Thursday, April 24, 2014

5:00 p.m.

clip art nintendo controllerSports, dancing, or a little MarioKart?

Bring your friends and your A-game for a night of Wii gaming, pizza and snacks. 

Every Thursday in the Teen Lounge @ the Folio upstairs!

All teens welcome 5-8 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

Kids are invited to read our monthly graphic novel pick and come discuss the book at our Thursday night meeting.

Books are available for checkout at the circulation desk.

5:30 p.m.

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Tech Time is a drop-in clinic focused on mobile devices such as tablets, laptops and smart phones.

We're experts at downloading books, magazines, and music onto your devices.

This is the perfect opportunity to finally ask someone, "How do I  _______?" We'll even give you an answer!

We will be standing by 5:30-7:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday of each month to answer any questions you might have.


5:30 p.m.

ByteBack logoCareer Advancement Workshops
These days, using the computer is essential to look for and apply to jobs.  Learn to use technology to search and apply for jobs and to use the DC Networks system.
Week 1: Online Job Searching
Week 2: Online Job Applications
Week 3: DC Networks
Week 4: Online Job Searching

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.  

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

5:30 p.m.

Exterior of MLK LibraryThe Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will have a major renovation to meet the needs of D.C. residents.
Come share your ideas about what services, spaces and technology you would like to see in a new central library.  

5:30 p.m. – Welcome and Architect Presentation
6-8 p.m. – Roundtable Discussions

Topics will include:

  • Children's Services
  • Teen Services
  • Adult Services
  • Technology/Innovation
  • Local D.C. History/Special Collections
  • Services to People with Disabilities
  • Cultural & Community Spaces
  • Mixed Use/Shared Spaces

All topics will be discussed in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

Participate live online here.
For more info on the renovation, visit

Great Hall

6:00 p.m.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 logoIn this workshop, we will take our basic knowledge of the tools and tricks of Illustrator CS6 in order to build more complex vector shapes, learn about layers, fills and strokes, and explore open source alternative vector graphic programs.  


6:00 p.m.

Pop-up booksCome into the library on Thursday evenings for stories, songs, crafts and fun for the whole family. For this program, we will be using some of our special collection of pop-up books. 

At story time, the librarians will give a short presentation on our collection of pop-up books, some of which are very delicate and must be handled with care. Many of these books are very delicate and not available to check out, but you will be able to read them and handle them in the library!

Please note that young children must handle pop-up books with a parent.

We will also have a craft where you can get started on making your own pop-up cards and other craft creations.

Recommended for ages 4-12.

6:00 p.m.

Strange MattersPlease join us on Tuesdays at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw library for our Strange Matters discussion group.

This group will be an open forum for attendees to share stories off the beaten path. We will also discuss excerpts from books in the DC Public Library system that deal with ghosts, UFO and extraterrestrial-related phenomena, cryptozoology, strange disappearances, conspiracy theories and other topics of the paranormal.

Please come prepared each week with a story to share, or an excerpt from a book to discuss.

6:00 p.m.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction SitePut on your pajamas, grab your teddy bear and join us in the Children's Room for a story time before heading to bed! 

We'll read stories, sing songs, and perform finger plays together.  

Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Explore the many document creation possibilities of this powerful desktop publishing software. Microsoft Publisher is widely used in the workplace and in educational settings. 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, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate and PowerPoint

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Publisher window
  • Explore a variety of templates and their document creation requirements
  • Create a calendar, a greeting card, business cards and letterhead using the installed design templates
  • Format and link text boxes; insert WordArt and other graphics
  • Insert grid and ruler guides; manipulate margin settings
  • Insert additional pages and delete unwanted pages
  • Import a Word document into one of Publisher's stylized formats

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

6:00 p.m.

bookwormWe will sing songs, read books and perform finger plays! Pajama story time is best children ages 2-5 and their adults, but older and younger children are also welcome.

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

Pajamas are welcome but not required!

6:00 p.m.

Logo For Poem in Your PocketAttention all Poetry loving adults!

Come celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Night: Bring your favorite poem/or a poem you have written to read to the group. Just sign up at the downstairs Reference Desk.

A small prize will be given to all readers.

6:00 p.m.

Open MicCome celebrate National Poetry month with the library at our Open Mic Night!

Perform your own original poetry pieces or borrow one from your favorite poet!

The sign-up sheet and rules will be posted for all who want to participate.

Ages 12 and older.

6:30 p.m.

Develop your mind, body and spirit to its fullest potential with Yoga at Anacostia Library.

6:30 p.m.

cartoon people playing video gameCome join the Southwest Neighborhood Library for game nights!

Come play a host of Wii video games or enjoy a nice board game.

Game nights will be every Monday and Wednesday night.

6:30 p.m.
Come join us at Bellevue Neighborhood Library for a season of hand dancing fun.  There will be a new 12-week class filled with intermediate hand dancing.  If you already know the basic steps, then you won't want to miss this FREE class.  Come with your dancing shoes on!

Dance Institute instructor Mr. Jerry Williams will lead classes weekly, starting April 17. To register, click on the picture below.

Hand Dancing
6:30 p.m.

Podcasting gear.Learn the basics of audio storytelling! The workshop will consist of four one-hour classes meeting once a week for four consecutive weeks in the Digital Commons.

Each student must sign up for the program ahead of time and agree to come to each class, as the information will be cumulative. Students should also bring their own smartphone, laptop with a microphone, or digital recorder to class. 

By the end of the course, each student will produce a five-minute piece to share with the DC Public Library community. Class size will be open to the public but limited to eight students, so registration is required.

Week One:
Audio Storytelling Elements, April 3

This class introduces students to the various forms of audio storytelling. Students will listen to samples including books on tape, radio dramas, NPR reporting, creative non-fiction, and more. Students will learn about the elements that create a piece from narration and music to ambience and foley work. Students will come up with ideas for their audio piece.

Week Two:
Tech Basics, April 10

Students will learn the basic technical skills needed to record and edit audio work. This class will cover using recording equipment like digital recorders and smartphone apps. It will also cover the basic functions of Audacity. After this class, students should begin recording and editing their audio piece.

Week Three:
Editing Workshop, April 17

Students will bring their audio in for an extended workshop session. Not a formal class, everyone just works on their project. The instructor will be troubleshooting, working through problems, and providing guidance and technical support.

Week Four:
Listening Lounge, April 24

Students debut their work for the class!

If you'd like to register, please sign up here.  Due to limited spaces, a short wait list will also be established.

6:30 p.m.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?Join us to discuss April's book club selection, Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

When 15-year-old Bee aces her report card and earns her promised reward of a family trip to Antarctica, her agoraphobic mother, Bernadette Fox goes missing. To determine her notorious mother's whereabouts, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and even secret correspondence, but will Bee ever find her?

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? is a touching novel about the imperfect but irreplaceable relationships between mothers and daughters. Pick up a copy today and discover what Megan O'Grady of Vogue calls "delightfully droll" and what Janet Maslin of The New York Times describes as "comedy heaven."

The Francis A. Gregory Adult Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Copies are available for check-out.

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

7:00 p.m.

Discuss a different Mystery each month.

Call 202-282-0193 for the current month's book.

7:00 p.m.

All ages story time. Join us in your pajamas!

7:00 p.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 and 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.

7:00 p.m.

Put on your PJ’s, bring along your favorite stuffed animal, and join us for a family storytime!

Every Thursday night ,we will share stories, songs, and rhymes for all ages as we get ready for bedtime.

7:00 p.m.

Career mentor Joe Ryan will facilitate a support group for job seekers.

7:00 p.m.
pen and ink

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is having a PoemShare!

Bring a short poem or two to read out loud--pick a favorite, or just share what you're reading right now. Poets, poetry-enthusiasts, and those new to poetry are all welcome.

We'll be meeting on the second floor in Room 219.

Questions? Email us!

Image: Joel Montes

7:00 p.m.

Head shot of Romanian poet/translatore Ioana IeronimReadings from her published works, including "Triumph of the Waterwitch," "Lifeline as a Skyscraper" and "Tempo Rubato," in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.

7:30 p.m.

asdfDo you have something (or someone) that would make a great three dimensional model?

Bring them to Intro to 3-D Scanning! Using free software and tablet computers, we will take 3-D scans of people and things while learning about the different ways to take objects from our world to the digital world.asdf

7:30 p.m.
Poetry CafeJoin us for an open mic event to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

This is a young adult and young professional event. The event is free but space is limited. Please reserve your free ticket at

For questions about the event and/or to share your talents on the open mic, please contact Rita Nzuwah at or 202-541-6255.
7:30 p.m.

Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.)Are you a local reader between the ages of 21 and 35? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join us every fourth Thursday for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a new book group for younger adults.

In April, we will be discussing Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, the latest book by popular science writer Mary Roach.

Copies of the book are available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and we will be meeting at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park.

For more information -- including the title we'll be discussing and this month's meeting location--check out our MeetUp page or email or

Friday, April 25, 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 for more information or call 202-727-0321.

(All day)

board gamesTeens are invited to start the weekend off right with a little bit of friendly board game competition. Come on over, set aside the technology and enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun.

Patrons ages 13-19.

Please call 202-698-0183 with any questions.


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