Adaptive Services
    Back to School
    Special Event
    Summer Reading

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Image of book cover for "Tropic of Cancer"Discussion of Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, in observance of Banned Books Week (September 20-27).  Copies are available at the branch.

1:00 p.m.

Learn to find and assess quality online health information. This class will be 2.5 hours. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructors: A. Muhammad, PIA International, Inc.
Computer Lab, Room 311

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

You will learn to:

  • Navigate medical websites.
  • Evaluate medical websites for updates and active links.
  • Research personal health issues.
  • Make informed health decisions based on information retrieved from credible health websites.

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health and the D.C. Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration. Presented by the Project for Intermediate Advocates.

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

1:30 p.m.
For those who need to come into the world of computers, this is the class for you. Overcome your fears and gain the skills that can get you ready for the workplace. Seats are filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: O. Fontem
Venue: Bellevue Library's Main Meeting Room

You will learn to:

  • Identify basic computer components and operating system features.
  • Execute basic mouse techniques.
  • Perform basic keyboard strokes and functions.
  • Identify and navigate the features of the desktop, Internet, email and job applications.
  • Open and exit software programs.
  • Identify and navigate the Windows and internet environments of Microsoft and Firefox software applications.
  • Create and save a document, resume or job application to the desktop, to a flash drive or submit to employer.

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

This class holds weekly on Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm in Meeting Room B.

1:30 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.

1:30 p.m.

Jobseekers ImageDrop in for one-on-one support with basic online job search activities:

  • Create an email account
  • Start, revise, save, and upload a resume
  • Save a profile on job searching websites
  • Work on an online application

Computers will be reserved for job-searching activities on a first-come, first served basis.  You will be asked a few questions to help us meet your needs.  Time limits will apply.

1:30 p.m.

Cover for El Deafo, the book featured in this eventAward-winning author and illustrator Cece Bell will talk about her latest book, El Deafo, a graphic novel that describes her experiences growing up deaf in the 1970s. As a child, Cece felt like she was a superhero with the special powers from her hearing aid. So she called herself, "El Deafo."

Cece Bell has authored and illustrated several books, and earned a Geisel Honor for one of her books, Rabbit and Robot.

Come in and meet the author and learn about her fantastic graphic novel, El Deafo.

This event is recommended for children ages 7-12 and their caregivers.

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!

2:00 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!

2:00 p.m.

Feature Film:  1984 (1984). R rating.  113 mins.  Nineteen Eighty-Four is the second film adaptation of the George Orwell novel.  The film is set during April of 1984 in post-atomic war London, the capital city of the repressive totalitarian state of Oceania.  Winston Smith is a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence.  Starring:  John Hurt, Richard Burton (in his last public appearance), Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cuzack, Gregor Fisher, and James Walker.  Directed by Michael Radford.

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.

Join us for anime, animated, live action or short films at a new earlier time.

See you at the library!

Ages 12 and younger.

3:30 p.m.

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

Appropriate for families and ages 5 and older.

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.

Cover of El Deafo the graphic novel featured in this eventAuthor and illustrator Cece Bell has produced several books in the past and has even garnered a Geisel Honor for one of her books, Rabbit and Robot.

She'll be visiting us to talk about her new book, a graphic novel that describes her experiences growing up hearing impaired in the 1970's. As a child, Cece felt like she was a superhero with the special powers from her hearing aid. So she called herself, "El Deafo."

Come enjoy refreshments and hear about the fantastic graphic novel, El Deafo and its zesty creator.

This event is recommended for ages 7-12. 

4:00 p.m.

Captain Underpants Banned BooksCelebrate 2013's most challenged book with games, activities and lots of Captain Underpants fun!

This event is recommended for children ages 6-12 and will be held in the Children's Room on the second floor of the library.

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.

5:00 p.m.

Enjoy a night of songs and laughter with Rosedale's Family Film Night!

Children and their families will get to enjoy the classic musical, Mary Poppins, about two children whose nanny turns out to be very special, as well as learn a little about P.L. Travers, the author of the popular Mary Poppins series and other childhood classics! 

5:00 p.m.

Fall leaves Maybe you've seen the leaves start to fall or pumpkins appear in the window. That's right, it's that season - fall!  We'll read some autumnal books together and then stick around for our special craft! Learn how to make a clay paperweight with an embedded leaf pattern so that you can take a bit of this special season home with you! Ages 6 and up.

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

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.

6:00 p.m.

harry potter cover imageWe will be reading some of our favorite banned books at Read-Out! this month. Come by and listen to the first chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Captain Underpants, and other banned favorites. This program is appropriate for children ages 8-12 and will take place in the children's story circle. 

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.

bbw logo


Join us Tuesday, September 23, for an artist talk with several of the artists participating in UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition, on display in the Great Hall from September 20 - October 15. The art exhibition is in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create. The contributing artists have each created a work pertaining to the broader theme of censorship. The artists serving on this panel, moderated by D.C. artist and DCPL Library Associate, Matthew Mann, will explore the ways in which censorship affects the arts and reveal how the issue of censorship relates to the ideas put forward in their displayed work.

6:30 p.m.

Panelists will discuss the highlights and challenges of the history of Shaw neighborhood, contemporary issues such as gentrification and affordable housing and finally they will address the possible directions in which this historic community may be headed.

Dr. Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University, Atlantic, African American, Washington, DC, and Jazz History


  • Blair Ruble: Author of Washington’s U Street: A Biography
  • Reverend Sandra Butler-Truesdale: Long-time community advocate, educator, founder of DC Legendary Musicians
  • Dr. Bernard Demczuk, Official Historian of Ben’s Chili Bowl, George Washington University
6:30 p.m.

Join us for three days of films in our Banned Books Film Series. Every film is inspired by a banned book and starts at 6:30.

Sept. 22
James book cover
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach (PG)
Sept. 23
Push book cover
Sapphire's Push (R)
Sept. 25 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (R)

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.

8:00 p.m.

Fingers typing on a laptopThis is a drop-in clinic for those wanting to work on and troubleshoot your own WordPress blog or website.

This is an hour-long session for those seeking assistance and guidance for WordPress related questions.  This clinic is informal, collaborative working session, not a class. 

For more information, contact Anne Ledford at