DCPL E-NEWS: Beyond Words | Week of Nov. 28, 2022


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Celebrate Singing, Talking and Reading During the Holidays

Kick off the holiday season with DC Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 - 5 p.m. when we reveal our epic holiday window display at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library! We invite you to participate in our first annual Children’s Holiday Fest by participating in a series of activities that encourage families to practice incorporating singing, talking, and reading into their routine during the merry, busy, and bright holiday season. Take a free family holiday picture while you’re here to share with friends and family. Visit the beautiful children’s space, sign up for a library card all while enjoying free giveaways – like hot chocolate bombs - while supplies last.

 
After you walk through the Library display, make sure to check out the Downtown Holiday Market on F Street between 7th and 9th Streets NW for more sweet treats and some holiday shopping!
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DIY your Holidays with CreativeBug
This holiday, why not try your hand at a new creative project? With CreativeBug, the whole family can embark on a craft to help decorate the house or you can make and give thoughtful handmade gifts to friends and loved ones. Learn how to sew your own Christmas tree skirt, pour your own candles, or embroider a winter landscape - the options really are endless. Explore them all with your DC Public Library Card!
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Make Some Noise at the Library with Punk Author Talks
This Saturday, Dec. 3, DC Public Library's Punk Archive is exploring different facets of the D.C. punk scene at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
 
Shotgun Seamstress Book Launch | 1 p.m.
The author of Shotgun Seamstress, Osa Atoe, brings together a panel of Black zinesters to celebrate the release of her book. Panelists include: Alex Smith (Arkdust), Rachel Aggs (I Trust My Guitar), Ambrose Nzams (Demystification) and Fabiola Ching (Hermetic State), and will be followed by a book signing and zine-making activity.
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What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman | 3 p.m.
Join the library and Solid State Books for a conversation with photographer Glen Friedman to discuss his new book What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman. In conversation with Ian MacKaye of Dischord Records, Friedman will discuss his photographs of this iconic punk band with a slide show of photographs and conversation with the audience. 
 
Learn About Fatherhood and Equitable Caregiving with Equimundo
The DC Public Library is excited to invite community advocates and partners for a panel discussion about how engaging with fathers and men can foster caring households and communities. The event, hosted in partnership with Equimundo, will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
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This Week At the Library
 
See what programs are coming up this week in person and online at the Library!
 
Ward 1 | Mt. Pleasant Library
We Deserve Monuments with Jas Hammonds and Ebony LaDelle | Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the debut novel of Jas Hammonds We Deserve Monuments with a conversation about Young Adult literature and storytelling. Learn More and Register
 
Ward 2 | Georgetown Library
Giant Used Book Sale | Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.
Stop by the Georgetown Library and pick up a used book (or two - or many). Learn More
 
Ward 3 | Chevy Chase Library
Family Story Time | Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m.
Promoting language and literacy skills, these story times for the whole family are a great way to further your child’s lifelong love of reading and learning. Learn More
 
Ward 4 | Petworth Library 
Writers Working | Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
This writers workshops is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds and writing levels: beginners, veteran wordsmiths and emeriti. For all genres. Learn More
 
Ward 5 | Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library 
Family Story Time | Wednesday, Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m.
Fun for the entire family, these 30-40 minute story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages.Learn More
 
Ward 6 | Southeast Library 
The Great World of Days Poetry Reading | Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.
Poets featured in The Great World of Days will read selections from the new book published by Day Eight Books. Learn More
 
Ward 7 | Francis A. Gregory Library 
Children’s LEGOland | Monday, Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m.
An hour long fun time to play Legos for building ideas & activities for ages 5-12.
 
Ward  8 | Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Library 
Let’s Create | Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m.
A weekly craft experience using a bunch of different materials.
 
Central Library | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
ASL Film Fest | Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.
Come join us in celebrating the beginning of Clerc-Gallaudet Week on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a line-up of award-winning feature films featuring Deaf actors and actresses in major roles. We're highlighting some of our favorite films from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Center, Room 401-A. Snacks will be provided while they last! Learn More
 
Find all upcoming programs in your library or online on our calendar!
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Preserving D.C.'s Indigenous Culture with the Office of Historic Preservation and the Piscataway Conoy Tribe
 
Recently, DC Public Library was honored to host Chief Jesse James Swann Jr. of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe and DC Archaeologists Ruth Trocolli and Christine Ames from the DC Office of Planning-Historic Preservation Office, as well as local historian Armand Lione for a conversation on native artifacts recovered in the District and their importance to the local indigenous tribes.
 
During the conversation, which was recorded as a podcast, they examined artifacts that have been stored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the People’s Archive and discussed what these items mean to the Piscataway Tribe, the importance of their recovery and collection, and how the Piscataway Tribe keeps traditions, history, and advocacy alive through storytelling. A fitting end to our celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we encourage you to listen and continue utilizing the resources at DC Public Library to uncover more of the indigenous histories of this area. And a massive thank you to each of the podcast guests for sharing their time and expertise with the Library. Happy listening!
 
 
Get Your Home Winter Ready with the DC Public Services Commission
 
The DCPSC Winter Ready DC campaign prepares District residents and businesses for winter. Join the DCPSC at DC Public Library locations this fall to receive a free home weatherization item (while supplies last) and get information on utility assistance programs. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Below is the schedule of upcoming session.
 
Benning/Dorothy I. Height Library (Ward 7) | Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Southwest Library (Ward 6) | Dec. 7, 3 - 6 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Library (Ward 1) | Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Woodridge Library (Ward 5) | Dec. 20, 3 - 6 p.m.
 
 
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