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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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.

6:00 p.m.

Want to create a dynamic presentation on a different platform? Have you exhausted use of other presentation programs, like Microsoft PowerPoint? This workshop will show attendees how to begin using Prezi, a web- based program that allows the creation of dynamic presentations. We will work towards an end product with how-to steps along the way. By the end of the workshop, you will: 
 

  • Have a general sense of Prezi and its tools.
  • Develop an understanding of conveying information using a visual platform.

  • Determine the techniques that work for you when creating Prezi presentations.

    Please register here. A Laptop with WiFi access and a valid email address is required. 15 person capacity.

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6:30 p.m.

Learn the latest HTML standard (HTML 5) and how to engage its enhanced capability to deliver multimedia, graphics and other rich content in the creation of Web pages. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: S. Dodge
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, Web I Basics, Web II Intermediate, Email Basics and any previous version of HTML. A significant amount of typing is required!

You will learn to:

  • Distinguish new elements and attributes in HTML 5
  • Insert and play video and audio using HTML 5
  • Insert 2-D/3-D drawing graphics using HTML 5
  • Insert new elements for headers, footers, menus, sections and articles
  • Insert new form elements, new input types, automatic validation
  • Save your HTML 5 document to your flash drive or send them to your email account.

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

7:00 p.m.

Icon 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.

7:00 p.m.

Poetry MosaicWhether you've been writing poetry since childhood or just started your hand at verse, you're welcome at the DC Poetry Workshop Group. We meet Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 220 to share our poems and provide constructive criticism of each others' work. We have contemporary poets of all stripes--from beginners to pros, from formal verse to experimental verse, and everything in between. We also occasionally have special events--lectures, workshops, and discussions of poets and poetry.

To participate, come with several copies of your poem to share with the group, and be ready to read your poem out loud.

For more information and to get on the e-mail list, please contact Emily Graves at emily.graves@dc.gov.

7:00 p.m.

Summer Reading lightbulbIn the first comprehensive history of the Metro, Zachary M. Schrag tells the story of the Great Society Subway from its earliest rumblings to the present day, from Arlington to College Park, Eisenhower to Marion Barry.  Unlike the pre–World War II rail systems of New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, the Metro was built at a time when most American families already owned cars, and when most American cities had dedicated themselves to freeways, not subways. Why did the nation's capital take a different path? What were the consequences of that decision?  Join us for a conversation with Prof. Schrag on the social ideas that helped shape the DC Metro system.

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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 anne.ledford@dc.gov.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(All day)
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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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.

11:30 a.m.

Learn more features of this spreadsheet 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, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate and Excel I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Manage the screen view and navigate multiple worksheets in a workbook.
  • Construct 3-D formulas, using the Consolidate feature, and execute the Paste Special function.
  • Engage and perform the Auto Outline, Data Validation and AutoFilter features.
  • Apply the stylized Conditional Formatting feature to spreadsheet data.
  • Protect worksheet/workbook environment.

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

3:30 p.m.

Learn the basic terminology and navigational skills associated with surfing and searching the Internet via the World Wide Web. These skills can help you complete online job applications. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: H. White
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:

  • Identify and navigate the basic elements and features of the Internet Explorer browser environment.
  • Navigate the Web using hyperlinks.
  • Explore the features and advantages of various search engines and directories.
  • Perform simple Web searches and explore various job search engines.
  • Copy and paste Web text and graphics to a Word document.

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

6:15 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.

7:00 p.m.

Image of book coversCome learn the principles of book cover design in this highly interactive workshop.

We will discuss what makes a successful book cover, and the common dos and don'ts.

Participants are encouraged to bring in examples of covers they like and hate, which we will discuss.

7:30 p.m.

3d print braceletIn this class, you will learn how to design your own bracelet using TinkerCAD. Later, you can submit your  designs to have them printed on our 3-D printer!

















Pictured: Beautiful Chunky Bracelet, by aubenc

Thursday, August 28, 2014

(All day)
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




Taiwan LogoToday's Taiwan
 
 

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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11:30 a.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.

2:00 p.m.

How to Create a Facebook Business Page is sponsored in partnership with Constant Contact, Inc. and is a three-hour workshop that will walk you through how to create a Facebook Business Profile.  The workshop will cover such topics as Timeline covers and profile pictures, managing settings, creating and managing posts, and so much more.

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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: Romona Foster 
Computer Lab, Room 311

At the end of this three-hour workshop, you will:

  • Have created a Facebook business page
  • Be able to add great content to your page, i.e. photos, videos & blog posts
  • Know why the Newsfeed is so important for your business
  • Know how to get new and exciting customers to interact with your brand
  • Be able to add Facebook pages for business to your social media portfolio

 
About your 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. 

6:30 p.m.

Cover for "Search Inside Yourself"Are you looking to improve your career or achieve a more positive overall outlook? If this sounds exciting to you then you should join the Motivational and Self Improvement book club! 

This book club we will feature a new and inspiring book from the self improvement genre and give the group the opportunity to share thoughts and review the themes of the book. The featured book for August is Search Inside Yourself by Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people who share similar interests.  Take on new challenges and new ideas with the Motivational Self Improvement book club, where positive change becomes a reality.

This book club will meet in the Popular Library.For more information feel free to contact the the Popular Library at (202) 727-1295 and leave your contact information. See you there!         
                 

6:30 p.m.

Howard UPlease join us for a very special celebration of the U Street Oral History Project at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V St. NW,  featuring live music from the Greater U Street Jazz Collective, Greg Gaskins and other special artists. There will also be historical commentary from WPFW radio personality and Jazz historian, Rusty Hassan, as well as Georgetown University African American History Professor, Maurice Jackson. Come and learn about the rich history of U Street from those who remember the glory days of the 1940s, the early days of R &B, the decline in the aftermath of the 1968 riots on through the present. Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this program will be hosted by Project Director and Special Collections Librarian, Kelly E. Navies.

Friday, August 29, 2014

(All day)
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




Taiwan LogoToday's Taiwan
 
 

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 keyboardDid you know you can download 3 free songs from the library each week? Or that you can get author bios, criticism, and more? What about access to over 22,000 art images? Step Into Art, Music and Literature Online Resources will introduce you to what the library has to offer and then some.

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.