Summer Programming for Youth at the Shaw Library

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Summer Programming for Youth at the Shaw Library

Our summer programming schedule is finalized! Please see below for times and appropriate age ranges. Please call if you intend to bring a camp or school group, as these programs fill up! We will also be continuing our regularly scheduled story times and rock-alongs through the summer.

Martha Speaks! Book Club

Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., July 12 through August 23.

Come read books about dogs, do Martha Speaks! Activities, and even meet some real life furry friends courtesy of People Animals Love, a D.C. nonprofit organization providing animal companionship to the community. For ages 4 to 10.

Travel to Asia with Ms. Lorraine

Tuesday, June 7, at 10 a.m. in the Story Time Room.

Travel to Asia through stories and activities.  Recommended for ages birth to 5 years. 

Make your own Superhero: Comic Gook Character Drawing Workshop

Friday, July 8, at 11 a.m. in the Story Time Room.

Learn the origins of superheroes from around the globe, and discover how they are similar to or different from each other. We will learn to draw our superheroes with exaggeration, expression and movement in color using a step-by-step figure drawing session. Coordinating the action of the figure with the dialogue bubbles will complete the drawing.  

Recommended for ages 6 to 12 years.

American Sign Language Story Time: Kami and the Yaks by Andrea StennStyer

Thursday, July 14, at 11 a.m. in the Story Time Room.

Told in American Sign Language for the hearing impaired, this story follows Kami, a deaf Sherpa boy,  and his family as they carve out a life for themselves guiding families up the mountain on yaks.  When the yaks cannot be found one day, Kami sets off into the high mountains to find them.  Though confronted by storms and separated from his family, Kami finds the courage he needs to bring the yaks home.  

Recommended for ages 5 to 12. 

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre: If Pigs Could Fly

Tuesday, July 19, at 1 p.m. in the Story Time Room.

Travel with our friends, Chester, Buster and Suzy Pig as they go to the library to participate in the summer reading program "One World, Many Stories." Travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to see four types of puppetry: shadow, rod, hand and toy theater with a special feature of a "cranky."  Recommended ages 3 to 8, but enjoyable for all ages.  

Sushmita Mazumdar--I Wish, I Dream, I Promise: Make a Book to Celebrate You

Friday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. in the Story Time Room.

Listen to my story about how I go, tiny Buddhist Prayer Wheel in a tiny town 10,000 ft above sea level in the mountains of India.  How does it work? What does it have inside? See how it inspired me to create my book of wishes, and learn how to make your own.  

Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

Albus Digital Photography Workshop

Wednesday, July 27, at 4:30 p.m.

The Albus Cavus Classrooms are part of an initiative established in January 2010, offering classes, workshops, lectures and clubs related to art, science and technology. Experienced instructors, creative topics and hands-on approach in community settings.

For ages 12 to 19.

Teen Film Series

A classic teen comedy on our big screen at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays: July 13, July 20, August 3, August 10, August 17 and August 24.

For ages 13 and up.