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The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Author Talk: Nadia Hashimi

Celebrating International Women's Day

Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel, The Pearl that Broke its Shell, is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.

Aaron Burr - Third Vice President of the United States

'The Intriguing Aaron Burr'

By Jamie Stiehm, U.S. News and World Report op-ed columnist

Please join us in the Peabody Room on Saturday, Feb. 28, for the 1 p.m. talk, “The Intriguing Aaron Burr: Vice President and So Much More” by Jamie Stiehm, U.S. News and World Report op-ed columnist.  

Georgetown Neighborhood Library Closed for Repairs

On Friday, February 13 a sprinkler pipe burst in the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Water damaged the historic Peabody Room on the third floor and walls on the second and the first floors. Fortunately, there has been minimal damage to the historic collections of the Peabody Room.  

Library Closed February 17

DC Public Library is closed Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather.

Be the Architect of your Life

Be the Architect of Your Life

Visioning a new you

Visioning is a process of creating the life you want. Of finding the dream in you and translating it into a three-dimensional world. Visioning is defined as "purposeful daydreaming applied to everyday life."  It is the voice of the "creative conscience." Visions energize, motivate, and commit you towards the new mental model of yourself.    Visions help you  Think about your future

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Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense

Workshop for effective communication

Learn how to negotiate verbal snares and snarls. Susan Lowell of Tenlytown T'ai Chi will lead two free workshops based on Suzette Haden Elgin's books. The workshops will cover the same material, but feel free to participate in both. Join us in the afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. or stop by after work on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

M.C. Escher

Drawing Basics

Art Workshop for Adults

Drawing is a soothing yet expressive activity that people from various disciplines can enjoy. Learn drawing basics or improve your skills in our three-part workshop for adults:   Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. Materials are provided and the classes are 75 minutes each. Please note that the class size is limited to 12 participants.

Fruits & Vegetables

A Talk About Diet & Health

Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.

Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician and researcher whose area of interest is diet and health. He is the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Dr. Barnard is particularly interested in diabetes. He will speak about the connection between diet and health. The event is free and open to the public.

Image: Georgetown Blind Date with a Book Display

UPDATED: This February, the Library is Back in the Matchmaking Business...

Blind Date with a Book returns!

In celebration of Valentine's Day, the Georgetown Neighborhood Library has brought back its popular Blind Date with a Book display! As in previous years, we've filled it with a variety of books we think could be great matches, and all you have to do is make the first move.  Also, like last year, we're giving you blind daters a little added encouragement via the chance to enjoy a romantic meal at a nearby restaurant -- courtesy of a $25 gift certificate generously provided by the Friends of the Georgetown Library. To enter to win, all you have to do is:

Photograph of a lotus blossom


Breathe freely and move easily

This gentle exercise is ideal for seniors, those with injuries, or anyone interested in the mind-body connection. Steven Shafarman created the technique and will lead a free 90-minute workshop on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m., which is open to the public. Learn simple exercises that connect mind and body to promote natual breath and movement.