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Coretta Scott King Medal

Coretta Scott King Award Challenge at Southeast

Celebrate the legacy

Help Southeast Library celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

Summer Challenge 2018

Summer Challenge 2018

Read 20 minutes a day. Every day. (June 1 - Aug. 31)

Take the DC Public Library Summer Challenge Kids, teens and adults can win prizes for reading this summer by participating in the 2018 DC Public Library Summer Challenge.  Reading just 20 minutes each day keeps your mind active and helps you stay engaged over the summer. Every 20 minutes you read or every library event you attend brings you closer to earning great prizes like free food from Chipotle and tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.

Read Feed

Bored with your reading options? Feel like you've read all there is to read of a particular subject? DC Public Library is here to help. Click here to find personalized recommendations and online book clubs, or scroll down for staff-curated readings lists.

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Summer Reads

Making and discovering history, here in DC and abroad. Returning characters have mysteries to solve and new adventures. Below are a selection of titles I enjoyed reading over the summer months. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Now Streaming: Summer Reading

Available on Kanopy!

Looking for great movies to watch this summer? Enjoy fantastic adaptations of popular and classic novels in this special "Summer Reading" collection on Kanopy, free with your library card! Discover the lives of the authors who wrote these books with in depth documentaries. For beginning and young independent readers, a selection of Kanopy Kids titles are available. This special collection was compiled by Kanopy staff.

DC Public Library 2nd Annual Dinosaur Roaring Contest

2022 DC Public Library Dinosaur Roaring Contest

DC Public Library wants to hear you roar in D.C.'s second annual Dinosaur Roaring Contest!

This year, DC Public Library once again called on dinosaur fans of all ages to share their best impressions of their dinosaur breed of choice. Across D.C., neighbors recorded their best killer pterodactyl shrieks, mean tyrannosaurus growls and wicked brontosaurus grunts! See the winning entries below!

My Shot: Balancing it All and Standing Tall

Pride Month 2022 Reads with the Washington Mystics

Adult and Young Adult Autobiographies and Biographies for Pride Month

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. June’s theme is Pride. In honor of Pride month, we have selected some amazing autobiographies and biographies for both adults and young adults that explore the lives and careers of LGBTQIA+ athletes.

Staff Interview: Monica W.

Ezebube interviews the teen librarian at Mount Pleasant

What is your favorite part about being a librarian?  

Staff Interview: Aleezah R.

Blair Mushala interviews Alece, a preschool teacher turned library worker at Palisades

How long have you been with DC Public Library? How many branches have you worked at so far?  I have been working at the Palisades library since January of 2019 

Staff Interview: Abby H.

  1. How long have you worked at the library? What is an average day like for you?