Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

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Family Story Time

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 11:00 am

Story time fun for entire family, these 30-40 minutes 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.  All programs are free and open to the public.
Fringe Music in the LibraryKamyar Arsani

Fringe Music in the Library :: Kamyar Arsani

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:30 pm

Fringe Music in the Library continues with Kamyar Arsani. A multi-instrumentalist Sufi singer-songwriter from Iran, Kamyar has played the “Daf,” an Iranian frame drum, since he was 11. He also learned Kamancheh with Master Ardeshir Kamkar and Sohrab Pournazeri and self-taught himself guitars and drums. Originally from Iran, he now resides in Washington DC where he teaches “Daf,” in addition to being the singer of the band Time is Fire.
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Baby Lap Time

Monday, November 20, 2017, 10:30 am

A story time experience for our youngest library users and their caregivers. These 20-30 minutes story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, tickles and bounces developmentally appropriate for children ages birth to when they start walking.  Baby Lap Time is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading in a positive and fun atmosphere. This story time is designed so the baby will be in their caregiver’s lap and the grownup is actively involved in the program. It is recommended that each child have their own adult with them. 

Adobe Creative Suite Drop-In

Monday, November 20, 2017, 1:00 pm

Reserve the library's Adobe Creative Suite laptop to work on an individual project, or learn how to use an Adobe CS program (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and others). This SELF-GUIDED (DIY) session is 3 hours long and a government-issued ID will be required. Please note that you may lose your reservation if you are late to your session 15 minutes or more. Please visit to register.
Adult Program

Mid-Morning Movies

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 11:00 am

Come join us every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. for a mid-morning movie. This program is designed for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities; it’s also open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
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Baby and Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:00 am

These 20-30 minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children birth to two 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 caregivers are encouraged to engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program.
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Yoga for All

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7:30 pm

Destress and come back to your natural state of balance with this restorative yoga practice led by Tara Bishop, Chopra Center Yoga Certified Teacher. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, or a few mats will be available for use. First-time attendees will be asked to sign a participation waiver. This is a no-cost class for everyone!    

Hanukkah Crafts for Kids

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3:00 pm

Gear up for Hanukkah at the library. Create your own Dreidel decorations and get some ideas for other fun Hanukkah-themed crafts you can do at home. Children ages 2 and older will enjoy this simple holiday craft. For questions about the program, please contact Elaine Pelton at 202-541-6100.
The Day the Crayons Quit

Kids of the World Unite!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4:00 pm

Join us at the library for Martin Luther King Jr. Week this year, and learn how social protest movements throughout the 20th century have shaped the future. Kids will have an opportunity to generate their own ideas for making the world a better place and create their own protest signs. This activity will culminate in a kids' unity march throughout the interior of the library. Best for kids, ages 5-12 years.