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Black History Month Quilt Making with the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library

Join the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library as we celebrate the rich history of quilt making in the African- American and African Diaspora tradition by embarking on a 2-week quilt making experience. Here are a few great reads that are sure to inspire:    Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South, Gladys-Marie Fry

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BYO Pumpkin Primping

A day to decorate your personalized pumpkin at Petworth!

Following our Family Story Time on Saturday, October 24 and beginning at 11:15 am, every child may bring a small-to-medium sized pumpkin to the library for a fun time of decorating. No carving tools will be used, just art supplies, knick-knacks and inspiring visual aids to help creativity run wild as children personalize their pumpkins! This program is appropriate for ages four and up.

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Happy National Comic Book Day!

Creating Comic Strips with Fankids from Around the Globe

Petworth fankids had a great time discussing  comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels on National Comic Book Day (celebrated September 25th annually)! A custom-designed template guided the children in the creation of their own colorful, four-panel superhero comic strips. Afterwards, these anxious authors were excited to receive free comic books courtesy of "nice guy" Nick at Big Planet Comics, along with Chipotle meal coupons, DCPL tattoos, and congratulatory stickers.

The Art Lesson

Picture Books to Foster Art Appreciation in Children

You Never Know Who Could be the Next Picasso!

 The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola

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The Adult Coloring Club!

Get your color on

Are you a grown-up? Do you take “adult-ing” way too seriously? Do you miss your old pack of crayons? Are you ready to just unwind? Join the Northeast Neighborhood Library for Adult Coloring! It’s time to kick back, relax and be a kid again! Believe it or not, coloring for adults is all the rage. The following is from the New York Times article, "Trendy but Calm: Adult Coloring Books Selling Like Crazy":

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Create Your Own Comic

Especially for young fans of comic books and comic strips!

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m. for a fun program in honor of National Comic Book Day (Sept. 25). We will be reading Easy Reader "comic books," picture books written in the style of comic books and creating our own comic strips! This is a fun storytelling, reading, writing and drawing program for children ages 6 - 9.  

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Art in Our Sky

...and the science behind it all!

Heralding nature's fall splashes of color, library patrons recently were treated to a double rainbow arcing above R Street from a position outside our library's front door. This leads us to question the science behind the optics and find to our delight that DC Public Library's Access Video Collection delivers a weather video clip on the topic. Watch this video to learn about rainbow technology:

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Looking to take your art to the next level?

Join us for an Editorial Cartooning Workshop

You might have seen them online or even in the newspaper: editorial cartoons or political cartoons (as they are sometimes called) are illustrations or comics containing a political or social message that usually relates to current events or personalities. Cartoonists even use specific devises to get their message across.

400 Photographs - Ansel Adams

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Classic Photography

Good photographers document the people and events, both large and small, that encompass our shared history. Here are collections by just a few photographers who captured twentieth-century America, in that long-ago time of yore before Instagram and selfies. To discover more, come into the library and browse the books with the call number 779.

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Overcoming Artist's Block

Books to Awaken Your Creativity

Are you in an artistic rut? Artist's block got you down? The following books are sure to help you get back in your creative zone. I've selected a few titles that have personally helped me, and one new publication that I can't wait to download. No matter your discipline, any of these books will inspire you to lose your fears, get loose and start creating art once again.

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