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Screen-free activities for children

Here's a list of books that offer inspiration for long days at home (and/or out and about) with children. 

Rock the Bauhaus

Celebrating MLK Main Library's Reopening

MLK Memorial Library is a unique and beautiful building, but why does it look the way it does? Join Allie from the Creative Labs in learning about Bauhaus and how a German design principle helped build our library’s main branch. You can try your hand at designing a Bauhaus-inspired object too! Check out the video on YouTube here.

Secrets of Podcasting: Audio Blogging for the Masses by Bart G. Farkas

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Start Your Podcast Today!

"There's an app for that!" Well, there's a podcast for that, too!  From business to hobbies, podcasts are EVERYWHERE.  What's your podcast idea? Want to learn more? Here's a collection of e-books (and an audiobook) to get you started.

Mending Life

Mending Clothes & Ourselves

Inspirational and Instructional Books on Mending

As Elizabeth Cline explores in Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, our overconsumption of textiles is ecologically disastrous, contributes to labor and human rights abuses, and is bad for our souls.

Quilting 101

Learn how to create your own quilt.

Watch and follow along as Allie creates a quilt from start to finish with these helpful video guides. Download Sweet Celebrations on OverDrive to follow the guide used in the video. Part 1: Materials    Part 2: Assembly

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Houseplant Heaven

Prepare for peacefulness

With autumn approaching, why not bring some of the outdoors inside to beautify your home and your spirits? Not only do houseplants provide color and texture to any home decor, they soak up nasty carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, contributing to cleaner air in your rooms. Many health studies (including one by NASA!) show that plants purify indoor air and contribute to reduced stress levels.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15, 2019

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library, Sept.15-Oct. 15. Bring your child to a special Bilingual Storytime on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. and have fun with a craft project afterwards. Join us for a children's movie showing on Oct.12 at 2 p.m.  Find new books honoring Hispanic heritage in our book displays throughout the month.

Haiku contest winner prize bag

Haiku contest winners

In honor of National Asian Pacific Heritage month in May, the West End Library hosted a Haiku Contest for all ages. One winner from the adult, teen and child categories were chosen. Patrons were invited to write a haiku about their love of books, stories, the library, or anything in DC and submit in person at the branch. Prize-winners took home library swag and had their poem posted in the library and on the DC Public Library website!

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Post-Carbon Living

Individual, Family & Community Adaptation to Life after Fossil Fuels

The lifestyles of most of us in the industrialized world depend heavily on fossil fuels. Despite its normalcy for many of us, the era of fossil-fueled extravagant living will look like a fleeting moment within a larger view of human history. Formed over half a billion years, fossil fuels are non-renewable, depleting, declining in quality and net energy, and their contribution to climate change, pollution, and other forms of ecological degradation make perpetuity of this way of life impossible. Either we change voluntarily, or let crises increasingly force us to change.

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