Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library Returning to Takeout Service

The following is a notice from the Juanita Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library concerning a change in their service model due to the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the city

Hey Shepherd Park Community!

I am Ms. Tacia from the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library. I hope everyone safe and warm. Check out our branch programs and DC Public Library updates below. For information on district wide library programs, check out the calendar here. 

Operation & Holiday Hours

Beginning tomorrow 12/23, we will be returning to a contact-less Takeout service model. This means that patrons will not be allowed inside the building. Patrons will be able to pick up items placed on hold, return items, pick up print jobs, window browse a limited collection of books and DVDs, and pick up any of our programs.

December 24: 10am-2pm

December 25: CLOSED

For details of our hours until Jan 2nd, 2021 click here. 

DC Government’s In-School Program

The goal of the program is to help prepare District youth to successfully transition from high school into post-secondary education, advanced training, unsubsidized employment, or a career in the military. Teens ages 14-21 can apply during the school year to gain academic enrichment activities, work-readiness skills, project-based learning, life skills and leadership development. If your teen is interesting, please fill out the application here.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey | A Holiday Conversation with the Creators

Tomorrow, Wednesday 12/23, we enjoy this holiday season by welcoming David E. Talbert and Lyn Sisson-Talbert, the creators of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey on Netflix for a discussion with the Library’s Ryan Williams. Together they will discuss the process of writing and creating this new holiday classic. Click here to learn more and join the event!

Holidays at Home

Enjoy the holidays at home with DC Public Library. Cook new dishes, create do-it-yourself holiday décor, dance around the house to holiday music and more by exploring the Library’s online resources. Each week, now through New Year’s Day, we will reveal a new and festive category to make your holiday merry and bright. Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got your library card! Click here for more information.


Shepherd Park Branch Highlights

Black Voices Book Club: The Black Voices Book Club meets every month to discuss novels authored by Black people from all over the world! This month we are reading Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler. We will be meeting virtually on January 4, 2021 at 7pm. If you would like to attend and receive the link please email

Teen Book Club: This month we are reading Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. We will be having a virtual meeting on January 25th at 5pm, if you would like to attend and receive the link please email

December Teen Craft: There are three origami craft options that teens can choose to participate in, there is one for Kwanza, Christmas, and Hanukah. We have also provided information on the three holidays, recipes you might want to try, and other crafts you can try at home. Lastly in our packets we have information about New Years and how it is celebrated around the world. Come into the branch to pick up the holiday origami craft packet!

Family Movie Night: Our movie night bundles are doing great! We have pre-made bundles with a DVD, coloring/activity pages, and a bag of popcorn for you to pick up! If you have a particular movie that you would like to see included in a bundle for your family, email

Activity Bags have all been picked up for the month of December! No worries, we have great activities ready for pick up. We have a limited number of chemistry kits, Winter Break Activity Packets, and a Coloring Page Packet for your little ones and your family to enjoy!

Free Giveaway Books: We have some great books that we would like to give away to you every day. Look for the black cart where the periodicals are and “shop” for a new book that will interest you! We have books for everyone available!


Catalog & Questions

Use our website to find materials and use or new chat box to ask questions directly to a staff member. Chat hours are Monday-Friday 10am-3pm.



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