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Greenbelt Branch Events

Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

African History and Culture Lecture Series Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

March 4, 2014 - "The N-Word: Its Origins & Evil Uses" Presented by C.R. Gibbs

April 15, 2014 - "Crossroads of Destiny: World War 1 & The African Diaspora - A Centennial Commemoration"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
April 22, 2014 - "Black Redemption: How The African American Vote Saved Democracy."  Presented by Asa Gordon
 
April 29, 2014 - "Twelve Years A Slave: Solomon Northup's Washington."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 6, 2014 - "Miles Lassiter: An African American Quaker."  Presented by Margo Williams
 
May 13, 2014 - "African American Teens in the Civil Rights Movement"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 20, 2014 - "African Origins of Christianity."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 27, 2014 - "The Secret History of Juneteenth."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
 
 
C.R. Gibbs, the main presenter and Founder of this lecture series, is an accomplished author/co-author of six books, a frequent national and international lecturer, and is a noted historian of the African Diaspora.
  • 1999: Founded the African American History & Culture Lecture Series whose scholars continue to provide free presentations in the area.

  • 2009: The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust honored C.R. Gibbs for his many years of articles and presentations on African Americans in the United States armed  forces.

  • 2011: Gibbs appeared in an episode of the popular History Channel Series, How the States Got Their Shapes and was quoted in the Sunday, October 9, Washington Post Special Civil War 150 Supplement. On Sunday, October 16, he provided historical commentary for WUSA , Channel 9's coverage of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial with co-anchor Leslie Foster.

Join us for interesting audio-visual presentations. 

 

Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

African History and Culture Lecture Series Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

March 4, 2014 - "The N-Word: Its Origins & Evil Uses" Presented by C.R. Gibbs

April 15, 2014 - "Crossroads of Destiny: World War 1 & The African Diaspora - A Centennial Commemoration"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
April 22, 2014 - "Black Redemption: How The African American Vote Saved Democracy."  Presented by Asa Gordon
 
April 29, 2014 - "Twelve Years A Slave: Solomon Northup's Washington."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 6, 2014 - "Miles Lassiter: An African American Quaker."  Presented by Margo Williams
 
May 13, 2014 - "African American Teens in the Civil Rights Movement"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 20, 2014 - "African Origins of Christianity."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 27, 2014 - "The Secret History of Juneteenth."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
 
 
C.R. Gibbs, the main presenter and Founder of this lecture series, is an accomplished author/co-author of six books, a frequent national and international lecturer, and is a noted historian of the African Diaspora.
  • 1999: Founded the African American History & Culture Lecture Series whose scholars continue to provide free presentations in the area.

  • 2009: The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust honored C.R. Gibbs for his many years of articles and presentations on African Americans in the United States armed  forces.

  • 2011: Gibbs appeared in an episode of the popular History Channel Series, How the States Got Their Shapes and was quoted in the Sunday, October 9, Washington Post Special Civil War 150 Supplement. On Sunday, October 16, he provided historical commentary for WUSA , Channel 9's coverage of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial with co-anchor Leslie Foster.

Join us for interesting audio-visual presentations. 

 

Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

African History and Culture Lecture Series Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

March 4, 2014 - "The N-Word: Its Origins & Evil Uses" Presented by C.R. Gibbs

April 15, 2014 - "Crossroads of Destiny: World War 1 & The African Diaspora - A Centennial Commemoration"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
April 22, 2014 - "Black Redemption: How The African American Vote Saved Democracy."  Presented by Asa Gordon
 
April 29, 2014 - "Twelve Years A Slave: Solomon Northup's Washington."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 6, 2014 - "Miles Lassiter: An African American Quaker."  Presented by Margo Williams
 
May 13, 2014 - "African American Teens in the Civil Rights Movement"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 20, 2014 - "African Origins of Christianity."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 27, 2014 - "The Secret History of Juneteenth."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
 
 
C.R. Gibbs, the main presenter and Founder of this lecture series, is an accomplished author/co-author of six books, a frequent national and international lecturer, and is a noted historian of the African Diaspora.
  • 1999: Founded the African American History & Culture Lecture Series whose scholars continue to provide free presentations in the area.

  • 2009: The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust honored C.R. Gibbs for his many years of articles and presentations on African Americans in the United States armed  forces.

  • 2011: Gibbs appeared in an episode of the popular History Channel Series, How the States Got Their Shapes and was quoted in the Sunday, October 9, Washington Post Special Civil War 150 Supplement. On Sunday, October 16, he provided historical commentary for WUSA , Channel 9's coverage of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial with co-anchor Leslie Foster.

Join us for interesting audio-visual presentations. 

 

Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

Read to Rover Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

Children build their reading confidence by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs that are glad to listen. Each child will read for 15 minutes.

Registration is required, call branch for details.

Ages 6-11

African History and Culture Lecture Series Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

March 4, 2014 - "The N-Word: Its Origins & Evil Uses" Presented by C.R. Gibbs

April 15, 2014 - "Crossroads of Destiny: World War 1 & The African Diaspora - A Centennial Commemoration"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
April 22, 2014 - "Black Redemption: How The African American Vote Saved Democracy."  Presented by Asa Gordon
 
April 29, 2014 - "Twelve Years A Slave: Solomon Northup's Washington."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 6, 2014 - "Miles Lassiter: An African American Quaker."  Presented by Margo Williams
 
May 13, 2014 - "African American Teens in the Civil Rights Movement"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 20, 2014 - "African Origins of Christianity."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 27, 2014 - "The Secret History of Juneteenth."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
 
 
C.R. Gibbs, the main presenter and Founder of this lecture series, is an accomplished author/co-author of six books, a frequent national and international lecturer, and is a noted historian of the African Diaspora.
  • 1999: Founded the African American History & Culture Lecture Series whose scholars continue to provide free presentations in the area.

  • 2009: The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust honored C.R. Gibbs for his many years of articles and presentations on African Americans in the United States armed  forces.

  • 2011: Gibbs appeared in an episode of the popular History Channel Series, How the States Got Their Shapes and was quoted in the Sunday, October 9, Washington Post Special Civil War 150 Supplement. On Sunday, October 16, he provided historical commentary for WUSA , Channel 9's coverage of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial with co-anchor Leslie Foster.

Join us for interesting audio-visual presentations. 

 

Book Discussion: Ayana Mathis’ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Jacket for Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis's "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" is wondrous from first to last--glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream.

If you have read this book, and want to discuss it, please feel free to join us.    

Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

African History and Culture Lecture Series Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

March 4, 2014 - "The N-Word: Its Origins & Evil Uses" Presented by C.R. Gibbs

April 15, 2014 - "Crossroads of Destiny: World War 1 & The African Diaspora - A Centennial Commemoration"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
April 22, 2014 - "Black Redemption: How The African American Vote Saved Democracy."  Presented by Asa Gordon
 
April 29, 2014 - "Twelve Years A Slave: Solomon Northup's Washington."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 6, 2014 - "Miles Lassiter: An African American Quaker."  Presented by Margo Williams
 
May 13, 2014 - "African American Teens in the Civil Rights Movement"  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 20, 2014 - "African Origins of Christianity."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
May 27, 2014 - "The Secret History of Juneteenth."  Presented by C.R. Gibbs
 
 
 
C.R. Gibbs, the main presenter and Founder of this lecture series, is an accomplished author/co-author of six books, a frequent national and international lecturer, and is a noted historian of the African Diaspora.
  • 1999: Founded the African American History & Culture Lecture Series whose scholars continue to provide free presentations in the area.

  • 2009: The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust honored C.R. Gibbs for his many years of articles and presentations on African Americans in the United States armed  forces.

  • 2011: Gibbs appeared in an episode of the popular History Channel Series, How the States Got Their Shapes and was quoted in the Sunday, October 9, Washington Post Special Civil War 150 Supplement. On Sunday, October 16, he provided historical commentary for WUSA , Channel 9's coverage of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial with co-anchor Leslie Foster.

Join us for interesting audio-visual presentations. 

 

Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

Book Discussion: Marcus Samuelsson’s Yes, Chef Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Jacket for Marcus Samuelsson's Yes Chef
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother's house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. "Yes, Chef "chronicles Samuelsson's journey, from his grandmother's kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a "New York Times" three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson's career of chasing flavors had only just begun--in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs, and, most important, the opening of Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room--a place where presidents rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, and bus drivers. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. 
 
 
 
If you have read this book, and want to discuss it, please feel free to join us.    
Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

Read to Rover Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 2:00pm

Children build their reading confidence by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs that are glad to listen. Each child will read for 15 minutes.

Registration is required, call branch for details.

Ages 6-11

Summer @ Your Library Kick Off Monday, June 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join us as we FIZZ and Boom into Summer.  Activities and demonstrations at several stations related to science. All ages.

Amy Hansen: Science Writer for Kids Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 2:00pm

Join a local author in an interactive program where children act out the life cycle of insects in her book. She will also share about being a non-fiction author. All ages.

 
Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:30am

This program, for those who are 3 years to 5 years, intersperses stories with songs, rhymes and fingerplays. 

Limit 20.

Please pick up a free ticket for each participant at the Information Desk that morning, before the program.

 

Ray Owen: "Fizz Boom Read! The Great Natural Sciences & Amazing Animal Kingdom Adventure" Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 2:00pm

An interactive and engaging exploration of the natural and animal worlds around us. Summer readers actively participate in writing and creating the rhyme schemes to actual songs, which are then performed. All ages.

Kathy McMillan: Stories by Hand- Wonderful Weather Signs Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 2:00pm

Join signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan for interactive stories, songs, and rhymes, and learn basic American Sign Language vocabulary for whatever the weather brings! All ages.

CSI, Family Mystery Science! Monday, July 14, 2014 - 5:00pm

Two sessions offered. Choose between 5-7 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.  The mysterious formula for Solution X has been stolen from a local chemical laboratory. Family teams perform a variety of forensic tests to identify the culprit. Fantastic chemistry demos will be done between tests! Adults must accompany students. Limit 50 participants. Registration required. Call 301-345-5800.

Reptile World Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 2:00pm

One of America's leading reptile wildlife educators gives audiences the opportunity to meet an interesting selection of live, large, colorful, and gentle reptiles from all over the world. All ages.