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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Confused about how to download books and media to your e-Reader? 

Come to our e-Reader Drop-In Clinic, Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Bring your fully charged iPads, Kindles, Nooks, tablets, smart phones or laptops and cords! You will also need your library card.

Don't have a library card? Don't worry, it will only take a couple minutes to sign up!

2:30 p.m.

A time of stories, songs, and rhymes designed to foster early literacy in infants, for children ages 0-12 months. Space is limited, please call 202-282-3073 to register.

3:15 p.m.

Image of "Curious George" book by H.A. Rey



Join us for a Curious George craft in honor of H.A. Rey's birthday!

3:30 p.m.

Come watch an animated, anime, or live action film!

Appropriate for families and ages 5 and older.

3:30 p.m.

play doughChildren ages 4 - 7 will LOVE making play dough to squish, knead and create new things with! We will follow a simple non-toxic recipe that requires no cooking! Adults are required to chaperone any children under the age of 9 at the library.

4:00 p.m.

Undirected play with LEGO building blocks. For all ages.

4:00 p.m.

Come hang out at the library every Tuesday afternoon and relax with the Wii and more!

Check our online calendar for more Teen events at DC Public Library.

Ages 13-19.

4:00 p.m.

Join us on Tuesday afternoons for take-home crafts, games and other activities!

Ages 5-12

4:00 p.m.
Iowa Postcard

In September the Rosedale Book Club will be traveling to Iowa through Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.  Pick up a copy of the book and join the discussion at Rosedale library.

 Picture of the cover of GileadAbout the book:
 John Ames, a 76 year old  preacher, has lived almost all of his life in Gilead, Iowa. He is writing a letter to his almost seven-year-old son, the blessing of his second marriage. It is a summing-up, an apologia, a consideration of his life. The reason for the letter is Ames's failing health. He wants to leave an account of himself for this son who will never really know him. His greatest regret is that he hasn't much to leave them, in worldly terms. Ames writes of his father and grandfather, estranged over his grandfather's departure for Kansas to march for abolition and his father's lifelong pacifism. The tension between them, their love for each other and their inability to bridge the chasm of their beliefs is a constant source of rumination for John Ames.

4:00 p.m.

School days picture
Mt Pleasant Teens - celebrate Back to School in the Teen Space!

  • Get a prize for signing up for a library card or showing us that you already have one
  • Mess around with demos of online library tools available 24/7 to help you with homework, research, papers and more
  • Explore our digital catalog and learn how to place holds and check out materials from all the other public libraries in DC
  • Find out how to earn community service hours with the library
  • Learn about becoming a teen member of the Friends of Mt. Pleasant Library!

Whether you're an educator, a parent, or a student please come in for information on how Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library can help you excel this school year. There will be snacks and prizes for those who come by.

4:00 p.m.

Writing Workshop and Q & A with Kathryn Erskine 

Kathryn Erskine photoKathryn ErskineKathryn Erskine is the author of five children’s novels including National Book Award winner, Mockingbird, the recent Jane Addams Peace Award honor book Seeing Red, and her upcoming release, The Badger Knight.  She draws on her life stories and world events in her writing and is  currently working on several more novels and picture books.   

Ms. Erskine will be  leading a writing workshop, which will be followed by a Q & A.  The workshop will focus on how to develop characters that readers will really care about and that will pop right off the page.

Where:  The Georgetown Library
When:  September 16 at 4 p.m.
For Who:  Anyone over the age of 8 interested in writing and talking to a National Book Award winning author.


4:00 p.m.

BINGOFor September, come play BINGO for a chance to win Chipotle kid’s meal coupons.

In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of each month for kids to kick back and enjoy games, crafts, or other fun.

Ages 6-12.

4:15 p.m.

Self-paced, practice tutorials and custom lessons for improving typing and keyboarding skills to help you create the cover letter and résumé needed to launch your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

Class Objectives:

  • Practice home-row key typing in self-paced exercises.
  • Test your typing skills at various levels of proficiency and speed.
  • Customize practice lessons to enhance your typing skill abilities.
  • Practice constructing your own résumé using MB's Print Shop Résumé Pro Deluxe program.

Please bring your own earbuds for individual listening.

4:30 p.m.

DC Youth Slam TeamCome to the Teen Space every Tuesday afternoon to participate in an exciting poetry workshop and let your imagination soar.

Workshop is run as part of the DC Youth Slam Team, a subset of the Split This Rock poets association. Please contact Jonathan Tucker at 202.787.5279 to sign up for the class.

Ages 13-19.

5:30 p.m.
Beginning Level. 100+ ASL vocabulary words and rules of grammar.  

Any level is welcome to join the class, review, learn new signs. FREE and open to the public.

No need to register. 

Instructor: Cheryl Lewis.

Room A-10 (Lower Level)

Questions?  Call 202-559-5368 or email

5:30 p.m.

Learn more features of this word-processing software that can help you further your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: C. Myers
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate and adjust default settings.
  • Create and insert stylized headers and footers, footnotes, table of contents, indexes and cover pages.
  • Insert, move and resize graphics, SmartArt and stylized text boxes.
  • Engage and apply the bullets and numbering features.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

6:00 p.m.

Stuffed teddy bear in pajamasYou come in your pajamas, maybe bring a favorite stuffed animal, and we'll provide the bedtime stories.

For ages 6 months to 5 years.

6:00 p.m.

Come and participate in the chess club activities at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Every Tuesday, engage your chess moves with other players.
This program is open to youth ages 10 to 16.  Call 202-715-7707 for more information.

6:30 p.m.

Join us at Northwest One for free Yoga lessons every Tuesday except the first Tuesday of the month.

We welcome all skill levels and provide mats!

Classes are an hour long.

6:30 p.m.

CFSA LogoDo you want to make a difference in a child’s life?
Foster parents provide a safe, nurturing home for children or teens temporarily separated from their families through no fault of their own. 
If you are interested in becoming a foster/resource parent, please  come to one of these special info sessions taking place at DC Public Libraries.
This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with the DC Child and Family Services Agency.

6:30 p.m.

Image showing various fashion accessories

Discover the unlimited possibilities when fashion and technology collide.  Intro to 3-D Printing: Fashion Accessories will overview the basics of accessorizing your outfit/wardrobe and show you fun, modern, and cost effective ways to make accessories with our 3-D Printers.

6:30 p.m.

YaboPlease join us in the Black Studies Center as author Alexis DeVeaux presents her latest novel, Yabo.

DeVeaux is the author of two award-winning biographies: Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holliday and Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. A celebrated writer in several literary genres, DeVeaux is also an activist known for her lifelong contributions to a number of women's and literary organizations. 

With her new work, Yabo, she returns to her first love -- writing fiction. She will be joined by special guests, E. Ethelbert Miller, Venus Thrash and Michelle Sewell, who will read excerpts from Yabo.

7:00 p.m.

Come to our ESL English Conversation Club, where you can practice your English skills in a casual environment. This conversation group is for English learners at all levels, but participants should have some English knowledge. This is an open group, and you can drop in at anytime between 7 and 8 pm.  

Ven al Club de Conversación en Ingles (ESL English Conversation Club) para practicar y conversar en ingles en un entorno relajado. El grupo de conversación es para todos los niveles, pero los participantes deben tener un nivel básico de inglés. Puedes participar todos los martes cuando quieras entre las 7:00 y 8:00 de la noche.

7:00 p.m.

Free weekly yoga classes led by a qualified instructor, courtesy of Yoga Activist.

Geared toward beginners, but all are welcome.

6:00 p.m.

Did you know the library offers online classes in creative writing, HTML, test prep, wedding planning and more?  Learn something new today! You can choose from 500 free online continuing education classes through Universal Class™. These self-paced, non-credit, personal and professional development classes are led by real instructors who will give you continuous feedback on your progress. 

Come to our introductory workshop on Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. to learn all about it!

7:00 p.m.

Conversation HourJoin English and Spanish speakers every first and third Tuesday of the month for a half-hour of conversation in Spanish followed by a half-hour of conversation in English. Each meeting will focus on a particular topic/area of interest.

Basic English/Spanish skills preferred.

Únase a los hablantes de inglés y español cada primer y tercer martes del mes para una charla de media hora en español seguido por una charla de media hora en inglés. Cada sesión se centrará en un tema particular.

Básico inglés/español preferida.

7:00 p.m.

bookCivil Service workers serve in the background of the everyday lives of the American people. Yet their service is often misunderstood, scrutinized and forgotten.

Hear the other side of the story! Join authors Deborah Johnson and Mark Wallace in a discussion and debate on U.S Federal service and why its still necessary. 
A book signing of We Are Not the Enemy: Restoring Honor to U.S. Civil Service will follow the program. 

This event will take place in the Main Meeting Room, 2nd Floor.

7:30 p.m.

Diagram of social mediaThis working session is open to all social media users - tweeters, bloggers and website developers. During this informal working session, users can drop into the Dream Lab for some digital collaboration and advice.

A Digital Commons staff member will be available to answer questions and offer assistance.  

For more information, contact Anne Ledford at

Diagram by David Plourde. 

7:30 p.m.

Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries The Palisades Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 16, and 7:30 pm.  We will be discussing poems by Emily Dickinson.  You may select the poems you wish to discuss.  Please join us!

 Dickinson: Selected Poem and Commentaries

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

(All day)

brain gamesWith many older Americans living with dementia, people are talking about prevention and "neuroplasticity." 

Join us at Petworth Library for fun a workout for your brain as we enjoy puzzles, games and other activities that help prolong healthy functioning, learning, memory, creativity and flexibility in thinking.