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It's a great time to read a book as a family! Join the Library for DC Family Reads as we read New Kid by Jerry Craft. Unlimited eBook copies are available for download, now through June 15. Find discussion guides and more information here.
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Join us on Twitter, Monday-Friday, to participate in virtual book clubs. New topics are discussed each day and you can easily join the conversation by using the hashtags listed below.
|Every 1st and 3rd Monday||6:30 p.m.||Trivia Night||#StayatHomeDCTrivia|
|Every 2nd and 4th Monday||7 p.m.||Young Adult Novels||#DCPLNewYA|
|Thursday||Noon||Ask a Librarian||#AskaLibrarian|
|Thursday||8 p.m.||Local writers chat||#DCwriterschat|
|Every 3rd Friday||1 p.m.||Graphic novels||#graphicnovelfriday|
If you enjoy story time, you may already have some favorite fingerplay songs to help your child sing and develop their fine motor skills together. More than ever, thorough handwashing is important for everyone in the family. Build handwashing into your routine and keep even your young children washing for the whole recommended 20 seconds by singing these fingerplay songs together while washing hands. For even more fun while practicing the songs, create your own handwashing stations.
Explore counting and various textures with your child by creating a hands-on sticky wall.
Shake it up!
Teach colors and countings with this fun arts and crafts activity.
DIY Face Masks
Grab your needle and thread, and craft your very own face masks with this step-by-step guide.
Join us over on Facebook Monday - Friday at 10:30 a.m. for a live video story time. Fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Are you a non-native speaker of English who would like to practice your English language skills or build vocabulary? If yes, join us on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for virtual ESL Conversation Circles. The online sessions are for non-native speakers of English ages 18 and older with low intermediate or higher English language skills. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
Interested in practicing your American Sign Lanuuage? Converse and learn basic signing skills, vocabulary words and rules of grammar Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon and 1:15 p.m. with Librarian Janice Rosen. Contact email@example.com for the video conferencing link to join.
Virtual Mending WorkshopThe Labs' monthly DIY Mending Meetup is going digital. Join us in a private video chat to connect with other menders, get advice on how to fix common issues, and show off your quarantine sewing projects. Sign up here for this event to be invited to the chat. The online sessions will begin on Wednesday, April 15 and will meet every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. Join in any week.
Find the full list of virtual programs on the Library's calendar.
Many families are pursuing distance learning for the first time. While it can be an incredibly rewarding experience for families to learn together we know it can also feel overwhelming to find the right tools and resources that will help your student succeed. The library has put together a list of items that you can utilize while completing assignments. Many of these digital resources can be used without a library card if you are a District resident. You can also sign up for temporary library card.
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Also, did you know that you can preserve precious documents and papers from the comfort of your home by scanning them with your smartphone or tablet? Using the Notes app on iPhone or iPad, you can create, edit, and save PDFs. This is a quick, inexpensive alternative for digitizing your documents if you do not have access to a flatbed scanner.