Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

Owl Art Baby Lap Time

Baby Lap Time

Monday, October 23, 2017, 10:30 am

A story time experience for our youngest library users and their caregivers. These 20-30 minutes story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, tickles and bounces developmentally appropriate for children ages birth to when they start walking.  Baby Lap Time is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading in a positive and fun atmosphere. This story time is designed so the baby will be in their caregiver’s lap and the grownup is actively involved in the program. It is recommended that each child have their own adult with them. 

Adobe Creative Suite Drop-In

Monday, October 23, 2017, 1:00 pm

Reserve the library's Adobe Creative Suite laptop to work on an individual project, or learn how to use an Adobe CS program (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and others). This SELF-GUIDED (DIY) session is 3 hours long and a government-issued ID will be required. Please note that you may lose your reservation if you are late to your session 15 minutes or more. Please visit to register.
Adult Program

Mid-Morning Movies

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 11:00 am

Come join us every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. for a mid-morning movie. This program is designed for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities; it’s also open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Monster Can Painting

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 4:30 pm

Get geared up for ghouls and goblins this October. Paint your own monster can. For kids ages 4 and up.    
Baby and Toddler Story Time Image

Baby and Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 10:00 am

These 20-30 minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children birth to two years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their caregivers are encouraged to engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program.
Photo of yoga class

Yoga for All

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:30 pm

Destress and come back to your natural state of balance with this restorative yoga practice led by Tara Bishop, Chopra Center Yoga Certified Teacher. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, or a few mats will be available for use. First-time attendees will be asked to sign a participation waiver. This is a no-cost class for everyone!    
Family Story Time Image

Family Story Time

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:00 am

Story time fun for entire family, these 30-40 minutes story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Promoting language and literacy skills, these story times are a great way to further your child's lifelong love of reading and learning. Children and their grownups are encouraged to actively engage and participate with the stories and activities during the program.  All programs are free and open to the public.
Kids Euro Festival

Power of Poetry Puppetry Program

Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:30 pm

Pirjo Polari-Khan and her puppets will take children back to a time in Finland when stories were passed on orally. This event is intended for children ages 7 and up and will take place in the 2nd floor activity room.    
Trick or Treat

Halloween Party

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:30 pm

Heading down to the Shepherd Park Halloween Parade? Join us beforehand in our upstairs activity room for Spider Slime, Frankenstein Bowling, Spider Web Maze Challenge, a Ghost Pinata, music and snacks! Fun for all ages!   Questions? Contact Elaine Pelton at 202-541-6100 or  
Kids Euro Festival

'Pantin' Puppet Making - Kids Euro Fest

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 3:00 pm

 Make your own traditional French jumping-jack puppet and learn about the outrageous escapades of folk characters, Pierrot, Columbine and Harlequin. Best for children ages 5-12 and their caregivers.