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Mother's Day Crafts

Tissue paper flowers

Mother's Day is around the corner! Make some Mother's Day crafts with us on Friday May 1, at 4 p.m. Children will learn to make tissue paper flowers and decorate a jar for their flower arrangements, and also make a card if time permits. While this program is for children of all ages, the very young may need adult assistance. Come and explore your creativity while having some fun.

Dia de los ninos

Dia de Los Ninos

Diversity In Action

Celebrate El día de los niños/ Children's Day on Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at our Music Time program. El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds and creatively celebrates all our children, the importance of bookjoy in their daily lives, and promotes celebrations that unite communities.

Shadowboxes

Wonderstruck Shadow Boxes

The art of collecting

On Wednesday, May 20, at 4 p.m., join us as we talk about the art of collecting and make our own shadow boxes. This program is in honor of Brian Selznick's book Wonderstruck, where they see a "cabinet of wonder" in a museum. Participants will learn the basics of how to preserve their own wondrous objects and then use materials to make their own cabinet of wonder.

3,000 doves displayed at Northeast Library

Northeast Library Celebrates D.C. Emancipation Day

3,000 paper doves on display

"April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves in the South.” -- C.R. Gibbs, Historian   Doves are often a symbol of peace and freedom. As such, more than 3,000 doves are displayed throughout the Northeast Library in honor of the “legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality.”   

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Book Bundles Over Break!

Small collections of books united by theme to inspire family fun!

Looking for ways to keep your child's creative mind engaged over Spring break? Stop by to pick up a thematic book bundle for you and your youngster to enjoy! With a variety of themes to delight and inspire, these book bundles showcase 5-7 fiction and non-fiction printed books, audiobooks -- plus a music CD or DVD -- and range in age-appropriateness from Pre-K to Second Grade. Examples of themes that can inspire extension activities:

Flier for the Animation Unplugged Workshop.

Animation Unplugged

A MEDIA SAVVY workshop

There are just two more opportunities for you to participate in this awesome program. The "Animation Unplugged" workshop is a dynamic program created by MEDIA SAVVY's founder Denaise Seals.  This course is an introduction to the basics of animation and is designed to stimulate recognition, discussion and comprehension of animated cinematic releases and video game technology. "Animation Unplugged" invites animators of all ages and artistic levels to create flip books, thaumotropes and other optical toys. 

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Mt. Pleasant Youth Arts Fair

Call for submission: Heroes of Mt. Pleasant

Calling all youth artists! Are you creative? Have you seen anything heroic in Mt. Pleasant this year? Then we want YOU to participate in this year’s Mt. Pleasant Youth Arts Fair! Every year, we host a public art exhibition of work by local students so everyone in the community can see what talented kids we have in our midst. Here’s what you need to know:

Clipart of LEGO head

LEGOs at the Library

It's a month-long extravaganza!

It's a LEGO extravaganza at the library! Why, you ask? Because we say so! LEGO activities are a wonderful way to encourage children to particpate in science-related activities by building, designing and testing solutions. Thus, while our love for LEGOS may simply have to do with the fun that can be had from this engaging activity, it appears that LEGOS offer more than just stimulating entertainment.  During the month of April, come to the children's room at Petworth library to engage in a variety of programs. These include:

DC Public Library to Help Showcase Co-working and Collaboration in Libraries at 2015 SXSW Interactive

At this year’s 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference, Librarian Nicholas Kerelchuk will represent the DC Public Library on a panel that discusses ways government leaders, social entrepreneurs, funders and non-profits may look to our nation’s libraries as partners in collaborative economic development.  Fox 5 News Washington profiled the Library invitation yesterday. 

St.Patrick's Day Crafts

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Friday, March 13 at 4 p.m.

Discover Irish traditions and culture with St. Patrick’s Day crafts! Did you know that the word shamrock comes from the old Irish word seamrog, which means "little clover"? Do you know what the Irish flag’s colors stand for?  Answer: Green for the Irish people; Orange for the English, who ruled Ireland for so long; and the white stripe in the middle stands for peace between the two.

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