Summer Reading


Life-Sized Candy Land

Celebrate the last week of summer vacation and your summer reading accomplishments by visiting the Candy Castle! But first you’ll have to travel through the candy cane forest and avoid Lord Licorice. Stop by to play our life-sized edition of the classic board game. Snacks included! Ages 4+  
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Milkshake! Music for Kids

The Grammy-nominated group Milkshake will perform in the Great Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. Bring the whole family for a very special musical program!  Call the MLK Children's Room if you have any questions: 202-727-1248 (This program replaces our regularly scheduled story time for babies and toddlers.)

Pokémon Crafts

Did you know that Tenley-Friendship Library is a Pokéstop? Stop on by to obtain items you need to hunt Pokémon. While you are here, make a couple of very simple Pokémon crafts. This is a drop-in event. We will be crafting until 3:00 p.m. or while supplies last.  

Pokemon Go Meetup

Visit our PokeStop, battle at our gym, meet fellow trainers, make candy sushi, and watch some of your favorite Pokemon episodes here at the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Branch. Don't forget to check out our Pokemon anime collection and to turn in your summer reading game boards you've been working on all summer! Forgot to sign up for summer reading? No worries, there's still time left to sign up in between catching your favorite Pokemon!
Kids Dancing

Music and Movement

Sign up to sing, dance, and play instruments with your child! For children ages birth to 6 and their caregivers.  To register for this program, please call the Children's Room at 202-282-3113.  Don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

Wii Are the Champions!

Inspired by the upcoming Summer Olympics? You too can Go for the Gold this summer during:Zumba for Kids on Tuesday, Jul. 26 at 4:30 p.m. and Wii Sports competition on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 4:30 p.m.   Children ages 4 and up can come play with us and score like champs in a fun, friendly, competitive environment of your peers!                 
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Hola Cultura’s DC Latino History Project

Hola Cultura interns have spent the summer investigating the history of Latinos in Washington DC, furthering research begun last summer when they mapped the Latino community from 1970 to 2010 and focused on how Mount Pleasant, Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan became the first Latino neighborhoods in the District of Columbia.
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End of Summer Reading and Back to School Craft Party

Come spend time at the West End Library to celebrate the end of summer and the start of the school year! Grab a fun book to read for when you are not doing school work, create some scribble art, learn how to use a DC One Card to check out library books, and redeem any unclaimed summer reading prizes. All Ages
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Collaborative Author Talk with Ruth Schimel, PhD

Please join Ruth Schimel, Ph.D., in a thoughtful, beneficial conversation in which she’ll use her expertise and experience to help you access your courage.
Self Defense

Self Defense

D'Angelo Kinard will teach basic self-defense techniques to use in various situations.  Waiver required. Please see a library staff member for more information.