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Checkmate! Join our Chess Club

There's a new club happening at the Parklands-Turner library. It's the Chess Club! Several kids sat down to learn the basics on how the game is played by starting with an overview of the pieces and setting up the board. Some of the kids were familiar with the game and played a friendly game against each other. 

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MLK Chess Club

For chess players of all ages and skill levels!

Do you know your en passant from your en prise? Your Sicilian Defense from your Ruy Lopez opening? If not, no matter! If you want to learn the basics about how to play or are trying to find some new partners for live games, the MLK Chess Club is for you: we welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Just bring your desire to enjoy "the royal game," and we'll provide the board and pieces.

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Preteen Video Game Tournaments

Since last December, the West End Neighborhood Library has been hosting Preteen Video Game Tournaments that have catered to the West End neighborhood's middle school students. Every 2-3 weeks, these young gamers have gathered in the library's Large Meeting Room to test their racing skills at Mario Kart or to score a flawless victory against their opponents in Super Smash Bros.  The most recent video game tournament was on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Six preteens gathered raced against each other for the top score in Mario Kart. The Children's Library Associate, Cal, entered the race toward the of the tournament, but his preteen competitors thoroughly trounced him in nearly every round. It's quite hard to navigate the turtle shells, ink splatters, and other obstacles on the track, but several of the preteen contestants maneuvered around them effortlessly.  The West End Neighborhood Library will continue hosting the Preteen Video Game Tournaments on the following spring dates:  Thursday, May 12; 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm  Thursday, May 26; 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm  Thursday, June 2; 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm  Thursday, June 23; 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm  Please check the West End branch's blog for any changes! All tournament sessions will be hosted in the West End branch's Large Meeting Room, unless otherwise noted. The Preteen Video Game Tournaments are open to all children ages 8-12. Join the the fun and show off your skills!   

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 . . .