Prepare for the Fair: Bikes, Poems, Seeds, Sun

Guest post from DC Public Library, which is partnering with DC State Fair to offer workshops and events.

DC’s not a state yet, but it has a state fair and a state library: the DC Public Library. Here at the Southeast Branch Library in Eastern Market (403 7th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003), we are excited that DC State Fair is happening in our neighborhood, and we’ll be having programs for Fair-goers right here in this historic Carnegie library before the Fair and on the big day.

To prepare for the Fair, stop by the library on Tuesday, September 24, for bikes and poetry.

  • Poetry Writing Workshop – At 4 PM, we will host a poetry-writing session, lead by our youth services librarian Katie Nye, for young people who’d like to enter the Fair’s poetry contest.
  • Bike Accessory Clinic – At 6:30 PM, Denise D’Amour from Capitol Hill Bikes will stop by to offer tips to those hoping to enter the Bike Accessory Competition.

On Saturday, September 28, the day of the Fair, stop by the library for seeds and sun.

  • Seed Swap – If you’re out for the Fair, stop by the library at 11 AM to hear master gardener Mia Hawkins share tips about seed saving and then participate in a seed swap with other DC seed savers. Any DC seed savers are encouraged to bring their seeds and exchange them with others.
  • Solar Cooking Demonstration – At 1 PM, listen to a talk from Louise Meyer of SHE Inc. about the benefits and methods of solar cooking. We will have a solar cooker in our garden all day, so come check it out whenever you have a chance.

Even when it’s not harvest season, the library has many resources for the crafters, food growers, and the state-fair minded. One good place to start is with our new collection of LibGuides that point you to library resources on a variety of topics including urban gardening, cooking, and crafting. Go to

Any questions? Please contact David Quick of DC Public Library at

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