Family Programs

50th Anniversary Balloons

Countdown to the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Palisades Library on November 15!

The Palisades Library will celebrate 50 years at the V St NW location from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Library Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will lead a keynote address beginning at 1:30 p.m. A special day of events is planned including technology workshops, local bands, and a puppet show!  See a 3-D printer in action and meet local community groups!  The day's events have been generously supported by the Friends of Palisades Library.
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Eclipse Watch Party

Can't find solar eclipse glasses? Want to see the full solar eclipse instead of the partial one visible in DC? Are you wondering what all the hubbub is about and want to hear from the experts? Join us as we live stream NASA TV on our large projection screen from 1 - 4 p.m. They will be showing the eclipse as it happens across the country, share scientific information about what is happening and connect you with others watching across the nation. All ages welcome.
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Summer Reading Finale!

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 4:00 pm

Join Woodridge Library to celebrate the end of summer reading! From 4-6 pm, we will be using our summer reading skills for a free build party!  We will be building with found objects to design cities, castles, transportation, etc. You are only limited by your imagination!  You can keep what you build!   *Note- finale will take place INSTEAD of LEGO Club! 
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Wesley Place Cinema: Family Matinee

Friday, September 15, 2017, 1:30 pm

A monthly film series for Adults with Children.   Enjoy a retro matinee experience complete with a short, a family-friendly film, and movie snacks! Call 202-724-4298 or 202-724-4691 or stop by the Children's Desk or the Information Desk to ask about this month's selection.  
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Step Afrika! Reads

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 4:00 pm

This program is designed to encourage young children of all cultural and economic backgrounds to be active. It emphasizes the importance of parents reading to their children on a daily basis. The 35-minute program is structured for preschool children and combines reading, exercise, and creative movement.   Reserve your free tickets
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Building A Better World Through Song with Mr. Lilo!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 4:00 pm

Sing, jump, and dance to original music and traditional songs in English and Spanish with "Mr. Lilo" and his guitar! Lilo Gonzalez is a bilingual singer/songwriter originally from El Salvador who has touched the lives of many people with his fun yet thoughtful music, sending a message to adults and children of all cultures that we can and should unite to build a better world for all.
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DC Shorts - Family Showcase

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 11:00 am

Saturday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m. This showcase runs approximately 45 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page. These films are appropriate for children aged 8+. A parents guide with discussion ideas may be downloaded from and will also be available at the Library.
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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Join us on Monday, August 21 to view the partial solar eclipse of the sun! Here in DC we will experience an 81% eclipse at 2:42 p.m. Though not a total eclipse, this event will be incredibly special! Those who attend the event will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses to view the eclipse with us in our garden. This event is for the whole family--all are welcome. We will have limited supplies of glasses, so only those who attend our event can use them.
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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:00 pm

Bring a stuffed animal friend to the library to hear a story & create your own photo album. Your stuffed animal will spend the night at the library, & when you come to pick your pal up, your personalized photo album will be filled with photos of all the sleepover adventures they had! Children of all ages & families are welcome; pajamas are encouraged but not required!

End-of-Summer Party!

Celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year at the library! We'll have games, snacks, and lots of fun indoor & outdoor activities! Kids & families of all ages welcome. (And if you haven't already finished summer reading, now's a good time to complete the program and pick up your prizes!)