Using the Library After School

Tenley-Friendship Library

Using the Library After School

A guide for middle schoolers and their parents

Middle schoolers and parents,

The Tenley-Friendship Library offers after-school programs, homework help, books, computers with Internet and online databases to help make your school year a success. This is the time of year when we receive questions from middle students and their parents about using the library after school. We’ve prepared responses to some of our frequently asked questions.


Can my middle schooler come to the library after school?

Yes. Middle school students are welcome and encouraged to come to the library. Generally, after-school for students begins at 3:15 p.m.  During regular school hours, we ask children under age 18 to be accompanied by an adult or have written permission from their school.  

What online resources does the library have to help middle school students?

Online resources for students include:

■ Live homework help

■ Language learning with Little Pim

■ Databases for help with school projects

■ Learning Express Library 3.0 with Common Core State Standards.

These services can also be used outside of the library over the Internet using a library card. Middle School students who have DC One Cards are able to use that as a library card.

What sort of programming does the Tenley Library offer middle school students?

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:15 PM the library hosts an  “After School Lounge”, where teens can bring a snack, hang out, and play board games. Special activities are featured in the lounge throughout the year as announced. For specific lounge themes, visit our events page.  

Can a parent call and have staff check to see if a child is in the Library?

We cannot verify whether or not a child is at the library over the phone.

  If you have other questions, the staff at the Tenley-Friendship Library are always willing to help. We can be reached by calling the children’s desk 202-727-1449 or emailing the library at

Here’s to a wonderful school year!