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Chess board

Scholar's Mate

Anacostia Library invites you to join us on the Plaza for Scholar's Mate, a fun outdoor activity where we will teach the basics of Chess along practice matches on Thursday July 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [LS-246526-OLS-20]. Add to Calendar

Blood Sweat and Pixels

Videogames and Society

Videogames have become giant players in the entertainment industry. Video game revenue exceeds that of streaming video services and of global film box office revenue. Like television and film, games have become important part of cultural life as entertainment, business, community and art. The books below all touch on pieces of how digital games intersect with our everyday lives and how they came to do so.  

Game On

Board and Video Games at Tenley-Friendship Library

Play these games at our monthly Game On! program

Game On! is held one Saturday each month starting at 1 p.m. All ages are welcome to come play board and video games. See calendar for exact dates. Below is a list of some of the games we offer.    Video Games ARMS Just Dance  Mario Kart 8 Bros. Pokken Tournament Splatoon Super Mario Maker


Chess Book Recommendations from a Chess Expert

Discipline is essential in chess and in life. In chess you might see a piece you can take that may seem free for the moment but the change in position could have some consequences for you. Chess improves your critical thinking skills. I think everyone, at any age, should learn how to play chess. Since high school I've been a competitive chess player; playing in tournaments up and down the east coast. I'm also a United States Chess Federation certified chess coach and I've taught many people of various ages the game.

Chess Club Wednesday's

Chess Club

Wednesdays at Francis Gregory

Whether you've been playing for years, or are interested in learning, come join us for an evening of chess. All ages and experience levels welcome.  The Chess Club will meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting May 9, 2018, in the first floor conference room.   

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande cover

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #13: Read a nonfiction book about technology

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.


Get A Clue: A Winter Scavenger Hunt

Back by popular demand for our oh-so-clever 8 -12 year old Petworth pals!  On Tuesday, December 27 at 2:30 p.m., we are recruiting all super sleuths for our winter scavenger hunt! Your mission is to complete several physical challenges and solve our series of clues to win the final prize. You and your friends have 70 minutes to finish! This program information will self-destruct in 5 . . .4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .


International Games Day 2016!

Join us for a day of play!

Over a thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the ninth annual International Games Day @ Your Library, an annual celebration of games, play, libraries, learning and community! Help us close out National Games and Puzzles week with International Games Day @ Petworth Library. Last year’s event drew an enthusiastic group of gamers between the ages of 2 to 17 years old.

Bridge for all

Bridge for Everyone!

Read and Play Bridge

New to the game?  Do you want to engage in conversation, keep physically active and stimulate your brain activity? Then, join us for Reading Bridge, a beginner’s class in eight sessions beginning every Thursday from 1:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library. Sessions are taught by Daisy Smith, ABA and ACBL Certified teacher. Lots of reading material will be provided. So, read, play, and have fun at the same time!  

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.