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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.

Library projects

Latest Construction Updates

Find out the latest on renovations and improvements to your libraries

DC Public Library is building and renovating libraries across the city to provide state-of-the-art library services. To date, 15 libraries have been completely rebuilt or renovated. Find out more information at dclibrary.org/news/constructionupdates.  

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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.

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What's Out There?

"The stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.” -Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

The wide vacuum of space: black, never-ending, mysterious and beautiful. Haven’t you ever wondered what could be lurking among the stars? These YA novelists have a few ideas, and not all of them involve peaceful alien alliances or inter-dimensional romance.   The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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The Magic of Books

Celebrate the Joy of Libraries and Books and the People Who Love Them

Any librarian or author will tell you that libraries hold a special place in their heart. Often it's because one librarian treated them kindly or the library stood in as a safe place to escape from senseless troubles. Sometimes, it was the unseen world found in books that ignited a hidden creative talent. In this selection of books for young readers, celebrate the magic of books and the discoveries that follow when you surround yourself with stories and people who love them.  

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C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

In celebration of Black History Month, distinguished historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver presentations throughout February. The award-winning historian, humanities scholar and exhibitor of artifacts has appeared at DC Public Library since 1989. He has spoken at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, Arena Stage, colleges/universities and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.

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