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The Anacostia Library will be closed from Monday, July 22 - Sunday, Aug. 4 for a scheduled facilities project. Learn more on the Anacostia Library page.

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Discover Summer: Go, Find, Explore with an illustration of an open book, the Washington Monument and the Capital Building against the sun

You’re invited to Discover Summer with DC Public Library from June 3 - Aug. 31. Discover Summer is an all-ages city-wide celebration of reading and learning. With Discover Summer you will enjoy great reads, fun events and activities that encourage you to explore your neighborhood and D.C. Everything you need to Discover Summer can be found at your neighborhood library!

Download Your Discover Summer Companion Guide

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Discover Summer Birth - 5 Companion Guide Cover

Looking for more fun ways to Discover Summer? Stop by your neighborhood library to pick up this year's companion guide or download the pdf to print from home!

Birth - 5  English Companion Guide       Birth - 5 Chinese Companion Guide

Birth to 5 Amharic Companion Guide   Birth to 5 Spanish Companion Guide

 

Ages 6 - 12 English Companion Guide    Ages 6 - 12  Chinese Companion Guide  

Ages 6 - 12  Amharic Companion Guide     Ages 6 - 12  Spanish Companion Guide  

 

Discover Summer Events

Wolf Trap Comes to DC Public Library

Enjoy a variety of Wolf Trap Family Arts Experiences with programs for young children taught by master teaching artists about the movements, sounds and instruments of West African Traditions; take an imaginary journey to a rainforest to learn about the importance of protecting these unique ecosystems; and a puppet show about animals in a great big tree.

Find a Wolf Trap Program Near You

Enjoy Engaging Stories with Story Tapestries

Story Tapestries is bringing several of their incredible storytellers, musicians and artists to DC Public Library locations across the District. These are the perfect opportunity to stop by your neighborhood library, get inspired, learn something new and dance the wiggles out!

Find an Upcoming Story Tapestries Program Near You

Recommended Reads

Summer break is a great time to read for fun. Creating a healthy reading habit is easy, you just have to read for 20 minutes a day! To get you started, DC Public Schools and DC Public Library have selected some great reads by age range below.

Discover Summer Reading Guide

Books for Preschool - Grade 1

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Big

Big

Vashti Harrison

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Ahoy!

Ahoy!

Sophie Blackall

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Today

Today

Gabi Snyder

Grade 2 - 3

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An American story book cover

An American Story

Kwame Alexander and Dare Coulter

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Aaron Slater and the Sneaky Snake

Aaron Slater and the Sneaky Snake

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

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Rica Baptista

Rica Baptista

Janet Costa Bates and Gladys Jose

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Breaking News

Breaking News

Christine Platt and Alea Marley

Grade 4 - 5

Popular Services for Children and Families

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STAR: Sing, Talk, and Read

Information, tips, and suggestions for singing, talking, and reading with your child from birth to age 8.
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Beyond the Book

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