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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

blocks and baby toes

Block Party

Northeast Library

10 a.m.
Bring your babies and toddlers to the Northeast Library's block party each Wednesday morning, from 10 to 11 a.m.! We'll have out blocks and toys for building for your budding engineers and their grown-ups. This is a chance for little ones to practice fine and gross motor skills in the library. This program is free and open to the public; no registration necessary. 
tutoring

Homework Hour

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

4 p.m.
Homework Hour is a space for students grades K-8 to get academic support. The tutors are high school volunteers that are here to help with homework or practice any skill. From reading to math, the student can get support with whatever they need help with. Tutoring will be held on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lego Construction Crew

Tenley-Friendship Library

4 p.m.
We supply the Legos, you bring your imagination. Recommended for ages 4-12.
ultimaker 3

Fab Test Lab: 3D Printing Certification

Fab Test Lab

5:30 p.m.
Learn how to use the Ultimaker 3 in an hour long class. After certification, you will be eligible to reserve time on the Fab Test Lab's 3D printers. Please arrive promptly at the start time of the class to ensure participation. Please note that a Fab Lab Safety Orientation must be completed prior to certification. 

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

Picture of child scientist in front of the volcano experiment they created

Little STEM Explorers

Mt. Pleasant Library

10 a.m.
Join us for science story time!  Little STEM Explorers is the perfect introduction for toddlers to basic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts. This interactive story time experience concludes with self-directed, hands-on experiments for children. Suitable for ages 2 and up. This event is ticketed on a first-come, first-served. For groups of more than eight please call 202-671-3125 to schedule a visit. Thursday, Jan. 9 - Penguins & Polar Bears Thursday, Jan. 16 - Building & Construction Thursday, Jan. 23 - Hibernation
Assorted LEGO bricks

LEGO Club

Woodridge Library

4 p.m.
Drop by and build something new during our weekly LEGO Club!  LEGO Club ends at 5:30 p.m.  Recommended for ages 4-12.

Lego Challenge!

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

4 p.m.
Come build your best Lego creation. Lego pieces are small. Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Picture of Scientist Children Dreaming of Science Concepts

STEM Thursdays

Mt. Pleasant Library

4:30 p.m.
Learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) concepts during this fun, interactive program! The fun includes hands-on science experiments, engineering challenges, or technology tinkering.  Thursday, Jan.  9 - Snow Experiments Thursday, Jan.  16 - Podium Design & Building: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Historic Speech Thursday, Jan. 23 - Hibernation Experiments Thursday, Jan.  30 - Maps with Bee Bots & Ozobots  
Image is the silhouette of a telescope against a backdrop of a vivid night sky filled with stars.

Stargazing with Telescopes at the Cleveland Park Library

Cleveland Park Library

7 p.m.
Join us at the Cleveland Park Library for a very special late-night event!  Come to the garden outside the Children's Room to hear local astronomy experts talk about the night sky, the International Space Station and the winter hexagon.  We will look at the stars through telescopes. Please dress warmly! Rain or snow date: Thursday, Jan. 30

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

sewing machine photo

Fab Test Lab: Sewing Machine Certification

Fab Test Lab

1:30 p.m.
This certification will teach you everything you need to know about using our sewing machines in the Fab Test Lab. Learn how to thread the machine, proper hand placement and everything else you need to start sewing straight lines and curves. Space is limited due to the hands-on nature of the class, so you must register at bit.ly/labsclasses to reserve your spot.*
ultimaker 3

Fab Test Lab: 3D Printing Certification

Fab Test Lab

3 p.m.
Learn how to use the Ultimaker 3 in an hour long class. After certification, you will be eligible to reserve time on the Fab Test Lab's 3D printers. Please arrive promptly at the start time of the class to ensure participation. Please note that a Fab Lab Safety Orientation must be completed prior to certification. 

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020

Legos

LEGO fun!

Mt. Pleasant Library

9:30 a.m.
Build, explore and play with LEGOs and DUPLOs in the Children's Room from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. This program is designed for children ages 2-12 years old and their caregivers.  
tutoring

Homework Hour

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

10 a.m.
Homework Hour is a space for students grades K-8 to get academic support. The tutors are high school volunteers that are here to help with homework or practice any skill. From reading to math, the student can get support with whatever they need help with. Tutoring will be held on a first come first serve basis.  
Children Building Clip Art

Little Builders

West End Library

10 a.m.
Build, construct, and explore with blocks, DUPLOS, and LEGOs  
fab lab logo

Fab Test Lab 101: Safety Orientation

Fab Test Lab

1 p.m.
This class will serve as an introduction to the equipment available in the Fab Lab and how to be safe while using it. Completion of this orientation is required in order to sign up for most classes and certifications in the Lab. Please bring your library card and photo identification with you.

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

an image of an open book is placed over a colorful space background

Pajama Story Time: Read Under the Stars!

Cleveland Park Library

4 p.m.
Come in your PJs (your regular clothes are good, too!) and bring a blanket to read under the stars indoors. First we will all decorate our own stars and decorate the room. Then, hear a space story from a librarian!  Lastly, we will all read our favorite stories, comfy and cozy under the night sky we made together. 
Picture of an Artist's Palette

Kid's Art Time

Mt. Pleasant Library

4:30 p.m.
Learn about famous artists and their artistic style! If you like creating art in various mediums and expressing yourself creatively, then join us!   Ages 4 and up  Monday, Jan. 6 - Winter Landscapes inspired by Wassily Kandinsky   Monday, Jan. 13 - Paper Snowflakes inspired by woodcuts              
I'm Trying to Love Math book cover

Lab at the Library: I'm Trying to Love Math

Petworth Library

4:30 p.m.
On the last Monday of the month, elementary-school-aged scientists ages 5+ are invited to explore interactive STEM-related activities. This month, we'll find out more about why math & science are so inseparable and use math in fun and creative ways. All children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Have children younger than 5? Check out dclibrary.org/petworth for upcoming age-appropriate activities such as play groups and story times. 

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

Not a Box

"Not a Box" Play Party

Southeast Library

3:45 p.m.
Children 6 and under and their caregivers are invited to join us downstairs every Tuesday afternoon to unleash their imaginations. Library staff actively engage children in dramatic and constructive play using a wide variety of simple supplies.     
light bulb made of gears

Make It!

Capitol View Library

4 p.m.
Create a different project with us every week as we explore arts, crafts, music, science and technology. Dive into maker and create projects such as musical instruments, computer programming games, paper helicopters, balloon racing cars and more! Recommended for children ages 6 and up & families.  
Laser cut diamond shapes

Fab Test Lab: Laser Cutter Certification

Fab Test Lab

4 p.m.
Learn everything you need to know about creating files for the laser cutter and using the machine. This class will go over the basics of laser cutting, safety procedures and the required software (Adobe Illustrator). Students will then be required to design and successfully cut a simple .svg file. Previous knowledge of design software is recommended.  All students will need to complete a Fab Test Lab Safety Orientation before they can take this class.
Nintendo Controller

Nintendo Switch Hour

Rosedale Library

4:30 p.m.
Play some games on Nintendo Switch for an hour with your friends at Rosedale! For ages 6-12. Groups with eight or more children must call ahead to ensure space. 
fab lab logo

Fab Test Lab 101: Safety Orientation

Fab Test Lab

6 p.m.
This class will serve as an introduction to the equipment available in the Fab Lab and how to be safe while using it. Completion of this orientation is required in order to sign up for most classes and certifications in the Lab. Please bring your library card and photo identification with you.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

blocks and baby toes

Block Party

Northeast Library

10 a.m.
Bring your babies and toddlers to the Northeast Library's block party each Wednesday morning, from 10 to 11 a.m.! We'll have out blocks and toys for building for your budding engineers and their grown-ups. This is a chance for little ones to practice fine and gross motor skills in the library. This program is free and open to the public; no registration necessary. 
Girls Who Code logo

Fab Test Lab: Girls Who Code

Fab Test Lab

4 p.m.
/start program "Girls Who Code" /print "Hello World!" Are you looking to learn to code? Do you want to build something amazing? The Fab Test Lab has just the thing - we're starting our very own Girls Who Code club!
tutoring

Homework Hour

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

4 p.m.
Homework Hour is a space for students grades K-8 to get academic support. The tutors are high school volunteers that are here to help with homework or practice any skill. From reading to math, the student can get support with whatever they need help with. Tutoring will be held on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lego Construction Crew

Tenley-Friendship Library

4 p.m.
We supply the Legos, you bring your imagination. Recommended for ages 4-12.
ultimaker 3

Fab Test Lab: 3D Printing Certification

Fab Test Lab

5:30 p.m.
Learn how to use the Ultimaker 3 in an hour long class. After certification, you will be eligible to reserve time on the Fab Test Lab's 3D printers. Please arrive promptly at the start time of the class to ensure participation. Please note that a Fab Lab Safety Orientation must be completed prior to certification. 

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

Picture of child scientist in front of the volcano experiment they created

Little STEM Explorers

Mt. Pleasant Library

10 a.m.
Join us for science story time!  Little STEM Explorers is the perfect introduction for toddlers to basic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts. This interactive story time experience concludes with self-directed, hands-on experiments for children. Suitable for ages 2 and up. This event is ticketed on a first-come, first-served. For groups of more than eight please call 202-671-3125 to schedule a visit. Thursday, Jan. 9 - Penguins & Polar Bears Thursday, Jan. 16 - Building & Construction Thursday, Jan. 23 - Hibernation
Assorted LEGO bricks

LEGO Club

Woodridge Library

4 p.m.
Drop by and build something new during our weekly LEGO Club!  LEGO Club ends at 5:30 p.m.  Recommended for ages 4-12.