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Coretta Scott King Medal

Coretta Scott King Award Challenge at Southeast

Celebrate the legacy

Help Southeast Library celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

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.

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.

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Celebrating Eating Outside!

August 31 was Eat Outside Day and the West End Library celebrated! Have fun reading stories and doing activities to celebrate eating outside with your children.  

The Day You Begin

Back to School Reads with the Washington Mystics

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with yoru library card! This month we are celebrating heading back to school. The first day of school can be very exciting but it can also make children nervous! Starting a new grade, meeting a new teacher and making new friends can give a child some anxiety about heading back to the classroom.

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Celebrating Ice Cream!

July is National Ice Cream Month and the West End Library is celebrating! Have fun reading stories and doing activities to celebrate ice cream with your children.  

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Now Streaming: Summer Reading

Available on Kanopy!

Looking for great movies to watch this summer? Enjoy fantastic adaptations of popular and classic novels in this special "Summer Reading" collection on Kanopy, free with your library card! Discover the lives of the authors who wrote these books with in depth documentaries. For beginning and young independent readers, a selection of Kanopy Kids titles are available. This special collection was compiled by Kanopy staff.

DC Public Library 2nd Annual Dinosaur Roaring Contest

2022 DC Public Library Dinosaur Roaring Contest

DC Public Library wants to hear you roar in D.C.'s second annual Dinosaur Roaring Contest!

This year, DC Public Library once again called on dinosaur fans of all ages to share their best impressions of their dinosaur breed of choice. Across D.C., neighbors recorded their best killer pterodactyl shrieks, mean tyrannosaurus growls and wicked brontosaurus grunts! See the winning entries below!

What is Juneteenth?

Celebrate Juneteenth with the Washington Mystics

Learn about the history of Juneteenth as a family with these great books for children.

In 2021, Juneteenth became the nation's newest federal holiday. A celebration that originated in Galveston, TX, the date recognizes the June 19, 1865 announcement that freed enslaved people in Texas which was the last state with institutional slavery.