Juanita E. Thornton / Shepherd Park Library

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?

How about getting PRIZES for performing mad science experiments and getting messy with paints?

Summer Reading registration begins June 1.  Just stop by the library to get your folder and sign-up prize, then come back as often or as little as you like, and let us know what you’ve been up to, for opportunities to win even MORE prizes. No stress. No commitments.  And every kid who meets their summer reading goal will walk away with two Nationals Tickets and a chance to win his or her very own tablet.   

“This sounds too good to be true!” you say. There must be a catch.

You are obviously a wise kid.  There is almost always a catch. 

Well then, "What’s the catch?" you ask.
Fine. We will tell you the catch. But only because we trust you not to go blabbing it all over town.  Are you ready? Here it is.

For all the time that you spend this summer laughing out loud to the Dork Diaries or pouring through the pages of your favorite Marvel Super hero graphic novel , for all the minutes you spend watching puppet shows, or drumming and dancing to Latin rhythms, you are actually keeping your brain sharp, retaining the learning you have done throughout the school year, and developing the skills you need to become successful in life. 

"Ridiculous!" you exclaim.  "Absolutely inconceivable! How could stuff that’s this fun be good for me?  Eating broccoli is good for me, and I HATE broccoli."

We know it is super weird, but it’s true and we are begging you to keep this on the down low. It is a SECRET.  Do not tell your friends.  Do not tell your parents.  If your friends and parents figure out that awesome stuff like reading graphic novels and drumming is as good for them as eating their vegetables, then they might not be so excited.      

So check out the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park calendar for a full listing of special events in June, including: Fun with Citric Fizz, Cantaré Music with Cecilia Esquivel and Blue Sky Puppet Theater. But remember this is our little secret ;-)  


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?

'The Tale of Despereaux'

Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tale of DespereauxPick up a copy of The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, winner of the 2004 Newbery Medal.

Enjoy this heart-warming adventure, perfect for the holiday season. Then, join friends at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. for pizza, discussion and a movie!

Copies of both the original and graphic novel versions are available for check-out at the circulation desk.