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Friday, September 19, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to join us on Friday mornings for developmentally appropriate song and dance!

11:30 a.m.

Join us for a fun, interactive story time that encourages early language and literacy skills through stories, songs and rhymes. Cow over moon

Wonderful Ones is a caregiver and child program for children that are walking up to and including age two.

You must register each week for this program. 

Email to register. 
11:30 a.m.

In the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema theaters of Anacostia, such as the Carver Theater, the Anacostia Theater, the Naylor Theater, and the Congress Theater, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library proudly presents, H.O.P.E. Theater, Helping Our People Engage.  Come enjoy select weekly movie matinees on Friday morning at 11 a.m.  Afterwards, feel free to share your thoughts about the movie with other moviegoers and community members.  We are building hope one movie at a time.

12:00 p.m.

Online Job PortalDo you need assistance filling out an online application or proofing your resume? If so, please sign up at the Digital Commons Desk for a one-on-one half-hour session, email, or call 202-727-1175.  

To ease your application process, it is requested that you have a working email address.

12:00 p.m.

Photo of Sam PostWe are pleased to welcome back Sam Post, one of our favorite Brown Bag participants, to help us enjoy Classical Music Month.

Sam Post is a pianist, composer and teacher in Washington D.C. His first two albums — of his own compositions, and of the Goldberg Variations, by Bach, including lecture commentary and demonstrations — are now available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Spotify.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this classical music event in the Great Hall. 

1:00 p.m.

clipart of cartoon resumeConfused about what to include on a resume? Well, come to the Resume Writing Workshop!
In this workshop, we will discuss different types of resumes, dos and don'ts of resume writing, action verbs, and resume templates.

The workshop will be held on August 15 at 1 p.m. and August 29 at 11 a.m. in the Digital Commons Dream Lab.
For more information, contact TaChalla Ferris at 202-727-0321.

1:00 p.m.

cartoonConfused about what to include on a resume? Well, come to the Resume Writing Workshop!
In this workshop, we will discuss different types of resumes, dos and don'ts of resume writing, action verbs, and resume templates.

For more information, contact TaChalla Ferris at 202-727-0321.

2:30 p.m.

Get a taste of New York City from the gritty to the zany with the September Film Series. We will feature five films about the Big Apple. Please contact for more information. Please note: we have changed the film screenings to Fridays at 2:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Family Film and Story!

Fridays at 4 p.m.

Recommended for all ages.

7:00 p.m.

Banned Books Party Invite

Presented by The DC Public Library Foundation and Event Chairs Derek Brown, Anna Fuhrman, Morgan H. West, and Kelly Towles & Virginia Arrisueño
UNCENSORED: The Preview Party
Provocative Art | Exclusive Cocktails | Live Music
Celebrate the freedom to read, express and create as the DC Public Library kicks off Banned Books Week. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's Great Hall will transform into a gallery space as we unveil works of art by local D.C. artists pertaining to the theme of censorship. Join us for an evening of uncensored fun including art, specialty cocktails inspired by banned books, and live music. 

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 

901 G Street, NW | Washington, DC

Individual Ticket $50 Host Ticket $250
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Sponsored by Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson and DC Brau 
Online Media Sponsor: Brightest Young Things 
*Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. The 2014 celebration will be held 9/21-9/27.* 

Saturday, September 20, 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

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!

10:00 a.m.

YogaJoin us every Saturday from 10:00am to 11:00am for Adult Yoga Class.

Wear some comfortable clothing and bring a mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class.

The classes are taught by Yoga Activist and are held on the lower level of the library in the Larger Meeting Room.
This class is free and open to the public.

10:00 a.m.

Enjoy a weekly play time for young children. Constructive play and early literacy activities.

10:00 a.m.

Image of a blind man and a young girl reading a print braille bookAdaptive Services Division is accepting applications for their Braille literacy class on Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting August 9, 2014 – September 27, 2014.

This class is for beginning braille users (All ages).

Space is limited. For more information, please call 202-727-2142, or email .

10:00 a.m.

Learn basic word-processing features that can help you to create letters, résumés, faxes and other documents that are used to apply for jobs. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: K. Lewis
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and the skills acquired in the PC Basics class.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Word window.
  • Execute multiple text-selection techniques.
  • Apply basic formatting features.
  • Perform the Copy/Cut and Paste functions.
  • Execute the "Find and Replace" and "Go To" features.
  • Explore a variety of templates for creating letters, résumés, faxes, reports, stationery and more.
  • Apply themes, page borders, page colors and watermarks.

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

10:00 a.m.

pile of books.Stop by the library for the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Sale.

They will have lots of materials from you to choose from, including:

  • Children's books
  • Books in English, Spanish and other languages
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • DVDs
  • CDs

So please make sure to stop by!

And if you're interested in helping out your local library, why not join the Friends? More information can be found on their blog. You can also join in person at the library.

Follow the Friends on Twitter @FriendsofMTPlib.

Like the Friends on Facebook 

10:00 a.m.
DC By the Book app   WalkingTown DC Humanities Council of Washington, DC

Know Your Neighborhood

DC By The Book Tours

Join the Humanities Council, DC By the Book, WalkingTown DC and the DC Public Library on Sept. 20 10 a.m. to noon for a free literary walking tour! Participants will meet at the 13th Street entrance to the U Street Metro in Northwest, DC. 

Kim Roberts, historian of DC’s literary culture, will lead the tour with the theme “Books of the Harlem Renaissance.” Visit to register.

Authors will include Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Duke Ellington, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Richard Bruce Nugent, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Edward Christopher Williams, Pearl Bailey, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke and Rudolph Fisher. We will take a stroll of approximately 1.5 hours around the U Street neighborhood, exploring locations found in significant literary works.

The tour will include several stops featured in the Brand New DC By the Book iPhone/Android app! The app guides users on tours of DC By the Book sites across the city.

DC By the Book
 is the brainchild of Tony Ross and Kim Zablud of DC Public Library. The project explores the richness of non-Federal civic life in Washington and its character as a city, as brought to life by fiction. The project goal is to highlight and crowd-source passages from the (largely undiscovered) rich body of literature set in DC that illuminate its social and geographic history.  Visit for more details.

10:30 a.m.

Join us for an all-ages story time. 

10:30 a.m.

Stories, music, folktales and fun for Preschoolers and Kindergartners. Recommended for ages 3-5.

10:30 a.m.

family readingLooking for a fun, family-oriented weekend activity? Look no further!

Children and their families are encouraged to let loose and have a ball in the library. Every Saturday, come prepared to laugh, play and have fun!

All ages welcome.

10:30 a.m.

Storytime fun for the whole family.

10:30 a.m.

Start your weekend off with a fun family story time filled with songs, rhymes, and good books. Book

10:30 a.m.

Learn how to use both the DCPL database Novelist and the website Goodreads in order to find out what to read next! Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets with them to use during the class.

11:00 a.m.

Open Lego Duplo block play time for children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers. 

11:00 a.m.

Come in for weekend story time as we read, sing and rhyme.

This program recommended for families with children ages 0-5.

Join us afterwards for our Imaginative Play program. 

11:00 a.m.

Baby/toddler lap times are story times geared for babies ages birth to 24 months and their caregivers.

11:00 a.m.

Yoga at Your Library is a beginner level yoga class for adults and teens brought to you courtesy of Yoga Activist.

No experience is required. The class is free.

You can bring your own mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class.

11:00 a.m.

Bring mom and dad and join us on Saturday mornings for a fun family story time.

Children ages birth to 7 years and their caregivers are welcome.

For questions, please contact the Shepherd Park children's librarian at 202-541-6025.    

11:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of the extensible markup language (XML) encoding language. In this class, you'll learn about the basics of XML, how to create a record declaration and a brief record in the XML standard.

Although not necessary, some experience with encoding languages (i.e. HTML) will be useful.