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Thursday, July 24, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Wonderful Ones at MLK Children's RoomAn interactive story time to encourage early literacy skills for one-year-old children through stories, songs and rhymes.

Ages 12 - 24 months.

11:00 a.m.

Tales for Twos and Threes at MLK Children's RoomChildren will hear short stories, sing, do fingerplays, and dance and move to popular songs. 

Ages 2-3.

11:00 a.m.
Summer Fun
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Enjoy stories, songs, and fun in the sun at CityCenterDC. Located at 9th and H Street NW, CityCenter's Plaza can be accessed via H or I Street NW, in between 9th and 10th Street NW. Our preschool story time is geared towards children ages 3-5 and will help them develop early literacy skills and enjoy our beautiful summer at the same time!

Weather permitting.  Please call the Children's Desk at 202-727-1248 with any questions.


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12:00 p.m.

Learn to use the basic features of Web-based email and the significant function of attaching a document, such as your résumé, to your email transmission. The job search process requires that you have an established email account. 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 and Web I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic feature and elements of a Web-based email environment
  • Read, send, forward and reply to email messages
  • Apply formatting features to email transmissions
  • Attach documents and graphics to an email transmission
  • Activate email options, e.g. signature, vacation responses and more
  • Create folders and insert email addresses into an address book
  • Create Group / Distribution Lists
  • Use appropriate email etiquette
  • Identify email abuse

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

2:30 p.m.

Are you curious to know what it means to tweet? Do you wonder how it is possible to get your message across in 140 characters or less? Not sure how to get started on Twitter? This social media class is for you!  Come and learn how to start tweeting!

Register Now

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

We'll start from the beginning and discuss:

  • How to get started on Twitter
  • Twittiquette (etiquette for a world where you communication in 140 characters or less)
  • How to use Twitter to broadcast your message
  • How to compose a Tweet
  • What to do once you're up and running on Twitter

At the end of this two-hour workshop you will:

  • Have your own Twitter handle
  • Have created a Twitter profile
  • Know how to follow people and organizations of interest
  • Know how to make your content public or private
  • Understand language that is unique to Twitter
  • Be able to share content by Tweeting
  • Start having fun with Twitter

Course prerequisites:

  • Basic computer navigational skills and Internet knowledge are required
  • An active email address (please know your password)
  • Optional: Please bring your personal photo, background images and/or other photos on a USB flash drive.


PRESENTER:

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).

4:00 p.m.

Teen advisory group burstNeed community service hours?

Want a say in what the library offers?

Join the MLK Teen Advisory Group, and help to make your Teen Space a better Teen Space!

Our first meeting is Thursday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m.

Questions? Call 202-727-5535.

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.  

 
 



6:30 p.m.

Audio Storytelling Workshop logoLearn 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

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

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

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

Students debut their work for the class!

If you'd like to register, please call (202) 727-1175 or walk into the Digital Commons to sign up.  Due to limited spaces, a short waiting list for a future course will also be established. 

7:00 p.m.
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Curious about Facebook's new privacy policy? Wondering about Net Neutrality? Have something to say about Wired's latest?

Join DC Public Library for Featured, all the perks of a book club without the commitment.

Each month we'll read a few popular pieces paired with a scholarly article or two, get together, and discuss.

For this month's Featured articles visit http://bit.ly/1zRc34J
 
7:30 p.m.

Icon image for XML codingA continuation of Introduction to XML, this course will focus on increasingly complex elements of XML records including sub-elements, qualified elements, and XML schemes and namespaces. Introduction to XML necessary before attending this course.

Friday, July 25, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Baby Lap Time at MLK Children's RoomAn early literacy lap-sit program that combines sharing stories, songs, rhythm activities and baby bounces. A short socialization playtime follows the books and music program.

For ages birth to 12 months.

10:30 a.m.

Image of keyboardThe District of Columbia Public Library is home to the Black Studies Center, an extensive print and online collection of materials that focuses on the African-American experience in the United States. To learn more about the library's online resources related to this area of study, we invited you to the Step Into Black Studies Online Resources class.

Meet us in Room 311 (third floor computer lab) for librarian-led instruction and hands-on practice with these valuable resources!

Contact Sarah Arnold at sarah.arnold@dc.gov with questions.

Required Skills: Basic computer skills and previous experience using a Web browser is preferable.

11:00 a.m.

Boy Reading BookThis story time helps children with early language and literacy skills through reading stories, singing songs, learning new rhymes and honing visual literacy skills with the librarian.

For ages 3-5 years.

11:00 a.m.

lanternsThe Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is proud to partner with DC Public Library to bring “A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from July 26 to August 29, 2014.

The exhibition will focus on landscapes and traditional culture from the perspective of two of Taiwan’s top female photographers, Chang Hsiu-huang and Chang Yung-chieh. The different focuses of each photographer provide a captivating look at Taiwan’s landscape and local culture through the lens of female artists.
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Great Hall

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 digital.commons@dc.gov, or call 202-727-1175.  

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

4:00 p.m.

The internet is a powerful tool, for good or ill. Learn to avoid the most flagrant fraud, the most egregious error, and the most catastrophic misjudgments of online etiquette, in Basic Internet Safety.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

10:00 a.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. Also take the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing class as a perfect complement to PC Basics. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. Green
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

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.
  • Open and exit software programs.
  • Identify and navigate the Windows environment of Microsoft software applications.
  • Create and save a document to the desktop or to a flash drive.

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

10:30 a.m.

Image of Espresso Book MachineCome see the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) in action and receive information on where to find resources regarding formatting and self-publishing.

Please keep in mind that attendance is required to print your book.

Upcoming sessions can be found in the Library's online calendar.

11:00 a.m.

lanternsThe Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is proud to partner with DC Public Library to bring “A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from July 26 to August 29, 2014.

The exhibition will focus on landscapes and traditional culture from the perspective of two of Taiwan’s top female photographers, Chang Hsiu-huang and Chang Yung-chieh. The different focuses of each photographer provide a captivating look at Taiwan’s landscape and local culture through the lens of female artists.
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Great Hall

11:00 a.m.

Light and Shadow Join us for the opening day reception for the photo exhibit "A Narrative of Light and Shadow - Female Photographers from Taiwan."   Program includes opening remarks from Mr. Frank Yee Wang director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Resource Office in the U.S. Press Division, followed by shorts films featuring interviews with the photographers and an overview of Taiwan.  Following the film screening refreshments will be available for program participants.

Taiwan SealTaiwan LogoThis program is made possible thanks to our partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Resource Office in the U.S.

Great Hall

12:00 p.m.

Trading Card Meetup logoCan't get enough of Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering?

Prepare to exhibit your trading card prowess at this day-long event in the Great Hall. Enjoy swapability at the expense of your opponents and win weekly bragging rights. 

Players will meet until 5 p.m. in the lounge area in front of the Digital Commons. Games are open to adults and teens and tournaments will be held twice a year.

So, come one, come all; just come ready.

12:15 p.m.

Self-paced, practice tutorials and custom lessons for improving typing and keyboarding skills to help you create the cover letter and résumé needed to launch your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. Green
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

Class Objectives:

  • Practice home-row key typing in self-paced exercises.
  • Test your typing skills at various levels of proficiency and speed.
  • Customize practice lessons to enhance your typing skill abilities.
  • Practice constructing your own résumé using MB's Print Shop Résumé Pro Deluxe program.

Please bring your own earbuds for individual listening.

12:30 p.m.

children with goggles onThis summer come learn about Bioscience!
 
Build models of plant and animal cells and learn how they are similar and different. Discover why cells are important for life. Use magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. Learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful.
 
Advance registration required. Registration begins June 1. Come to the library to register or call 202-727-1248 for more information. Space is limited.
 
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Level I (Grades 2-3)
3- 5 p.m. Level II (Grades 4-6)
 
GSK Science in the Summer is a free science education program sponsored by GSK, in partnership with AAAS and the DC Public Library.
 

2:30 p.m.

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

All levels welcome.

2:30 p.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. Wahler
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.

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. 

4:30 p.m.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

11:00 a.m.

lanternsThe Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is proud to partner with DC Public Library to bring “A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from July 26 to August 29, 2014.

The exhibition will focus on landscapes and traditional culture from the perspective of two of Taiwan’s top female photographers, Chang Hsiu-huang and Chang Yung-chieh. The different focuses of each photographer provide a captivating look at Taiwan’s landscape and local culture through the lens of female artists.
Today's TaiwanTaiwan Logo
Great Hall

2:00 p.m.

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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.

3:00 p.m.

Actors on StageHave you always wanted to be an actor? Want to dust off those drama club skills from high school? Join us this summer to read through one-act plays on Sunday afternoons! Meet in room 207 at 3 p.m. to show us your acting skills.

The one-act play is a gem of literary form, with the same depth of emotion and character development as a full-length play packed into a shortened dramatic event, a form that dates back to the Greek playwright, Euripides. Find one-acts at the library, like Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and other one-act plays.