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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.

Photo of Lamond-Riggs Library Exterior

New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

The design process for the new Lamond-Riggs Library is underway. Take our Survey. 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.

The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

Washington's Got Talent

Books of Poetry by Local Writers

There is no question that Washington, D.C. is a political and cultural capital. The city also happens to be a hub for the written word, being the home of many writers and literary events and festivals.   In the spirit of celebrating the literary heritage of D.C., here is a list of books of poetry available at DC Public Library written by local authors.  

Southwest Library Closing June 1

The Southwest Library will close permanently on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 5:30p.m. to allow for the construction of the new Southwest Library. Construction of the new Southwest Library will begin later in June at 900 Wesley Pl. SW. The DC Public Library is working with Perkins+Will and Turner Construction as the design/build team for the new library which is fully funded at $18 million. The new library will feature: Environmentally sustainable design with solar panels and a green roof More public space Lots of natural light

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford

The Stories of Our Lives

Human evolution from prehistory onward

Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? These questions were famously posed by painter Paul Gauguin.  And we're still asking them today.  With recent advances in the fields of genetics, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, some answers are emerging. Sometimes disturbing, always fascinating, the story of our human origins has been a popular topic writers have been exploring for many years. Here are several titles that address the many questions about our human journey.

Lizard

Roaring Reads

Picture books for every dino lover

One of the most common reference questions I get asked is "Where are the dinosaur books?" It's easy to point to the non fiction dinosaur section and leave them to browse but there are also so many good dinosaur picture books if you take the time to look for them. Here is a list of some of my favorites. 

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