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The Magic of Books

Celebrate the Joy of Libraries and Books and the People Who Love Them

Any librarian or author will tell you that libraries hold a special place in their heart. Often it's because one librarian treated them kindly or the library stood in as a safe place to escape from senseless troubles. Sometimes, it was the unseen world found in books that ignited a hidden creative talent. In this selection of books for young readers, celebrate the magic of books and the discoveries that follow when you surround yourself with stories and people who love them.  

Summer Meals

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Meals Served July 2 -- Aug. 10

DC Public Library is participating in the 2018 Free Summer Meals Program.   Kids and teens eat free lunch on weekdays from July 2 -  August 10. No registration is required.  

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Constellation of Books!

Favorites from Our Young Readers

The Grand Staircase at Woodridge has a few obvious purposes- going up and down between floors, and relaxing on the benches. A new collaborative project also brings book recommendations from young library readers in the form of the Constellation of Books! Friends wrote down their favorite books for inclusion in this fun display along the staircase glass, taking us from the stairs all the way to the stars. See anything you'd like to revisit?

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Wintery Picture Books

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

I have a confession: I love snow. Okay, so I prefer to be inside while it's happening, but I love the way snow looks as it descends on the city. Here are some picture books that reflect and showcase the childlike joy snow can bring.   Walking in a Winter Wonderland illustrated by Tim Hopgood

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DiNovember at Cleveland Park

Dinosaurs have invaded the Cleveland Park Library for the month of November! Come out and hunt for dinosaurs!  Take out dinosaur quiz to discover what kind of dinosaur you are! Keep checking in this month for other dino-mite programs! Dinosaur Story Time: Monday, November 5th at 4 pm (All Ages) Dinosaur Crafts: Friday, November 9th at 4 pm (All Ages) Dinosaur Dig: Thursday, November 15th at 4 pm (Ages 4-8) Dinosaur Extravaganza: Monday, November 19th at 4 pm (All Ages)

Miz Bee and Caterpillar in front of Lamond-Riggs Library

Storybook Characters Come Alive

Book-o-ween at Lamond-Riggs

WOW! It was just last month at this time we were inundated with super heroes, princesses and every kind of storybook character.  It was the bee’s knees, even the Very Hungry Caterpillar came to Lamond-Riggs Library! All of the familiar storybook characters came to the library to celebrate Book-O-Ween. The teachers and children from nearby DC Bilingual perform this “car stopping” trick during the Halloween season. 

What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home

I'm a Big Sibling!

All about New Babies for Big Siblings

For parents, there’s a lot to take care of with a new baby on the way, but it can be hard on big-siblings-to-be, too! These books can help make understanding the how’s and why’s of the new baby easier on the big sibling. From younger kids who are concerned about how the new baby will change their family to older kids asking about how babies are made, this list has something for everyone. Happy reading -- and congratulations on your new family member(s)!

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Anacostia Library Homework Zone

Homework Zone

Welcome to The Homework Zone! The Anacostia Library staff cares about the education and well being of the youth in our neighborhood. In support of scholastic achievement, library staff invite children ages 8 to 15 to visit the Anacostia Library on Wednesdays after school for a unique study hall opportunity. Each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., library staff will establish a calm study environment called The Homework Zone in the children's room. 

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Invited and Inspired to Learn

For young and younger learners, with lots of visual elements

It may be back to, or the start of, school for your young learners, so here are a few creatively presented and beautifully illustrated books which enhance the presentation of content in appealing ways. They present messages and information using awe-inspiring visual images, and one of them offers twenty one hands-on activities. All of the topics are about enthusiastically accepting diversity.

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