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Thursday, May 1, 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.

2:30 p.m.

Book CoverIn this poignant book, Katherine Boo, an American investigative journalist, captures the many lives of the people of Annawadi, a slum on the outskirts of Mumbai, India.

Joy and sorrow crisscross these lives as they reach for survival and beyond.

Please join us for a discussion of this work, full of memorable portraits, in room 219.

5:00 p.m.

LOL Movie at MLK Teen SpaceJoin us at the MLK Teen Space for a great movie in our Teen Lounge on the first and third Thursday of every month. 

We show many popular movies as soon as they are released on DVD and are in the library collection. We also show an occasional anime show or movie to tie into the Manga Club program at Teen Space.  

Ages 13-19.

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, May 1

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, May 8

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, May 15

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, May 22

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. 

Friday, May 2, 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 keyboardWhether you're just starting out with library research or you've been doing it for years, DCPL is here to help you fine tune your skills using our wide range of General Reference Online Resources. Meet us in room 311 (third floor computer lab) for hands-on practice and instruction!

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.

4:00 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, May 3, 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.

Our 3D printer building a bust of Martin Luther King Jr.3-D printing is an exciting technology that has the potential to revolutionize numerous fields.

This hour-long introduction will seek to answer commons questions:

  • What is 3-D printing?
  • How does it work?
  • How do you get started 3-D printing at the Digital Commons? 

Together, we will explore the underlying processes and technology, survey some of the 3-D modeling and design software freely available for creating objects, discover valuable resources for 3-D printing on the Web, and review the 3-D printing capability available to the public in the Digital Commons.

Join our Braille Book Club for Kids which is for children in grades 1-6 (and their parents) who are Braille readers. This program is sponsored in partnership with Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

The Braille Book Club for Kids meets the first Saturday of every month, at 11 a.m. (except holidays or as advertised) in the Adaptive Services Division, Room 215.

For more information, contact the Adaptive Services Division at 202-727-2142 or lbph.dcpl@dc.gov.


11:00 a.m.

Family Fun TimeLooking 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!

Please call the Children's Desk at 202-727-1248 to find out the specific theme for the week. 

12:00 p.m.
New Tourney Logo

Can't get enough of Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering?

Prepare to exhibit your trading card prowess at this all day event in the Digital Commons. Enjoy swapability at the expense of your opponents and win one-of-a-kind prizes.

The tournament is open to adults and teens. Players will meet from noon to 5 p.m. in the lounge area in front of the Digital Commons. 

A judge will assure that all is fair in love and war by keeping score on our whiteboards.

Curious about Trading Cards, but don't know how to play?  A master will be on hand to teach the newbies and hand out free starter decks for practice.

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

1:00 p.m.

Saturday Technology Training Sessions are on the first and third Saturday of each month with a few exceptions for holidays. They are held from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Adaptive Services Division, Room 215.

The meetings are a chance for people who use Adaptive Technologies to get together and share information, and learn about technologies such as the JAWS ScreenReader and MAGic ScreenMagnifier, which make the computer accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. Past sessions have included iPhone and iPad, Captioned Telephone and employment tips from the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

2:30 p.m.

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

All levels welcome.

Sunday, May 4, 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.

2:00 p.m.

May The 4th Be With You Day!

Celebrate the magic of Star Wars with these fun family events!!!
 
SW Jeopardy: Take our trivia challenge to see if you’re a Jedi Master.
Origami: Create and decorate your very own Yoda.
Gaming: Dance like Han Solo and swing a lightsaber in the Kinect Star Wars game on Xbox 360.

In the Teen Space, Second Floor, Room 208.

 

Monday, May 5, 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)

Our 3D printer building a bust of Martin Luther King Jr.3-D printing is an exciting technology that has the potential to revolutionize numerous fields.

This hour-long introduction will seek to answer commons questions:

  • What is 3-D printing?
  • How does it work?
  • How do you get started 3-D printing at the Digital Commons? 

Together, we will explore the underlying processes and technology, survey some of the 3-D modeling and design software freely available for creating objects, discover valuable resources for 3-D printing on the Web, and review the 3-D printing capability available to the public in the Digital Commons.

10:00 a.m.

This course takes up where PC for Beginners 1 leaves off. Objectives include solidifying typing, email and Internet skills as well as learning how to create and manage files and folders, edit text, attach files to email messages and understand memory and storage basics. This class meets twice a week for five weeks. 

Prerequisite: Passing, completing or testing out of PC for Beginners 1. Pre-registration is required.

To register for classes, please call Byte Back at 202-529-3395 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

When registration is closed, you may contact Byte Back to join our calling list. ByteBack will call all interested students next time registration begins.  

IMLS logoByteBack logoCurriculum and training provided by ByteBack.

Technology for this program made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

11:00 a.m.

Around The World Storytime at MLK Library Children's RoomCome and read, sing and dance with stories and songs from around the world. This story time will be partially in English and also feature songs and stories in a variety of foreign languages.

Please call 202-727-1248 for more details.

Ages 0-5.

12:30 p.m.

This two-hour course takes up where PC for Beginners 1 leaves off. Objectives include solidifying typing, email and Internet skills as well as learning how to create and manage files and folders, edit text, attach files to email messages and understand memory and storage basics. This class meets twice a week for five weeks. 

Prerequisite: Passing, completing or testing out of PC for Beginners 1. Pre-registration is required.

To register for classes, please call Byte Back at 202-529-3395 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

When registration is closed, you may contact Byte Back to join our calling list. ByteBack will call all interested students next time registration begins.  

IMLS logoByteBack logoCurriculum and training provided by ByteBack.

Technology for this program made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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.

4:30 p.m.

Words Beats & LifeJoin The Studio: Emcee & Beat Production Classes

Create your own music, write songs, produce beats, and collaborate on music projects with other youth. Learn from some of the best D.C.-based hip-hop artists about the music business! This program is brought to you by Words Beats & Life.

Mondays | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Recording Studio in Teen Space of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
IMLS logo

6:00 p.m.

xhtmlLearn the basics of web page design using XHTML and CSS!

Patrons will learn basic web page design with XHTML, including how to format headings, paragraphs, images and links. Patrons will be able to style their content with CSS, including colors and fonts.

No registration necessary.

Tuesday, May 6, 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.

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