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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.

Broaden Your Reading Horizons

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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Books to Read on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Observed on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2005, Jan. 27 is recognized as International Holocaust Remembrance Day which both honors the victims of the Holocaust and supports the development of educational programs to remember the Holocaust and prevent future genocide. The date is significant because it was the date that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. The DC Public Library has selected a few reads for children and teens that can help families learn more about this important topic.

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Words, Beats & Life

Art & Music Workshops

Learn to channel your thoughts & Feelings using music, art & self-expression! Teaching artists from Words, Beats, and Life will help you find and harness your voice. This art workshop program will happen during month of March on March 2nd at 4pm March 9th at 4pm March 16th at 4pm See you there!

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Cupid Kids

Community Edition

DC Department of Aging and Community Living Cupid's Kids – Community Edition Create by Feb. 1, 2023 Make Valentine's Day Cards for Seniors   This year, you’re invited to help us spread some love and cheer by creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards. Help us make this year's Valentine’s Day extra special for our seniors. HOW DO I MAKE A CARD? 1. Create a card with construction paper or card stock. 2. Decorate with Valentine’s Day theme in mind.

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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!

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