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Coretta Scott King Medal

Coretta Scott King Award Challenge at Southeast

Celebrate the legacy

Help Southeast Library celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

Summer Challenge 2018

Summer Challenge 2018

Read 20 minutes a day. Every day. (June 1 - Aug. 31)

Take the DC Public Library Summer Challenge Kids, teens and adults can win prizes for reading this summer by participating in the 2018 DC Public Library Summer Challenge.  Reading just 20 minutes each day keeps your mind active and helps you stay engaged over the summer. Every 20 minutes you read or every library event you attend brings you closer to earning great prizes like free food from Chipotle and tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.

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New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

The design process for the new Lamond-Riggs Library is underway. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.

Read Feed

Bored with your reading options? Feel like you've read all there is to read of a particular subject? DC Public Library is here to help. Click here to find personalized recommendations and online book clubs, or scroll down for staff-curated readings lists.

Maker Camp

Maker Camp

Participants will create several craft projects that incorporate science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Recommended for ages 6-12. Choose from any (or all!) of the following classes: Wednesday, July 5, 2 p.m. - Intro to Maker Camp Thursday, July 6, 2 p.m. - Sewing 

Announcement

Please note: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library located at 901 G St NW is closed as of March 4, 2017 for modernization. Central library interim services will take effect on May 8, 2017 unless otherwise stated.

New Cleveland Park Library

Library Opens June 16, 10:30 a.m.

The new Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, opens June 16. Join Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Grosso, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and members of the Library Board of Trustees for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. followed by a day of family friendly festivities to celebrate the new Cleveland Park Library. Learn more about the project at dclibrary.org/newclevelandpark.

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African American Poetry for Children

The triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience are discussed in these illustrated poetry collections. Studies show that reading and writing poetry helps children develop vocabulary, phonetic awareness and an ability to talk constructively about their feelings. Please see the Library's Black Studies database collection to find additional information about African American history.

Blueberry Muffin Murder

Wintery Cozy Mysteries

Curl up at the Fireplace with These Frosty Capers

Have you been pining for snowy drifts with all the warmer weather reports coming our way lately? The only thing to do is turn for a book. So, I’ve assembled a list of snowy, cozy mysteries to keep you company by the fire, even if the weather outside refuses to cooperate. Set in a variety of different places, these mysteries will take you to Cleveland, Ireland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and England—all during crisp winter weather.

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Voices From the Dead!

Novels Published Posthumously

The first four of the five novels listed, were not published in the well-known author’s lifetimes. The exception is the fifth book because it was first published as a magazine serial by an anonymous author and would have languished in obscurity, save for an accidental discovery. Many readers will recognize the names of the other authors: Louisa May Alcott, James M. Caine, Claude McKay and Irene Némirovsky.  

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