Monday, April 21, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Arts and crafts activities for ages 7 and older. 

4:00 p.m.

Rainbow Duct Tape RosesWant to make great DIY pieces to show off to family and friends?

Come to Art Attack in Teen Space! 

Stop by and make cool crafts while hanging out with friends. We provide the materials, YOU provide the creativity!

Ages 13-19.

4:00 p.m.

Curtain with stage clip art

Join us for a new weekly program, starting in January.

Mondays after school at 4 p.m:

  • Bring stories to life.
  • Read aloud scripts from popular children’s books.
  • Hone your acting chops.
  • Recommended for readers GR 2-5.

Note: Parent participation welcome and encouraged.

4:00 p.m.

Meet-up on Mondays with our new Teen Advisory Group! For teens ages 14-17.

Earn community service hours, work on school assignments, and meet your peers! 

Contact the library for more information at 202-576-7252.

4:00 p.m.

Poetry speaks who I am / editor: Elise Paschen book coverCome celebrate National Poetry Month and express yourself at the Petworth Library with “magnetic” and “blackout” poetry.

4:00 p.m.

Learn to use the HTML 5 and Geolocation codes in Webpage construction to show an interactive map, up-to-date local information, points of interest near the user and other features. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: T. Nguyen
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate, Web I Basics, Web II Intermediate, Email Basics and HTML Basics. A significant amount of typing is required!

You will learn to:

  • Insert HTML 5 tags
  • Apply Geolocation syntax to HTML 5 elements
  • Insert location-specific codes
  • Save your enhanced .html document to your flash drive or send it to your email account.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents.

4:00 p.m.

Create and celebrate each week with seasonal art projects.

Ages 6 to 12.

4:15 p.m.

STEM Mondays at the library!STEM is an acronym for fields of study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Join us after school every other Monday as we explore STEM concepts and activities. We'll be doing experiments, studying nature, doing real world math problems and even taking the Hour of CODE challenge. Hour of CODE is an introductory lesson in computer science, where children learn basic concepts of problem solving and programming. 

To RSVP for STEM, please call the children's room at: 202-698-3873.

This program is intended for children ages 7-12. Please note that children under 9 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, 13 years of age or older, at all times. 

4:30 p.m.

Words Beats & LifeJoin The Studio: Emcee & Beat Production Classes

Create your own music, write songs, produce beats, and collaborate on music projects with other youth. Learn from some of the best D.C.-based hip-hop artists about the music business! This program is brought to you by Words Beats & Life.

Mondays | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Recording Studio in Teen Space of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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4:30 p.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. This class will be taught in English.

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.

5:00 p.m.

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

Come to our e-Reader Drop-In Clinic, Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Lower Level.

Bring your fully charged iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Tablets or laptops and cords and your library card.

5:00 p.m.

justgirlsPlay Wii games, watch movies, work on arts and crafts and more!

An open program for girls ages 8 - 12.

5:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday evening for Teen Night!

Every other week will be fun with video and board games. The rest of the time we'll be doing a variety of activities like watching movies, duct tape crafts, homework help, and more!

6:00 p.m.

Shaw Knitting CircleJoin us on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a knitting (and crochet!) circle.

All experience levels welcome, and we will offer introductory instruction to beginners.

In-house training materials will be provided, but please bring needles and yarn for your own take-home projects.

6:00 p.m.

 IllustratorCome learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator CS6.

Classes will explore the functions of most of the items in the toolbox.

All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis.

6:00 p.m.


Rain Date!  Like spending time on your computer?  Play a few too many video games for your own good?  Ever wonder what might happen if you, well, fell in?  Our next film just might answer these questions. 

Produced in the early '80s, this early technology gem features luminous back-lit animation, combined with computer animation and live-action.  There may even be a little corporate espionage, with a side of romance.  And you might be surprised to discover the studio! 

This very original creation stars Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, and Cindy Morgan.  It's directed by Steven Lisberger.

Showing in Room A-5, on the Lower Level.

6:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday and Wednesday evening until 8 p.m. to improve your English and chat with new people.

The conversation circles are recommended for adults who can read, write, and carry on conversations in English (Advanced Beginner Level). They will be held in Conference Room 2 on the lower level of the library.

To register, call the Adult Literacy Resource Center at 202-727-1616.

6:00 p.m.

The Language of Life with Bill Moyers

In celebration of National Poetry Month, you are cordially invited to attend a screening of The Language of Life, a video series about modern verse featuring contemporary poets in conversation with journalist Bill Moyers. 

The journey begins on the evening of April 21 with exploration of the works of Sekou Sundiata, Naomi Shahib Nye, Coleman Barks, and Sandra McPherson.

The April 28 segment features the work of Carolyn Forche, Gary Snyder, Marilyn Chin, and Robert Bly.

The final installment, shown on May 5, includes interviews with Adrienne Rich, Victor Hernandez Cruz and Lucille Clifton. 

6:00 p.m.

Do you want to practice English? What would you like to talk about and learn?

Come to our free English Conversation Circles, where you can practice your English with others in a casual environment. They are held in a lower level conference room.

6:00 p.m.

Monday Evening Story TimeCome and enjoy an evening story time as we read, sing and rhyme.

This program is recommended for families with children.

6:00 p.m.

Bring your child in to make it and shape it with Play Dough.

This program is free and open to the public.

For ages 2-5.

6:30 p.m.

Join us in the children's room for weekly movie screenings of new family films and classic favorites.

Recommended for families and children ages 4-12.

6:30 p.m.

Mondays at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. we have free film showings! The same film is shown at both times.

Films are often of a mature and serious nature, and are intended for adults. After each film, you are invited to stay for an optional discussion of the film.

All films are shown with subtitles or captions.

See you there!

Upcoming Films

Nov. 4 Baran DVD Bārān Iran 2001, 94 mins., rated PG.  

Winner of 14 awards at international film festivals. A young Afghan woman in Teheran must pretend to be male in order to work at a construction site in order to feed her family.
Nov. 18 Lost in America DVD Lost in America US 1985, 91 mins., Rated R

Albert Brooks comedy about a couple who decide to quit their jobs and cruise America in a Winnebago. Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 1986 National Society of Film Critics Awards USA.
Nov. 25 Harvey Harvey US 1950, 105 mins., not rated.

Because of his insistence that his companion is an invisible 6-foot rabbit,  a whimsical middle-aged man (James Stewart) is thought by his family to be insane, but he may be wiser than anyone knows. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Dec. 2 I'm Not Scared I'm Not Scared Italy 2003, 108 mins.,  Rated R.

A young boy accidentally finds a deep hole in the ground -- where another boy is being kept prisoner. Winner of 8 awards at international film festivals.
Dec. 9 Beautiful Girls Beautiful Girls US 1996, 112 mins., Rated R.

A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their problems with life and love.  Won Best Screenplay award at 1996 San Sebastian  International Film Festival. Natalie Portman, Timothy Hutton and Matt Dillon.
Dec. 16 My Favorite Year My Favorite Year US 1982, 92 mins., Rated PG

Richard Benjamin directed this comedy starring Peter O’Toole, which is a tribute to Sid Caesar’s “Show of Shows.”
Dec. 23 Antonia and Jane Antonia and Jane UK 1991, 71 mins., Rated R
Heartfelt tale of two women living vicariously through one another to escape their respective routines.  Described as a thinking woman’s “Thelma & Louise.”

6:30 p.m.

12 Years a Slave, book The purpose of the American History Book Club is to generate an informal discussion of major political and social issues that appear in American History. We will select a recently published book on a topic such as the Civil War or the Depression and use that work as a jumping off point for debate. Participants need not have read the whole book but simply think about the problems the book explores.

The American History book club will meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Shepherd Park Library, three blocks from the Takoma Park metro. The first meeting may only cover the first part of the book. In the second meeting of the month, we'll try to complete the discussion of the core argument of the book.

There is no requirement to sign up ahead of time.  Just come to an informal gathering and be ready to enter into a lively discussion on topics of American History.  

6:30 p.m.

Poet, CeLillianne GreenJoin us on Monday, April 21 at 6:30 pm for a poetry reading and special discussion with poet, CeLillianne Green, author of That Word, a provocative poem about the harmful impact "that word" has on those who hear it and use it. Celebrate National Poetry Month and African-American heritage by exploring the unconscious damage a simple word can have on a person's race and culture.

Copies of That Word will be available for purchase, with an autograph session following the discussion.

What is that word? "That word is not your name. That word is profane."

For more information, please call 202-698-6373.

6:30 p.m.

Learn the latest HTML standard (HTML 5) and how to engage its enhanced capability to deliver multimedia, graphics and other rich content in the creation of Web pages. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: S. Dodge
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate, Web I Basics, Web II Intermediate, Email Basics and any previous version of HTML. A significant amount of typing is required!

You will learn to:

  • Distinguish new elements and attributes in HTML 5
  • Insert and play video and audio using HTML 5
  • Insert 2-D/3-D drawing graphics using HTML 5
  • Insert new elements for headers, footers, menus, sections and articles
  • Insert new form elements, new input types, automatic validation
  • Save your HTML 5 document to your flash drive or send them to your email account.

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

6:30 p.m.

Mom & Me & Mom book cover.Please join The Fiction Lover's Book Club as we discuss Maya Angelou's Mom & Me & Mom. This selection is part of our "Tastes Like Fiction" series. 

We will meet in the Popular Library, located on the first floor, just off The Great Hall. All those who cannot attend are welcome to post thoughts online in our Goodreads space all month long.

Contact Popular Services at 202-727-1295 for more information on how to join the group.

6:30 p.m.

The Sometimes Strange Meetings: Visual Art in Western Literature book club is led by Professor Ori Soltes.

April 21: Discussion of Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut.
May 14: Discussion of Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.
June 11 (final session): Discussion of Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. 

7:00 p.m.

Stories, songs & rhymes for all ages.

This program is held upstairs in front of the fireplace.

7:00 p.m.

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

Geared toward beginners, although all are welcome.


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