up some of this stuff right now, and see what you can create before your mom finds out you are raiding the kitchen cabinet.  If you said that all of these things can be used in the name of scientific discovery, you would ALSO be correct, but you clearly have a unique way of processing things.

Over the month of July, the kids of Shepherd Park had a blast making crazy bubble prints, building and tossing parachutes made from grocery bags, mixing all manner of strange household liquids, assembling water crafts for plastic pigs, and designing outlandish constructions from marshmallows, string and spaghetti.

Did all of our experiments turn out precisely as we had predicted. Well, not exactly. But did we learn from our failures? You bet we did. We learned that when you mix just about every color in the universe together, you get a color resembling greenish mud.  We learned that when a paper plate carries too much water on top, the yacht-ride you just promised your plastic pig turns into a brisk swim.  We learned that big marshmallows are better than small marshmallows for holding sticks together, and that they are also slightly tastier.  We also learned that when you use up all the bubble solution and try to disguise having used up all the bubble solution by pouring a bunch of water into the container, you’re not fooling anyone. 

But if you missed out on all the marshmallow madness and flotation frenzy in July, never fear. Our August line-up promises to be just as mesmerizing, amusing, messy, and packed with opportunities for scientific discovery, both intentional and accidental.        
Here’s the August lineup. Drumroll please…..

The Science of Sound, Saturday, August 2 at 3:30 p.m.
Chemical Bounce, Saturday, August 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Tornado in  Jar!!!, Saturday, August 16 at 3:30 p.m.
Make and meet the amazing Dancing Oobleck, Saturday, August 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Looking for awesome and hilarious picture books about the trials, challenges and rewards of the scientific process?   
Check out these new titles, available through DC Public Library! 
The Most Magnificent ThingWhat Floats in a MoatRosie Revere Engineer

Summer Reading Fun at Shepherd Park

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

                         Calling all kids!
Kids with booksWhat could possibly be more fun than spending summer vacation visiting the library and returning home with an armload full of your favorite books!

No guesses?

How about getting PRIZES for returning home with an armload full of your favorite books?

Aha! We thought that might get your attention.

And truly, what could be more fun than performing mad science experiments and getting messy with paints at our Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday, June 7?  You can’t even begin to imagine, can you?

A New Teen Program!

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Are you a fan of anime?  Interested in Japanese culture?  Or maybe you don't have a clue what anime is.  No matter what you're level of familiarity with anime is, come join us for Anime Club!

Wednesday, April 23 is our first Anime Club meeting.  We will be watching a couple of episodes of anime, talk about our favorite series, and learn about Japanese culture.

Anime Club will meet the third Wednesday of every month (after April) from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  It is a teen program.  Snacks will be provided.

How to win friends and influence people, using stuff that smells good

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014
Cover image for The story of Ferdinand

Aromatherapy? Geez, that's a six-syllable mouthful. What does that even mean? Let's break it down:

Beyond Good and Evil

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014

Book cover image of Beyond Good and EvilThe Philosophy Café is an informal gathering of individuals who enjoy discussion of philosophical ideas.

Each meeting, we will select a classic philosophy book that covers some well known puzzles of the field of philosophy. We will use a very accessible introduction to Philosophy written by Dion Scott-Kakures as our overall guide. The topic might be the nature of truth or the existence of free will.

Twelve Years a Slave

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014

Book cover image of Twelve Years a SlaveThe purpose of the American History Book Club is to generate an informal discussion of major political and social issues that appear in American History. We will select a recently published book on a topic such as the Civil War or the Depression or the book behind an important film and use that work as a jumping off point for debate. Participants need not have read the whole book but simply think about the problems the book explores.

Published on Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, the library can’t help you with those last minute dinner reservations, but we can suggest a few fun ways to explore the holiday that won’t break your budget.

We have plenty of free resources available to get you in the spirit.

Where is Baby's Valentine? Have a new addition to your family?

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DC Public Library will open at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DC Public Library is closed Tuesday, Jan. 21 due to inclement weather.

Learn - Apply - Enroll

Published on Sunday, January 12, 2014

My School DC LogoWhich school will your child call My School?

For this coming school year (2014-15), DC Public Schools (DCPS) and participating public charter schools have a common application and lottery. Visit MySchoolDC.org to find everything you need to learn and apply, or come to one of the information sessions listed below. The application closes Feb. 3 for grades 9-12 and March 3 for grades PK3-8.

Please call the My School DC Hotline at (202) 888-6336 or email info@myschooldc.org for additional information.

Scandinavian Yule Crafts at Shepherd Park

Published on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Any guesses what this is?