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Monday, October 6, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Rainbow Duct Tape RosesWant to make great DIY pieces to show off to family and friends? Come to Art Attack in Teen Space! 

Stop by and make cool crafts while hanging out with friends. We provide the materials, YOU provide the creativity!

Ages 13-19.


4:00 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. P. Grogan
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.

5:30 p.m.

Learn to calculate, research and display table data using Excel formulas. 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, Excel I Basics and Excel II Intermediate.

You will learn to:

  • Calculate using the following formulas: SUMIF, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIF, AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIF, COUNTIFS.
  • Research table data using the VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP formulas.
  • Organize table data using PivotTables and PivotCharts.
  • Trace precedents, show formulas, and apply the Watch Window feature.

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

Tuesday, October 7, 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
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



12:30 p.m.

Digital Drop-In logo.New Year, New Name, New Service!

Got an issue with technology?  Come let us troubleshoot. 

Want to download free books, music, movies and magazines to your device or computer? Come let us walk you through it.

Have a question about how digital things work? Come let us help you find the answer!

The Popular Services staff will offer digital tips and lunchtime demonstrations of the new devices and step-by-step instructions on how to download books, music and movies from the library's website. You can bring your own device or take a look at ours.

These lunchtime sessions will be held every Tuesday from 12:30pm until 1:30 p.m. in the Digital Commons, where the staff will be available to demonstrate, answer questions and troubleshoot.

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.

4:30 p.m.

Photoshop logoTour the Photoshop CS6 workspace, toolbars and panels while learning fun and easy ways to edit and enhance your photos.
Crop, scale and rotate, apply color correction, and learn how to work with layers.

Finally, test out these new skills on the iMac creative stations in Digital Commons.

4:30 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. P. Grogan
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.

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  lbph.dcpl@dc.gov

6:00 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: M. Welker
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.

6:30 p.m.

Soar CoverDavid BanksJoin us for in the Great Hall an evening with David Banks, founder of The Eagle Academy Foundation, the nationally acclaimed school for boys of color. 

We are looking for collective solutions.

We are looking for answers on how to help our young African American males reach their highest potential, live without fear and how to soar above any circumstance thrown their way.

David Banks, a respected educator who has advised Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues, presents a plan for teaching the country’s most educationally endangered group—boys.

Result-oriented and clear-eyed about the challenges and the promises of educating boys at risk, Soar is a book that no one who wants to see our young men flourish — from parents and educators to teachers and employers — can afford to miss.

Please RSVP to obtain a free general admission ticket to this event. You may also pre-purchase a copy of David Banks's book Soar for pickup on the day of the event.

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with The Oracle Group.

This event is hosted by The Oracle Group at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, in partnership with the Mocha Moms Inc. and the My Brothers Keeper Initiative.

6:30 p.m.

The regulatory review process for the renovation of the MLK Library is underway. The public is invited to attend a scoping meeting, led by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC).

Comments on the environmental impact of the renovation also may be submitted on the NCPC website. The public scoping period will be open until Friday, Oct. 31. Visit dclibrary.org/mlkfuture for more information. 

The meeting will be held in Digital Commons, 1st Floor.

7:00 p.m.

Book Club with a BeatGot a love of music? Want to know more about your favorite band? Curious where that beat came from? Join us the first Tuesday of every month in room 221 to discuss and listen to our popular music traditions.

Upcoming reads:

Have a book recommendation or question about this program? Email margaret.gilmore@dc.gov.

7:00 p.m.

Image of Espresso Book MachineCome receive instruction on how to format materials for the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). Functions like headers, footers, table of contents, and page numbering will be addressed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(All day)

Karaoke Fun at MLK Library Teen SpaceHave a great time singing the lyrics from your favorite tunes.  

Choose any song you want and do your best.  

Remember, with Karaoke Fun, it's not about getting all the notes right, it's about having the courage to try.

Ages 13-19.

(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
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



10:00 a.m.

Mother reading to childChildren will hear short stories, sing, do fingerplays, and dance and move to popular songs. 

Ages 2-3.

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.

12:00 p.m.

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Join the conversation!  This Twitter book club meets every second Wednesday of the month at lunchtime to compare notes with library staffers on what you're currently reading.  Love it or hate it, we want to know. 

Or you can share in person. Just drop into the Popular Library during the meeting and get a free book or audiobook and a stylish but sturdy library tote to carry home your treasure.

The meetings are held from until 1 p.m at

#brownbagdc
at @dcpl

4:00 p.m.

Learn more features of this word-processing software that can help you further your career. 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 and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate and adjust default settings.
  • Create and insert stylized headers and footers, footnotes, table of contents, indexes and cover pages.
  • Insert, move and resize graphics, SmartArt and stylized text boxes.
  • Engage and apply the bullets and numbering features.

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

6:30 p.m.

Logo for PhotoshopTour the Photoshop CS6 workspace, toolbars and panels while learning fun and easy ways to edit and enhance your photos.
Crop, scale and rotate, apply color correction, and learn how to work with layers.

Finally, test out these new skills on the iMac creative stations in Digital Commons.

6:30 p.m.

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We’re screening your favorite movie musicals & you’re invited to sing along (as loud as you can).

September 10: This red-headed orphan trades in her hard knock life for a new family.
October 8: The Vietnam War & the music of the Beatles form the backdrop for this love story.
November 12:  A beautiful book-lover finds herself a prisoner of a beastly captor & talking home goods.
December 10:  Young newspaper boys seize the day & unite against oppressive publishers.
January 14:  A street urchin falls in love with a princess in disguise & shows her a whole new world.
February 11:  Bohemians in the East Village of NYC struggle with life, love, & AIDS.


Microphones for the brave, snacks for all. Prizes for movie trivia & most spirited performance.
The 2nd Wednesday of each month. 6:30 p.m. Room A-5. Free

For movie titles & additional information call 202.727.1291 or email Kim.

6:30 p.m.

Get introduced to the world of Microsoft Access, a powerful relational database. Explore and navigate the Access program window and learn the concepts and structure of data storage in Access.  

Instructor: P. McFadden
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, Excel I Basics, Excel II Intermediate and Excel III Advanced. Familiarity with the keyboard is also required.

You will learn to:

  • Understand Database Design Concepts & Terminology
  • Engage the MS Access 2010 Interface
  • Work with Data in Access
  • Find | Sort | Filter Data
  • Import Data & Export Data

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

7:00 p.m.

The Return of George WashingtonEdward LarsonJoin DC Public Library in welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson who will speak on his forthcoming book,The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789 (to be released October 7, 2014). 

In this revolutionary new look at our First Citizen, Larson masterfully chronicles how George Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement four years after the Revolution to lead—and unite—the struggling new nation. Though the period between the Revolution and Presidency has previously been neglected in studies of Washington’s life, Larson’s startling reassessment shows that Washington’s greatness in fact rests on these years—1783 to 1789—during which he completed a remarkable journey that secured the future of the nation. From a contented post-military life at Mount Vernon and his agonizing decision to return to public service; to his indispensable, though still underappreciated, role in shaping the Constitution and securing its ratification; to his victory in the first federal elections and inauguration in New York.

Mr. Larson will speak on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in the Great Hall at 7 p.m.  Politics & Prose will be on site to sell copies of the book.  For further information, please contact Kari Mitchell at kari.mitchell@dc.gov.

This event is free and open to the public.  Let DC Public Library know you are coming by registering here.  (Tickets and registration are not required at the event)

7:30 p.m.

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Have you ever dreamed of producing and editing your own music or talk show? Have you ever wanted to be a broadcast journalist, or create a commercial for the radio or web?

With the help of Audacity, a powerful audio editing software and a little creativity, you could potentially be on your way to starting a new hobby, or perhaps a new career! 

Join the audio editing class in the Digital Commons to learn the basics of creating and editing your own audio files, utilizing the specialized functions of Audacity software. In the class you will learn how to do the following:

  1. Download and install Audacity to your PC.
  2. Record voice and music utilizing a digital microphone. 
  3. Mix high quality music audio with voice recordings using equalization and other studio effects.
  4. Edit both music and voice audio. 
  5. Save audio files to your PC hard drive or flash drive.

Thursday, October 9, 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
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



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.

10:00 a.m.

The DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities and community partners present the 2014 Mayor's Annual Disability Awareness Exposition.

This free event, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is for:

  • all D.C. residents with a disability
  • advocates
  • caregivers
  • providers

To:

  • share information and valuable resources
  • build new relationships
  • participate in fun, relaxing, and empowering activities.

This event will feature more than 30 public and private programs and service providers.


11:00 a.m.

Toddler Story TimeChildren will hear short stories, sing, do fingerplays, and dance and move to popular songs.

Ages 2-3.

12:30 p.m.

Hello Internet! is a self-paced class that will help students learn and practice basic Internet skills through video, text, pictures, and interactive exercises.  Hello Internet! is part of a University of Maryland master's thesis and is being offered with the permission of the DC Public Library.  Students taking this class must sign a consent form stating that their participation is voluntary and that their identity will be kept anonymous.  If you have any questions or comments about Hello Internet!, please contact Steven Dodge at his email address sdodge@umd.edu.

Instructor: S. Dodge
Computer Lab, Room 311

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

You will learn:

  • The difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • How to get on the World Wide Web at the DC Public Library
  • What a hyperlink is and how to use hyperlinks
  • What an Internet browser is and how to use a browser
  • What a search engine is
  • How to search using a search engine
  • How to find information on websites
  • What an online form is
  • How to use an online form by filling out an example job application

This class can be attended on a walk-in bases.  No registration is required. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.