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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4:00 p.m.

NarutoHang out at Manga Club.

Talk manga and anime.

Make things.

Eat snacks.

Have fun.

Every fourth Wednesday.

Jan. 22 –Ninja vs. Samurai
Feb. 26 – Multicultural Comic Characters
Mar. 26 – Japanese Mythology
Apr. 23 – Golden Week Party

5:30 p.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.

5:45 p.m.

Get a basic, hands-on overview of the HTML and JavaScript programming languages and discover their inter-related capacity to produce dynamic Web pages. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: A. Heibel
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, and Email Basics. A significant amount of typing is required!

You will learn to:

  • Insert HTML tags
  • Insert JavaScript codes into HTML elements
  • Explore the JavaScript code using the alert() function
  • Insert the JavaScript onclick event into an HTML event attribute
  • Access HTML elements using the Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Use JavaScript to change HTML images and styles
  • Save your JavaScript-enhanced .html 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.

6:30 p.m.

Orange is the New BlackJoin DC Public Library librarians at Bistro d'Oc on the third Wednesday* of each month for a modern-day book club.  Books & Bars is a book club that promises great food, drinks, a comfortable atmosphere, and great discussion on today’s most intriguing books. 
 
On Wednesday, April 23rd, Books & Bars will be discussing Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman.


Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for socializing; book discussion will begin at 7 p.m.
To ensure seating for all, please let us know to expect you.  Send your RSVP to Kari Mitchell at 
kari.mitchell@dc.gov.

*Please note the new location and date this month.
6:30 p.m.

S. Prince Pic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:30 p.m. as author, cultural anthropologist, and independent scholar Sabiyha Prince, Ph.D. discusses her new book African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, D.C. Race, Class and Social Justice in the Nation’s Capital.

This book uses qualitative data to explore the experiences of African Americans confronting and constructing gentrification in Washington, D.C.  It contextualizes Black Washingtonians’ perspectives during a marked period of urban restructuring and demographic change in the Nation’s Capital and sheds light on how social hierarchies and standpoints have unfolded over time.

For further information contact wash.dcpl@dc.gov or (202) 727-2274
 
 

7:00 p.m.

Sigrid Fry-Revere pictureThe Kidney Sellers coverDr. Sigrid Fry-Revere is the first Westerner ever to interview kidney sellers in the one country in the world that claims to have solved its kidney shortage — Iran.

Dr. Fry-Revere spent two months interviewing and filming her subjects without permission from the Iranian government. She shares her discoveries in her new book, The Kidney Sellers. Part diary of living in a dangerous country, part ethnographic essay, and part tale of people working together to overcome death and financial ruin, The Kidney Sellers is a shocking, thought-provoking, true story.
 
Sigrid Fry-Revere is the ethics consultant for the Washington Regional Transplant Community’s Organ and Tissue Advisory Committee and project director of the Center for Ethical Solution’s SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) project.
 
Copies of The Kidney Sellers will be available for purchase and autograph by the author.

7:30 p.m.

pppComputer languages are here at the Digital Commons!

Python is a simple computer language that is fast and easy to learn. Participants will build simple functional Python programs with guided instruction.

Supplies are limited, so please register by calling 202-727-1175 or email digital.commons@dc.gov.ppp

Thursday, April 24, 2014

(All day)

ChessAre you interested in playing Chess?

We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!

For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Email troy.bent@dc.gov for more information or call 202-727-0321.

(All day)

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month in the main-floor meeting room.

We alternate between fiction and nonfiction each month.

For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.

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.

2:30 p.m.

"Simple Strategies for Success with Email Marketing" is sponsored in partnership with Constant Contact, Inc. and is a 2.5-hour workshop in which you will learn to build the relationships that are key to your business success with easy, inexpensive and highly effective email marketing~!

Register Now

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.

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

In this seminar, we will provide tips to increase your email deliverability and open rates, write good headlines and content, and perhaps most importantly, strategies for getting and keeping high quality prospects, customers and members.

Topics include:

  • Become a trusted email sender in the eyes of your prospects, customers, and members;
  • Build your list! How to find and keep email list subscribers, offline, online and especially via social media;
  • Get your sent emails opened and read;
  • Turn your readers into more frequent buyers/visitors/donors;
  • Target your communications -- how to get the right message to the right people at the right time;
  • Use email communications to improve customer/member loyalty; and
  • Enhance your email marketing with social media marketing - even if you don't have a social media presence!


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.

5:30 p.m.

Exterior of MLK LibraryThe Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will have a major renovation to meet the needs of D.C. residents.
Come share your ideas about what services, spaces and technology you would like to see in a new central library.  

5:30 p.m. – Welcome and Architect Presentation
6-8 p.m. – Roundtable Discussions



Topics will include:

  • Children's Services
  • Teen Services
  • Adult Services
  • Technology/Innovation
  • Local D.C. History/Special Collections
  • Services to People with Disabilities
  • Cultural & Community Spaces
  • Mixed Use/Shared Spaces

All topics will be discussed in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

Participate live online at dclibrary.org/mlkfuture.
 
For more info on the renovation, visit dclibrary.org/mlkfuture

Great Hall

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.  

 
 



6:00 p.m.

Explore the many document creation possibilities of this powerful desktop publishing software. Microsoft Publisher is widely used in the workplace and in educational settings. 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 PowerPoint

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Publisher window
  • Explore a variety of templates and their document creation requirements
  • Create a calendar, a greeting card, business cards and letterhead using the installed design templates
  • Format and link text boxes; insert WordArt and other graphics
  • Insert grid and ruler guides; manipulate margin settings
  • Insert additional pages and delete unwanted pages
  • Import a Word document into one of Publisher's stylized formats

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

6:30 p.m.

Podcasting gear.Learn 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, April 3

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, April 10

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, April 17

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, April 24

Students debut their work for the class!

If you'd like to register, please sign up here.  Due to limited spaces, a short wait list will also be established.

7:00 p.m.
pen and ink

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is having a PoemShare!

Bring a short poem or two to read out loud--pick a favorite, or just share what you're reading right now. Poets, poetry-enthusiasts, and those new to poetry are all welcome.

We'll be meeting on the second floor in Room 219.

Questions? Email us!

Image: Joel Montes

7:30 p.m.

asdfDo you have something (or someone) that would make a great three dimensional model?

Bring them to Intro to 3-D Scanning! Using free software and tablet computers, we will take 3-D scans of people and things while learning about the different ways to take objects from our world to the digital world.asdf

Friday, April 25, 2014

(All day)

ChessAre you interested in playing Chess?

We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!

For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Email troy.bent@dc.gov for more information or call 202-727-0321.

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 keyboardHave you exhausted your favorite author's writings? Are you in need of some suggestions on what to read next? Check out DCPL's Readers' Resources for book suggestions, read-a-likes, author biographies, and more in room 311 (third floor computer lab)!

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

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and must be a DC Public Library cardholder. 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.

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.

Science Technology Engineering Arts and MathAre 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 202-727-1278 if you have any questions.

4:30 p.m.

Learn how to share and popularize your Web comics.

If you've ever wanted to post your comics online but didn't know where to start, this class is for you.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

(All day)

ChessAre you interested in playing Chess?

We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!

For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Email troy.bent@dc.gov for more information or call 202-727-0321.

10:00 a.m.

Learn the basic features for creating a dynamic PowerPoint (slide show) presentation. This software is widely used in the workplace and in educational settings. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: C. Myers
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 Word II Intermediate.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft PowerPoint window.
  • Create a simple slide presentation using the installed themes and design templates.
  • Identify and engage the three working panes of the PowerPoint environment.
  • Edit and customize each slide and insert SmartArt graphics and links.
  • Insert additional slides and delete unwanted slides.
  • Activate the slide show presentation.
  • Save the presentation as a slide show (.ppsx) and as a presentation (.pptx).

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

10:00 a.m.

Letters About Literature




The winners, finalists, and all participating educators of the 2014 Letters About Literature essay contest will be honored at a recognition ceremony in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from 10am-12pm. The Junior League of Washington will host a reception following.

Letters About Literature is a project of The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with affiliate state Centers for the Book. As the DC Center for the Book, DC Public Library promotes literacy programs including the National Book Festival and Letters About Literature.

DC Public Library presents the Letters About Literature contest and its annual awards ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in partnership with these supporters.

DCPL FoundationJunior League of Washington  Center for the Book

10:30 a.m.

This hands-on workshop will give people the first hand experience they need to start 3-D printing. Together, we will learn how to find, customized, and download an object for 3-D printing on the Web. People will also learn the basics of 3-D modeling and have the time to put those skills into practice.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend Introduction to 3-D Printing prior to the workshop. Image of 3-D modelling software

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