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Saturday, April 19, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Essex HemphillPoet, editor, and activist Essex Hemphill was born April 16, 1957 in Chicago, Ill. He was raised right here in Southeast Washington, D.C., and began to write poems at the age of 14.

He was educated at the University of Maryland. Hemphill's first books were the self-published chapbooks Earth Life (1985) and Conditions (1986). In 1991, Hemphill edited Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, which won a Lambda Literary Award. In 1992, he released Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry, which won the National Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual New Author Award. On Nov. 4, 1995, Hemphill died from complications relating to AIDS.

In this program, local poets Regie Cabico, Philip Clark, Wayson Jones and Michelle Parkerson will share their personal reflections on the life and work of Essex Hemphill, including selected readings from his poetry.

After the program, there will be an audience Q&A followed by a meet-and-greet with the poets.

2:00 p.m.
Photo of Essex Hemphill

A poet and performer known for his political edge, Essex Hemphill openly addressed race, identity, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and the family in his work, voicing issues central to the African American gay community.

Join local poets Regie Cabico, Philip Clark, and Michelle Parkerson in this tribute to the life and work of Essex Hemphill.
 
Find his works in the DC Public Library.
 

2:00 p.m.

bookwormWe will read some books, sing some songs, and perform some finger plays!

Family Story time is for children ages 2-5 with their adults (but older and younger children are also welcome).

The program will last approximately 20-30 minutes and will take place in the Children's Story Circle.

2:30 p.m.

Learn and practice the Argentine Tango with Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango.

All levels welcome.

2:30 p.m.

Learn the basic terminology and navigational skills associated with surfing and searching the Internet via the World Wide Web. These skills can help you complete online job applications. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: X. E. Han
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:

  • Identify and navigate the basic elements and features of the Internet Explorer browser environment.
  • Navigate the Web using hyperlinks.
  • Explore the features and advantages of various search engines and directories.
  • Perform simple Web searches and explore various job search engines.
  • Copy and paste Web text and graphics to a Word document.

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

3:00 p.m.

Financial Piggy Bank

Managing one's expenses and income can seem overwhelming.

But, if you know where to start -- what small steps you can take now that lead towards long term financial stability -- that makes all the difference. In this talk, you'll learn how to set targeted, realistic financial goals, and get concrete advice on how to work towards those goals.

Stephen Wendel from HelloWallet will provide some of the core lessons he's learned about how you can take control of your finances. In addition to the talk itself, each participant will be provided with free access to HelloWallet's financial guidance software.

Stephen Wendell


Stephen is the Principal Scientist at HelloWallet, where he's worked for five years to develop applications that help users take control of their finances. He is a behavioral social scientist by training, and studies how technology can drive beneficial behavior change. Stephen is the co-founder of Action Design DC, an event series with over 1000 practitioners and researchers building products to help users take action via behavioral economic techniques. His recent book, Designing for Behavior Change, gives a step-by-step approach to applying behavioral economics to product development.

4:30 p.m.

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11:00 p.m.
Poster for the Film Beauty in TruthSaturday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  In honor of April of National Poetry Month 2014, poetry lovers of the Shepherd Park community will gather in the morning to watch part of the biographical study of Alice Walker on the PBS American Masters Series, entitled “Beauty in Truth.” We will only show the first twenty minutes and then initiate a discussion by group participation: everyone will be asked to read selected poems within the body of her work.  

Then we will discuss the kind of poetry Alice Walker practices, a poetry that is often described as "the practice of ingenious common people who make a patchwork quilt using nearby materials to form a beautiful pattern affirming life."  Finally, we will discuss how this kind of poetics may have relevance in our everyday lives.

For more information, call (202) 541-6100. 


 

 

 



 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

(All day)

ChessAre you interested in playing Chess?

We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!

For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Email troy.bent@dc.gov for more information or call 202-727-0321.

(All day)

Like writing haikus?
Submit one for our contest
Maybe you will win!

See the blog post for details.

(All day)

Poem in Your Pocket LogoSign up to read a poem aloud at Poem in Your Pocket Night, and win a prize!  With a special schedule for children's, teen, and adult poetry, readers of all ages are welcome.  

Sign-ups will be taken from today through the event date on April 24.


Each person who reads aloud to the group will win a prize!  Just sign up for a time slot with your friendly library staff at Palisades Library.  The evening is scheduled as follows:

  • Children's Poetry - 3-4:30 p.m. - readers win a set of glow-in-the-dark stars!
  • Teen Poetry - 4:30-6 p.m.readers win a multicolored ink pen!
  • Adult Poetry - 6-7:30 p.m.readers win a chalkboard-surfaced mug!





1:00 p.m.

craft project clip artSundays @the Teen Space are for the creative, the artsy, and the inspired!

From basic bracelet-making to Manga cartooning and duct tape projects, we have a range of fun activities for a perfect crafternoon.

Check the wall calendar in the Teen Space for upcoming projects - suggestions welcome!

1:00 p.m.

This series introduces technologies that keep us connected to family, friends, the news, the D.C. community and the educational resources available online.
 
Week 1: Intro to Facebook and Twitter
Week 2: DC Online
Week 3: Intro to Google Tools
Week 4: Intro to Online Learning

For all workshops, students can sign up by either registering ahead of time with Byte Back (202-529-3395) or by showing up at the workshop the day it is scheduled. Registration is first come, first served.

Students who register ahead of time will have a saved spot in the workshop that expires at the start of the class. If a registered student is not in their seat at the start of the class, they may lose their spot to a walk-in student.  

IMLS logoByteBack logoCurriculum and training provided by ByteBack.

Technology for this program made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

2:00 p.m.

All ages arts and crafts.

2:00 p.m.

Crafts at the librarySunday afternoons are for crafts and coloring at Francis Gregory library. Come in and make something to take home - craft, sketch, color, draw or paint!

Children ages 12 and younger and their caregivers are welcome, and all craft supplies will be provided. 

This program is intended for children ages 4-12 and their families. 

2:00 p.m.

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What is it about those odd women?
And why are they so nervous all the time? 

Please join us for a free classic movie. For more information, please follow this link.

3:00 p.m.

Join us at every Sunday afternoon to play fun board games against your friends or learn chess!

For kids 10 and older.

Monday, April 21, 2014

(All day)

ChessAre you interested in playing Chess?

We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!

For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Email troy.bent@dc.gov for more information or call 202-727-0321.

(All day)

Like writing haikus?
Submit one for our contest
Maybe you will win!

See the blog post for details.

(All day)

Last day for you to
Submit your haiku to us
Before it's too late!

10:00 a.m.

New to the computer? Learn all the basics of operating a computer and using the Internet, with an emphasis on employment readiness. This drop-in class is perfect for job seekers and seniors, or anyone that wants to brush up their computer skills! You can also bring questions of your own. 

First Monday of every month: Microsoft Word basics
Second Monday of every month: Email and Internet basics
Third Monday of every month: Excel and PowerPoint
Fourth Monday of every month: Resumes, cover letters and job searching

For adults 18 and older.

Email megan.janicki@dc.gov for more info. 

10:00 a.m.

Books, music and rhymes for 1-year-olds.

10:00 a.m.

sunnygloriesRise, shine and join us for morning glory stories!

Come enjoy books, songs, movement, and rhymes.


This story time program is for children under age 4 and their caregivers. 

Groups of 10 or more, please call 202-727-5012 to schedule a special story time.

10:00 a.m.

board booksAn early literacy program that combines doing fingerplays; sharing stories, songs, dances, rhythm activities and baby bounces. A short socialization playtime follows the books and music program.

For ages birth to 3.

Please call 202-698-0183 with any questions. Story time takes place on the Lower Level.

10:00 a.m.

This course takes up where PC for Beginners 1 leaves off. Objectives include solidifying typing, email and Internet skills as well as learning how to create and manage files and folders, edit text, attach files to email messages and understand memory and storage basics. This class meets twice a week for five weeks. 

Prerequisite: Passing, completing or testing out of PC for Beginners 1. Pre-registration is required.

To register for classes, please call Byte Back at 202-529-3395 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

When registration is closed, you may contact Byte Back to join our calling list. ByteBack will call all interested students next time registration begins.  

IMLS logoByteBack logoCurriculum and training provided by ByteBack.

Technology for this program made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

10:00 a.m.

This two-hour course takes up where PC for Beginners 1 leaves off. Objectives include solidifying typing, email and Internet skills as well as learning how to create and manage files and folders, edit text, attach files to email messages and understand memory and storage basics. This class meets twice a week for five weeks. 

Prerequisite: Passing, completing or testing out of PC for Beginners 1. Pre-registration is required.

To register for classes, please call Byte Back at 202-529-3395 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

When registration is closed, you may contact Byte Back to join our calling list. ByteBack will call all interested students next time registration begins.  

IMLS logoByteBack logoCurriculum and training provided by ByteBack.

Technology for this program made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

10:00 a.m.

ByteBack LogoStudents learn Microsoft Excel 2010, as well as job readiness skills. This two-hour class meets twice a week for four weeks.  PLEASE NOTE: There will be a break around the Emancipation Day holiday.

Prerequisite: PC for Beginners 1 & 2 or successful completion of placement test. Pre-registration is required.

To register for classes, please call Byte Back at (202) 529-3395 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

When registration is closed, you may contact Byte Back to join our calling list. ByteBack will call all interested students next time registration begins.  

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with ByteBack.

10:15 a.m.

Come explore the world and new ideas through reading stories, movies, arts and/or crafts.

All programs are free and open to the public for children ages 2-5 with an adult(s).

10:15 a.m.

Knitting and crocheting class/club every Monday at 2:30pm

10:30 a.m.

Fun films for the little ones, ages 3-5. Second showing at 11:30.

If bringing a group, please call 202-576-7252 ahead of time to reserve a spot.

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