Educational Programs


DC Eat Smart/Move More Workshop

DC EAT SMART/MOVE MORE is a nutrition education program in the District of Columbia Department of Health that is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). EAT SMART/MOVE MORE is a partnership between the District of Columbia of Health, Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau and the Department of Human Services, Economic Security Administration.  
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Make Music Day at the Library

Enjoy live music in front of the library from 1 - 8 p.m. in celebration of Make Music Day. Lineup of artists include: Arthur Diggs and Joe Miller Cristian and Yana Trifilio Tango Trio Ukulele Teach 'n Play (family program with with Middle C) Bryan McEntire
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Snapchat 101

Downloaded Snapchat and now you're unsure of what to do next? Join us and learn how to add friends, use filters, and selfie like a pro. Bring your phone with you. Meet us in the Dream Lab!
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RACE: Talc and Ash with Holly Bass 360

Holly Bass of Black Space returns to DC Public Library with RACE: Talc and Ash.  
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The History of Games

The History of Games: Examine the scope and history of human civilization through this two hour class on historical board games. Did you know that backgammon is one of the oldest games in the world and has been played for over 4,000 years? Do you know where chess originated and the strange path it took through peaceful trade routes and contentious wars to become the world’s most played game? This class will teach you all of that and more!
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From Farm to Table: Healthy Cooking Class

Book-it-to-Health -  Meet at 6 p.m. with our Good Food Market partners at the Langdon Park Community Garden, 24th & Franklin St. NE, for a little weeding, watering, and harvesting in the community plot. Stick around for a mini-fitness class led by Kaaos Gym, as we make our way through Langdon Park to the Woodridge Public Library at 7 p.m. for a fabulous, garden-inspired cooking class with UDC Nutrition Specialist Chef Theresa Rosser.
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Farewell Yarrow!

Join us as we bid "farewell" to the Peabody Room's 1822 portrait of Yarrow Mamout, which is being borrowed by the Smithsonian Institution for display at the National Portrait Gallery through 2019.  Brief presentations will be given by:
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James Madison: Burning Down the (White) House

Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses how James Madison, author of the Constitution, was a brilliant political thinker but a bumbling president who let the British army burn down the President's House and the U. S. Capitol in 1814.   Location Peabody Room (3rd floor):  

Join us for our June Lecture series with Author C.R. Gibbs

On June 15th C. R. Gibbs will talk about The Secret History of Juneteenth.  If you miss this presentation you can join us again on June 29, 2016 where Mr. Gibbs will talk about The Mass Incarceration of African Americans and lts Effects on their Families. Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Program at DC Public Library? Check it out and Go for the Gold--Read!

Book Hill Talks: Discussion of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Otis Ramsey-Zoe, Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions, Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University, and Series Editor for NoPassport Press's Dreaming the Americas Series, will be on hand to discuss William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.