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Celebrating Eloise Greenfield

Award-Winning Children's Author and Poet

Thank you, Eloise Greenfield, for your uplifting stories and positive portrayal of African American family life. Your stories and poems live on in the DC Public Library.    Picture Books by Eloise Greenfield

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Poetry by Marlena Chertock

Featured on the DCPL Podcast series "Access This"

On the latest episode of the DCPL Podcast series Access This, local poet and co-chair of the OutWrite Festival, DC's annual LGBTQ+ Literary Festival, Marlena Chertock talked with Jenny about disability in the literary community and shared a few poems, which are printed in their original forms below. *You can listen to the episode, which includes a full transcript, at *Check out the OutWrite Festival August 6th-8th, 2021 by going to and learn more about Marlena at


My Reentry to Poetry

This year I set out to read genres that I’m not drawn to. The list includes mysteries, horror, and poetry. My introduction to poetry was in grade school, and I was not impressed; I just couldn’t understand the deeper meaning behind the metaphors, and it was not enjoyable. Now, far removed from grade school I’m setting out to re-discover the genre.

2021 Haiku Contest Winners!


The 2021 Haiku Contest was a great success at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library! Thank you to all the participants. It was a joy to read your creations! And the winners are:    Child When I read a book I feel like I'm in a dream I just love to read!

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Haiku Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our Haiku Contest! There were lots of wonderful entries and it was hard to choose, but we were able to decide on three great haiku. Read the winning entries here: Adult - Katrina Moore yearning the day  the soft smiles, visible,  safe without their masks Teen - Comfort Nkop Books are like my home. They open doors to a world. It seems like a dream. Child - Marciane Guilmard Capital I live 

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Georgetown Haiku Contest Winners 2021

Congratulations to the Georgetown Neighborhood Library winners of the 2021 Haiku Contest! We will be displaying all of our many wonderful haiku entries in our front window. Thank you to everyone who participated!  Adult winner Hefty hardbound books Like soothing weighted blankets Comfort mind and soul by Kevin Clark

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2021 West End Haiku Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 West End Library Haiku Contest!  The library judging panel was delighted that the submission pool was so strong. All participants demonstrated facility in the art of haiku writing and are commended for their excellence. Without further ado, here are the winners: Adult Category  

2021 Haiku Contest Winners


The 2021 Haiku Contest was a great success at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library! We received so many thoughtful entries and it was a joy to read each one! Thank you to all who participated! Here are the winning entries:

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Congratulations Haiku Contest Winners!

The Capitol View Library would like to thank all of the people who entered the DC Public Library Haiku Contest!  We received many great submissions and choosing winners was not easy.  

Winning Haikus

Haiku Winners Thank you so much to everyone who entered a haiku. We had so many wonderful submissions. Special thanks to Ms. Bopp at Our Lady of Victory School for encouraging her students to enter. The winners are: Adult (submitted by Ricky): A screen does not know the warmth of hugs or how good