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Saturday, September 20, 2014

2:00 p.m.
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Seeking to expand your knowledge on how digital things work? Join the Lynda Lounge! Visit the MLK Blog to discover the monthly topic and suggested videos to watch on  Drop into the Digital Commons at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to access the videos on your tablet or device, or sign up to use our Creative Stations to practice on Adobe tools while you watch.  Once a month, join other Lynda Lounge members to compare notes and share what you've learned at the Lynda Lounge Meetup, on the third Saturday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m.  You only need a library card and an email account to join.  Staff members will check in to offer expertise on the monthly topics.

There are three ways to sign up:  

  • Walk into the Digital Commons at 901 G Street, NW
  • Call the Digital Commons at 202-727-1175
  • Sign up online

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2:00 p.m.

In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, author Frida Larios will present workshop and reading that will facilitate children’s (ages 4-11) discovery and question the unique visual world of letters and Mayan mythology. The trilingual (English, Spanish and New Language [Visual] Maya) children’s book, The Village That Was Buried by an Erupting Volcano (children’s book) and the Green Child wooden puzzle are the tools of this workshop and educational experience. In the Children's Room on the 2nd floor of the Mount Pleasant Library.

2:00 p.m.

child playing checkersPlease join us for a Family Game Time. Fun for all ages! 

Bring your friends and your favorite game.

Play old favorites, or discover a new favorite.

2:30 p.m.

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

All levels welcome.

2:30 p.m.

Are you seeking the right strategies to make your marketing efforts as effective as possible? This 2.5 hour workshop, co-sponsored by Constant Contact, Inc., is designed to uncover important and core marketing concepts and show how a little marketing knowledge can go a long way. 

Register Now

Registration is limited to 36 participants and workstations will be assigned to registered participants first. Walk-in participants are welcome and all participants can feel free to bring their tablets or laptops.

Instructor: R. Foster (see brief description of credentials below)
Computer Lab, Rm. 311

During this workshop, you will learn:

  • What marketing really is (and isn't)
  • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses
  • The importance of setting goals and objectives for your marketing efforts
  • The 4 Pillars of Marketing Success - a framework that shows how difference marketing activities all fit together
  • That it's OK to start small, to start where you already are

Join us and start to build a foundation marketing knowledge base from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization grow.


Romona Foster is a social media trainer and consultant. She trains groups and individuals on how to use LinkedIn, how to market on Facebook, all about Twitter, Email Marketing, Pinterest, Google +, and Microsoft Office. She has conducted workshops for several organizations including “Discover the Power of Twitter Tweet-A-Thon Style” for Social Media Week 2013, Washington, DC and “Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn: Personal Branding for Sales Professionals” for the National Sales Network DC-Baltimore chapter. Romona has also served as a guest panelist for the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference 2013 “Reach & Sell to the Hispanic Market” and National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Inc. Washington DC Chapter’s 2012 Pre-Conference Career Expo: “Using Social Media Networking to Advance Your Career” and “Branding: What Sets You Apart From Other Job Seekers?”. She has been featured on WEAA 88.9 FM’s Briefcase Workshop Radio program and has recorded five radio promos on Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s WASH-FM (97.1) for Constant Contact. Romona is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, certified Social Media Marketing Presenter, Email Marketing Trainer, and an accredited Constant Contact Solution Provider; and a two-time recipient of the Constant Contact ALL STAR Award (2012 & 2013).

2:30 p.m.

Join our Teens of Distinction as they host a back-to-school movie.

Refreshments will be served!

3:30 p.m.

Gamer's Galore at MLK Library Teen SpaceCome to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Teen Space to get your game on every Saturday afternoon.  From our variety of board games and trading card games to our stock of video games for the Nintendo Wii and XBox 360, we have something for everyone to play and enjoy!

Ages 13-19. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

(All day)

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UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition

UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition is a temporary public art event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create. The Great Hall will transform into a gallery, showcasing works of art by local D.C. artists pertaining to the theme of censorship. In addition to the Great Hall, the exhibition space will include the large entryway windows and parts of the second floor. The art will be unveiled at UNCENSORED: The Preview Party on Friday, September 19, and remain on display until October 15.

The artwork on display will constitute paintings, installations, performance art and video projections. Participating artists include: 

Kelly Towles
Larry W. Cook
Carolina Mayorga
Halsey Berryman
Mariah Anne Johnson
Brian Davis
E. Jane
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté

(All day)

Visit the Children's Room during Banned Books Week (September 21-27) and celebrate the freedom to read with a commemorative craft, a guessing game, and more.

9:30 a.m.

lcardSeptember is Library Card Sign Up Month! Sign Up for a Library card or refer someone to get a library card and be entered  in a  drawing for prizes at the end of the month! Its just that easy!

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars

11:00 a.m.

The library is joining the Whole Foods Market in Georgetown (2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW) for a back-to-school celebration featuring healthy eating demonstrations, tasty samples, a raffle and more.

Drop by the store to enjoy the festivities and sign up for a library card, check out materials, and learn more about library programs!

1:00 p.m.

Need help with homework? Want feedback on your creative writing? Stop by the information desk! We’ll set you up in a quiet study space and give you tips on how to ace your assignments.

On the lower level, every Sunday.

Image of teens holding books in a library.

1:00 p.m.

Family Math, Engineering and Science Sundays is a bi-weekly program that encourages children 3-12 to learn more about the world around them through experiments, building and other activities.

Parental/caregiver participation is suggested.

1:00 p.m.

banned booksSeptember is Banned Books Week. Read a Banned Book, tell us why you like it and receive a prize. Take a picture or selfie with your Banned Book and the picture will be displayed at the library or on our webpage. Photography release forms must be completed.
 All Ages

1:00 p.m.

Family Biking WorkshopJoin us at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library as Kidical Mass DC and WABA present this workshop on family biking around our city.

Kidical Mass is a national movement to encourage parents and children to bike together. Kidical Mass DC organizes monthly family bike rides and produce the annual ABC's of Family Biking, an event to help families learn about tools and skills that facilitate biking together in DC.

We'll go over the ins and outs of riding confidently and comfortably with children, equipment, packing and preparation and next steps.

2:00 p.m.
fall leaves

Have fun learning about scarecrows, fall leaves and pumpkins through stories, crafts and more.

Ages 5-7.

2:00 p.m.

A variety of family friendly programs that may include dance, music, movement, movies, sign language and much more.

Recommended for ages 0-12.

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.

tooth trollsAttendees are exposed to French vocabulary through story, song, rhyme and crafts during this interactive story time.

Ages 2 - 6 are encouraged, though all ages are welcome.

Please note that story time will be done entirely in French unless otherwise specified.

Please call (202) 698-0183 or contact Whitney Jerome with any questions.

2:00 p.m.


Are you interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and/or Mathematics? Join us to design, construct, discover, create, and so much more! 

Ages 6-12.

Please call 202-727-1248 if you have any questions, or if you would like to know the specific theme for this week's STEAM Team.

2:00 p.m.

film clip artJoin us in the children's room for a movie! We will be showing new family-friendly films and old favorites in the children's room every Sunday.

Recommended for families and children ages 4+.

2:00 p.m.

Come into Anacostia Neighborhood Library during Banned Books Week and take a selfie with your favorite book that was once banned. We will have many such titles on display, and would love to hear from you about why these books are important to you. And if you haven't read any of the books on display, please check one out. Visit District of Columbia Public Libraries and exercise your freedom to read what you want to read!

2:30 p.m.

CraftsPlease join us every Sunday at the Palisades Library for crafts in the Children's Room!

All ages are welcome and crafts will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Let's have fun crafting at the library!

3:00 p.m.

Knitting GroupJoin us on Sunday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 4 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.

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.

3:00 p.m.
Sunday Smooth Jazz and Scrabble Lounge

Come relax to the sounds of Smooth Jazz in the
Sunday Smooth Jazz and Scrabble Lounge
at the Bellevue Neighborhood Library.
The Lounge opens in the Main Meeting Room on Sunday May 4 from 3 to 5 p.m.
(every other Sunday following).
                Sunday Smooth Jazz and Scrabble Lounge             
3:00 p.m.

image of a computerThese are workshops designed to teach the basic skills of computer use. Classes are designed for people who have limited or no computer skills.  Over the course of the sessions, participants will gain comfort with computers, gain experience using the keyboard and mouse, and develop the ability to easily find, store, and produce documents such as Word documents.  Participants will develop the skills needed to accomplish tasks such as filling out online job applications and other online forms, sending emails, and finding information online.  

Sessions will cover:  August 24 - Typing Basics; September 7 - Using the Internet; September 21 - Setting up Email.  For more information, call (202) 541-6100.  

3:00 p.m.

Deer Hand Puppet by Mary Ann EnriquezMake something special.

We provide the material, you provide the imagination!

An open program for children ages 3 - 8. 
Registration is not required.
Drop in and be creative.

3:30 p.m.

A program incorporating different formats for stories, from songs and movement to books and rhymes.

All ages are welcome to join, but the program is specifically targeted for ages 3 to 8.