Neighborhood Library

Starting Sept. 7, the Rosedale Library, located at 1701 Gales St. NE, will be closed while the DC Department of General Services repairs the HVAC system. We expect to reopen the library on Oct. 4. During this closure, customers can visit Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE, or the Benning Library, 3935 Benning Road NE. In addition, holds placed for the Rosedale Library will be available for pickup at the Northeast Library.
open mic

Open Mic Night

Celebration of National Poetry Month

We are having an Open Mic available to ALL POETS, SINGERS, and RAPPERS! You will get 3 minutes to show off your talent! Open Mic: Thursdays, 5 - 6:30 p.m.​ April 6, 2017 April 13, 2017 April 20, 2017 For more information, visit the event listing.  


Piñata Creations

Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of this year’s celebration, join us as we make a simple Piñata made of papier-mâché and other crafty materials. This will be a two-day craft project: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m. & Thursday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m.   Check out more events at      


Maracas Creations

Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of this year’s celebration, join us as we make a simple Maracas made with crafty materials.   Thursday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m. Family Program Check out more events at    


Look at Students of Ballou

Humans of Ballou

Humans of Ballou: The Ballou Story Project : Volume 3 This book is written about a High School located in Southeast Washington, District of Columbia. It is located in in Ward 8. The school is named after Dr Frank Washington Ballou. This book gave the students a desire to keep the future alive, to express their feelings and to have confident in themselves. Thanks goes to the Principal, Teachers and Students. I would recommend this book to families with Teens, Young Adults and Adults


Movie Fun For the Whole Family

James and the Giant Peach

A fun film for the entire family.  As the nights get shorter and we fall into autumn, James and the Giant Peach at the Rosedale Library.

Image of book cover for "Sally Ride : a photobiography of America's pioneering woman in space"

Sally Ride: Shoot for the Stars

Featuring Mary Ann Jung of History Alive!

In 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger, Dr. Sally Ride became America's first female astronaut. What was it like to be our first woman in space?  How do you eat, sleep, and work in zero gravity?  

Infinite Possibilities International Film Series

The Library is partnering with Infinite Possibilities International for a five-week film series. The viewing and discussion of international films will engage and expose both adults and youth on issues of urban life, community building, wildlife and other interesting topics in other cultures. The proposed films include mixture of adult and youth/family films in alternating weeks.

Children of Imprisoned Parents International

Workshop: Parental Incarceration and Children’s Misbehavior

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Children Under the Arms of Community is a workshop for successful family functioning & parenting among families with a parent in prison. In this workshop, you will learn about: Effective Parenting Responsibility and Discipline Better Family Relationship Redirecting Misbehavior Co-Parenting  All are invited: parents, caregivers and educators.  


Reading Power Hour

Summer Reading program

Hey Everybody!  Join us this summer at Rosedale Library for our Annual Reading Power Hour: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4-5:30 p.m.  Starts Sunday, June 21 and ends Saturday, Aug. 22.