Spring Into Spring: A Safe Sex Discussion for Teens

  Have questions about safe sex? Drop in for some real talk about condoms, HIV, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), and testing resources in the DC area. Staff from the

  Latin American Youth Center will answer all your questions.

  Free & confidential testing will be available afterward.


  Tuesday April 8th, 4 - 7 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW. Metro: Columbia Heights.

  Questions? Call (202) 671-3122

Teen Tech Week Maker Party

Make awesome things! Get your DIY on! Explore cool STEAM innovations! Win stuff!

At the Teen Tech Week Maker Party, visit a variety of maker stations, meet new friends, and have fun. Participate and get an opportunity to win a pair of Beats by Dre Solo Headphones. Maker stations include:

  • Beat Club -- Create Digital Music
  • Electronic Clothing & Accessories -- Wearables
  • 3D Scanning & Printing
  • Robotics
  • Coding -- 3D Game Design & Digital Signage
  • Graphic Design Using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Short Video Making (DIY Stop Motion)
  • DIY Crafts & Engineering




*The first 30 teens to register at the event will receive a goody bag.

*Youth who participate could win a pair of Beats by Dre Solo Headphones.

Join us Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 5-8 pm | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library | 901 G Street NW | Metro Stop: Gallery Place

Jobs for Teens at DC Public Library

DC Public LibraryDC Public Library is now hiring for its Teens of Distinction program. Help make a difference in the library and in your community while earning money and developing stronger skills! Teen applicants must be residents of the District of Columbia and at least 16 years of age. Visit the Teens of Distinction page of DC Public Library for the full job description, application and recommendation forms, and more information.

Complete applications are due January 18, 2014!

Job Alert: Food for Life Winter Session

Sign up for the Food For Life Winter 2014 Session for culinary arts and life skills training!

The nine-week training program will start Tuesday, January 21st and will end Thursday, March 20th and will be held at Food For Life's kitchen, located at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, 421 Seward Square, SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Eastern Market). The program is three days a week, Tuesday - Thursday, 1:00pm - 7.30pm.
Ideal candidates include those interested in pursuing the culinary arts/work in the food industry as well as those who are still figuring out next steps for their lives. 

If you are a young person (age 18-23 years old) in DC who is interested in the program, please apply ASAP. Additional details and the program application can be found online here. If you have questions, please contact Marisa Stubbs at 202.630.1485. 


Dream Big Like Me Video Contest

Contest Background
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent activism played a pivotal role during the Civil Rights Movement, particularly protesting racial discrimination in federal and state law. DC Public Library will continue that legacy during Black History Month with the “Dream Big Like Me” video contest. Teens are encouraged to submit a video of their original work that shows how they will continue Dr. King’s dream of equality for all. The original work can be a song, rap, poem, skit/dramatization, or speech.

Contest Question
What is your dream for the future as it pertains to civil rights and equality for all, and how are you going to make that dream come true?


Contest Deadline
Video submissions will be accepted January 19 - February 15, 2014.

Contest Rules

  • Videos must be 1 to 2 minutes in length and produced in a high-resolution format.
  • You may only submit one video. Multiple entries by one teen will not be accepted.
  • The video must be your own original creation and must not infringe on any third-party rights. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted music, video, images, or intellectual property.
  • Videos must not contain violence, profanity, images of a prurient nature, or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. You will be disqualified for any entry that contains offensive material.
  • DC Public Library reserves the right to make any video entered in the contest available to the public from its respective web sites and social media pages.

The contest is open to all teens, ages 13-19, who are DC Public Library cardholders. Winners must be able to pick up their prizes within a week of being notified.

How to Enter the Contest
Review all contest rules and eligibility requirements. Upload your video onto YouTube or Vimeo. Then, submit a link to your video in an email to Youth202 [at] dc.gov by 9 p.m. EST on Feb. 15, 2014. Submissions will be accepted starting Jan. 19, 2014. Winners will be notified via e-mail and announced at the Black History Month Open Mic Night at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 26, 5–7 p.m. Contest participants must provide the following information when they submit their videos:

Entry email should include:

  • Title of the original video
  • Teen’s personal information
    • Full name
    • Date of birth/age
    • School (if enrolled)
    • Zip code
    • City Quadrant (SE, SW, NE or NW)
    • Home Library
  • Teen’s contact information
    • Telephone #
    • Email address
  • Signed copy of Photography Consent and Release Form (download form below)
  • Link to your video on YouTube or Vimeo

Judging Criteria
A panel of DC Public Library Teens of Distinction will score all eligible videos. Each category will be judged on a 1-5 point scale.                                          

  • Content/Theme- 5 points total
    • Did the video meet the basic requirements?
    • Did the video convey the teen’s message in a cohesive manner?
  • Originality/Overall Artistic Impression- 5 points total
    • Was the video the original work of the teen?
    • How was the audio/visual quality of the video?
  • Audience Appeal/Entertainment Quality- 5 points total
    • Is the video innovative and appealing?
    • Is the video appropriate for the intended audience (teens)?

The winners will be selected based on an overall score.  The maximum score a video entry can obtain is 15 points.

Winners & Prizes
The “Dream Big Like Me” video contest will generate four winners, who will receive a Kindle Fire HD tablet.  The winning videos will be shown during the Black History Month Open Mic Night at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m. The winners will be invited to perform their original work during the open mic event. Winning videos will also be on the Youth202 website and DC Public Library website and social media webpages.

Participate in MLK Week and Black History Month with DC Public Library
Visit the Library's website for teen events and resources for both MLK Week and Black History Month 2014.

Learn How to Make a Video
Visit your local Library to ask staff for resources on making videos. In preparation for the "Dream Big Like Me" video contest, some libraries are leading "Dream Big Like Me" video contest preparation workshops. Drop in, participate, create.




Who You Are

Who Am I? is sometimes a question that we teens ask ourselves. The way we act comes from the way we were raised  until now or just our personalities. Many teens have not really found the answer and still to this day do not know who they are, which is fine. Knowing who you are shouldn’t be something that’s just thought up. Who you are should be how you see yourself and the person you see when you look into the mirror.

I have read  many questions that have asked:

  • How do people see you?
  • Do you have an alter-ego?
  • And, do your life events affect who you are or who you choose to become later in life?

These questions are sometimes hard if you don’t know who you are or what others think of you for that matter.

At times when people ask us who we are, we just give them the answer: ‘’I am me’’! But that’s not telling the real root of who you are. I researched a UK author named Unmani who talks about people’s inner selves and here’s what stood out to me.

“Who you are is already all that you have become. If you believe that you are a separate person who has to find a way to complete yourself in some way, then you will soon imagine that ‘awakening’ is something that you need to achieve one day. Not needing or expecting anything to happen and then see what is actually known (or not known) beyond thought”. For further reading, you can go to her website.

It seems that knowing who you are takes time and not knowing is ok, but something special should define you..

Learn how to conquer the college admissions process with Dr. Victoria Tillson Evans

Join us at the Cleveland Park library on October 10th for Dr. Victoria Tillson Evans's final talk in her Conquering College Admission series, where she discusses what makes the Ivy League and other elite schools different. Understand how the Ivy League’s Academic Index works, which applicants have admissions advantages, and what you need to do to become a real candidate. Dr. Evans will also tell you what to expect from the general admissions process, so you can make your senior year as stress free as possible.

If you missed Dr. Evans's first two talks on finding the right school for you and how to make the most out of the financial process, you can click here to find the talks on Soundcloud. 


When: Tuesday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Where: Cleveland Park Library | 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington,  DC  20008 | 202-282-3080 | Metro Stop: Cleveland Park

Teen Anti-Bullying Forum with Author Meg Medina


Join us for a special Teen Anti-Bullying Forum with author Meg Medina

  • Find ways to respond to bullying at your school
  • Join the conversation with other teens and educators
  • Giveaways and refreshments
  • An author talk, Q&A and book signing with Meg Medina follows the discussion.
  • October is Bullying Prevention Month


Thursday, October 10, 2013
5-7 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
3160 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
Metro stop: Columbia Heights

Meg Medina is the author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and other books for kids of all ages. This event is presented in partnership with Candlewick Press.


Exclusive Summer Mixtape

DC Beat Club Live in the Library

DC Beat Club is an awesome music workshop series led by local musician Barrett Jones. This summer Barrett went to ten DC Public Libraries and held workshops highlighting a variety of musical genres through the use of digital music technology! At each library teens and kids messed around with drum machines, kaossilators, laptops and microphones. Each workshop ended with a group recording and this week DC Beat Club released the tracks on a digital mixtape. You can enjoy the whole mix or just choose a track from a specific library to listen to! Head to www.dcbeatclub.com for more information on what Barrett is up to, or like them on Facebook and follow @dcbeatclub too! 

The DC Public Library has lots of materials related to music and digital technologies so be sure to check our catalog if you're looking for something specific! Here are some great titles:


Also, remember that the DC Youth Production Lounge - DC(Y)PL - is a recording studio in the Teen Space at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library that you can reserve and use for free. Check to see if there are any related workshops or programs happening at Teen Space!

Meet Author Gene Luen Yang

September 17 @ 7:00pm | Cleveland Park Library

Award winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will talk about his new two-volume novel, Boxers and Saints. Set during China's Boxer Rebellion (1899-1900), the books tell the parallel stories of two young people caught on opposite sides of a violent rift. Yang, author of American Born Chinese, brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion and faith. Book sale and signing will follow the talk. The program is in partnership with Politics & Prose Bookstore. For teens and adults.

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:00 pm
Where: Cleveland Park Library | 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington,  DC  20008 | 202-282-3080 | Metro Stop: Cleveland Park