Build a Better World with DC Public Library this Summer

Build a Better World with DC Public Library this Summer

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We’ve teamed up with the DC Public Library to offer reading lists and programming that connect to their summer reading theme of Build a Better World.

Reading Lists

Inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions and collections, each book selected complements the stories we tell about architecture, engineering, and design.

Read books from our lists for adults, teens, upper elementary students, and early elementary students.

Win prizes and further explore the theme through DC Public Library’s summer reading challenges and programming.

Ward Days

D.C. residents are invited to visit the Museum exhibitions, including Hive, with complimentary admission from 9–11 am on their specific Ward Days:
July 18 : Wards 3 and 8
July 25: Wards 1 and 6
August 1: Wards 4 and 2
August 8: Wards 5 and 7

At each Ward Day, DC Public Library will provide story time and mobile library book check-out. Story times are 9:30 am and 10:30 am and include books, songs and fun activities that promote a love a learning and early literacy for children, birth to five years old.

Teen Night
Thursday, August 10, 2017
6–9 pm
Free. Youth ages 13–18 with school I.D.

At this exclusive event, teens are invited to experience the Museum, including Hive, after hours while dancing to a DJ, relaxing with friends, or trying out a design challenge. Make Hive-inspired buttons or check out a book from the teen reading list with DC Public Library. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to make a night of it at Hill Country Backyard Barbecue on the Museum’s West Lawn.


Teacher Appreciation Night
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6–9 pm
Free for teachers.

This Hive Late Night is open to everyone but free for teachers and administrators from accredited D.C.-area schools. Teachers can learn more about the Museum’s educational resources and meet other educators while enjoying Hive after hours, along with music, drinks and food from Hill Country Backyard Barbecue, and activities. DC Public Library will share their teacher resources and provide mobile library book check out as well.