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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.

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.

Summer at Capitol View

Activities for children all summer long

Looking ahead to plan summer activities for children?  Look no further than the Capitol View Library! With a wide array of engaging and hands-on programming, there is always something to do.  Summer Challenge

Witches Abroad, by Terry Pratchett

Something For Both of Us

Books for you, and the young reader in your life

It’s sometimes hard to find a book that you and your child can tolerate. With that in mind, here is a list of chapter books that can be enjoyed by anyone, from your middle grade reader to your grandmother. It will certainly make reading before bed more fun, or you can read them on your own to recapture your inner child.  

Fall in Line HOlden by Daniel Vandever

#OwnVoices in Indigenous Picture Books

While there’s a wealth of picture books depicting the Native American experience, many of them are by white authors. The importance of #OwnVoices works, particularly when it comes to pieces for children who may not yet have the skills to determine what is an accurate portrayal of Native life and culture, is clear.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

A Short History of Harry Potter Events with Tolonda Henderson

The DC Public Library first hosted Harry Potter scholar Tolonda Henderson in 2015, with the presentation “When Fandom Wears a Cap and Gown: Academic Perspectives on Harry Potter,” which took place at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library. Since then, Mx. Henderson has presented lectures at Tenley-Friendship Library, Southeast Library, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on the significance of birthdays in Harry Potter, banned books and information in Hogwarts’ library, plus “Ask a Harry Potter Scholar.” Mx.

Dance for All

Dance for All with the Washington Ballet

Southeast Library is happy to host the Washington Ballet for the upcoming program, Meet a Ballet Dancer, which is part of their Dance for All. Dance for All is a community engagement initiative that brings free performances, demonstrations and dance classes to every neighborhood in Washington, DC. Dance for All puts the Washington Ballet’s mission to bring the joy and artistry of dance to our nation’s capital int

Sunny Side Up book cover

When You've Read All the Raina Telgemeier... (Part 1)

...try some of these.

You may know and love Raina Telgemeier (listen to her pronounce her name here) from her graphic novels Smile, Sisters,

New At Capitol View

Welcome back to Capitol View Library!  If you have not yet already visited the fully renovated library, we invite you grab a friend and bring the whole family to check out the space, take in some of the fantastic new art pieces, and participate in all of the exciting new programs.  Listed below you will find a sampling of some of the engaging new programming being offered.  For a full listing of all programs, including dates and times programs are being offered, please view our

Chicken in the Kitchen

Children’s Picture Books Set in Africa

I chose this topic for my eight-year-old self who wanted to read books with characters that came from where she came from, ate the foods she ate, and looked like her.     Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank

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