These 20-to-30-minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and finger plays for children from birth to 2 years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program
Story time fun for the entire family, these 30-to-40-minute story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Promoting language and literacy skills, these story times are a great way to further your child’s lifelong love of reading and learning. Children and their grownups are encouraged to actively engage and participate with the stories and activities during the program.
Young builders are invited to explore their creativity through imaginative play. Including Legos, puzzles, or other STEM related activities, all are welcome. For children aged 5 or up and their parents/caregivers.
Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years! Children and their grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
Feeling crafty? Children can join us for a fun, simple after school activity that gives them a chance to show their creative side.
Some skills needed for a project may require the assistance of a parent or caregiver. For ages 5 and up.
Art is a wonderful way to engage your child in a meaningful activity. Help them to practice their fine motor skills while learning to express their creativity through projects. Each week we will explore a different idea or topic. For ages 6 and up. Large groups please RSVP in advance.
Whether you’ve been playing for years or are interested in learning from U.S. National Master David Bennett,
come join us for an evening of Chess! All ages and experience levels welcome.
The Chess Club will meet every Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. For more information, please call (202) 727-6044.
Pablo Picasso was a revolutionary artist. Here at the Francis A. Gregory branch, we will celebrate his achievements on Tuesday, August 12 at 4:30 p.m. by encouraging children to embrace the artist within themselves and paint masterpieces! The Pint-Size Picasso Painting Party is a crafting program where children will be encouraged to sketch, draw, and paint their own wonderful creations. Ages 6-12.
Calling all kids! Can you sing, dance, or act? Do you know how to perform magic tricks? Do you like to write and perform poetry? Then come and participate at the Francis A. Gregory Library’s talent show for children ages birth-12, on Wednesday, August 20 at 4:30 p.m. The talent show will showcase the artistic abilities of the neighborhood’s children. Registration before the show at the children's information desk is strongly recommended, but we will sign up acts until the show starts! Don’t miss it!
LEGOs are a great tool for facilitating creativity and using your imagination, as well as a great way to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Many architects and engineers credit playing with LEGOs as children as a primary reason for sparking interest in their fields. Besides all of that, they are also just plain fun!
Francis Gregory Library is now a site for Maker Camp from Google and Make: magazine! Every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, we will be watching a team of makers as they build awesome projects, go on epic virtual "field trips", and interview the world's coolest makers.
Fantasy books don’t always have to star dragons, aliens, or other imaginary creatures. Sometimes, the best fantasy books use the real world as their basis. July’s book selection for the Fantasy Book Club is The Toothpaste Millionaire, does just that!