Arts & Crafts

Image of book cover for "Romare Bearden: a black odyssey"

Make Art, Honor History!

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Take a break from the Teen Tech-A-Thon and stop by Teen Space to contribute your talent to our Black History Month collage.
sweater with heart-shaped elbow patches

Patch Up Your Heart: Valentine's Elbow Patches

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 5:00 pm

Romance-up your old sweater or shirt by sewing on some heart-shaped elbow patches. (Broken hearts and other less cheerful designs will also be available for the grouchy among us.) Please bring your own clean garment. Patch material, stencils, and sewing supplies will be provided. Space is limited due to the hands-on nature of the class, so please register at to reserve your spot.*
I Have a Dream Journals

I Have a Dream Journals

Celebrate King Week/Black History Month with us and make your own "I Have a Dream" journals. Using art supplies, children will create their own square, accordion books with words and art inspired by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is the Pokemon logo which reads, "Pokemon - Gotta Catch 'Em All!"

Pokémon Celebration Party!

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 3:00 pm

2016 was a year packed with Pokémon, with Pokémon Go on mobile phones, the Pokémon Company celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, the newest additions to the handheld games.  Let's start 2017 off Pokémon style - with a celebration! Join us in the Children's Room and Teen Spaces on Saturday, January 21, 3 - 5:30 p.m.  We will:   Screen a Pokémon movie on a big screen in the Programming Room adjacent to the Children's Room! 
Image of a Dragon from a Chinese New Year celebration

Chinese New Year Party

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 3:00 pm

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster - Chinese New Year! Take a look at some of these titles and join us in Teen Space to make paper lanterns, create fortune cookies, and test your ability to use chopsticks.
Paint Supplies

Books to Brushes: Strengthening Literacy Through Art

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 4:00 pm

Release your inner artist this Black History Month! Books to Brushes couples participatory reading activities with instructor-led painting sessions. In honor of Black History Month, children and teens will read and discuss a black history related book and paint a picture inspired by it. The session will be led by founder and teaching artist, Anike Robinson. Ms. Robinson is a Washington, D.C. based interdisciplinary artist with a master's degree in secondary education. She uses art as a means to support literacy in the classroom for grades K-12.  

Winter Party

Join us for cookie decorating, ornament making, festive music, and the chance to create your own personal snow! For children, teens, and parents. Sponsored by the Shepherd Park Library Teen Advisory Board and the Friends of the Shepherd Park Library

Lunch at the Labs: Ugly Sweater Decorating Party

'Tis the season to get ugly. Bring your own sweater to decorate in the most festively hideous way possible.  Materials provided.  Children younger than 6 are prohibited from the Fab Lab. Children ages 6 to 13 need to have a guardian with them during the entire program. Spaces are limited, so registration is required: Register online at
coloring pattern

Color That Stress Away

Do you need to take a deep breath after the holidays?  Join us at Palisades Library on Thursday, December 29, at 7 p.m. for a coloring program.  We'll have all of the supplies.  If you have some appropriate music, please bring it.  Join us and bring a friend.
seasonal headbands

Lunch at the Labs: Decorative Seasonal Headbands

Ready for some crafting this holiday season? Join us in the Fab Lab to create decorative seasonal headbands that can be the envy of all your relatives.   All materials will be provided.  Tis the season to be creative!   Space is limited, so please register online at