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Thursday, September 11, 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.

4:00 p.m.

Chess Club at MLK Library Teen SpaceCome to the Teen Space to learn how to play chess and master unique chess strategies from our instructor.

Ages 13-19.

5:00 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.

6:00 p.m.

picLearn the basics of some of the most popular 3-D modeling software programs. If you are interested in creating your own 3-D models to then have printed in the Digital Commons, this class is for you. 

The class will explore some of the free programs that are available for download and should soon be available on Digital Commons PCs.  

This introductory course will explore Sketchup Make and the Autodesk-hosted in-browser design program, TinkerCAD.pic

6:15 p.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: N. Chester
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.

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.

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Please join us on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall Lobby at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, as we welcome Dr. Karsonya Wise-Whitehead, author of Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.

In her book, the author examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn  twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis’s worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia’s free black community in the nineteenth century.
 
Although Davis’s daily entries are sparse, brief snapshots of her life, Whitehead interprets them in ways that situate Davis in historical and literary contexts that illuminate nineteenth-century black American women’s experiences.

This event will also feature musical selections from La Bella Voce Ensemble.

This event is free and open to the public.
 
 
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Image of keyboardIf you're trying to figure out what to read next or just curious about the library's eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines, Step Into the Popular Library's Favorite Online Resources is the class for you! We'll go over everything from Readers' Resources to Downloadable Media.

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.

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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Image of a blind man and a young girl reading a print braille bookAdaptive Services Division is accepting applications for their Braille literacy class on Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting August 9, 2014 – September 27, 2014.

This class is for beginning braille users (All ages).

Space is limited. For more information, please call 202-727-2142, or email lbph.dcpl@dc.gov .

10:30 a.m.

Beginning to trace your Family Tree? Maybe you have researched a good amount of your family history and are seeking other resources to help you dig deeper into your roots.  This workshop will introduce participants to database resources that are accessible in DC Public Libraries and outside the libraries if you have a DC Library card.

Instructors: K. DesperttBook and Tree
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills:

  • The ability to read and comprehend English well
  • Basic computer and Web navigational skills
  • Aptitude in using a keyboard and mouse

Objectives: Come and learn how to navigate the following genealogical databases:

  • Heritage Quest, a genealogical database accessed through dclibrary.org
  • Historic Washington Post & Baltimore Afro-American newspaper databases
  • Recently acquired Evening Star

Sample searches will be conducted to highlight the features and advantages of each online genealogical resource.

Participants are encouraged to bring a portable USB flash drive

11:00 a.m.

Sing, Talk & Read AdvertisementLearn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school. It's never too early to give your kids a smart start. 

Come to DC Public Library's STAR Family Festival featuring:

  • Workshops for parents to support your child's early learning
  • Fun activities, crafts and games for children 
  • Free children's books
  • Live entertainment by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and drummer Jali-D
  • Safety, health and education resources for your child 
  • Door prizes including $200 gift baskets and other giveaways
  • Lunch provided
  • Face painting
  • Photo opportunities with costumed characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Much more!

Special guest appearances from WKYS FM Shorty de Prince and Angie Ange.

Come to the STAR Family Festival and see how easy and fun early learning can be.

For more info, call 202-727-0321.

11:30 a.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.

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.

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. P. Grogan
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.

2:00 p.m.

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Looking 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. 

2:30 p.m.

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

All levels welcome.

2:30 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. Green
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.

3:00 p.m.

tumblr logoWhether you're a photographer, a digital painter, or use more traditional media, you've probably heard that Tumblr is the best way to build up an audience. This hour-long class will show you how to get started with the popular website, giving you a tour of the community as well as teaching you how to best use hashtags to find new fans.

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. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

1:00 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.

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.

Join us for the following special Art Attack programs during the summer months and earn badges as part of the Teen Summer Reading Program: 

June 30: E-textiles: Teens will create LED cuff bracelets using LEDs, batteries, and conductive thread. Earn the STEM and Get Crafty Badges at this event.

July 7: 
Street Art & Fashion: Teens will have an opportunity to make freezer stenciled tees, chalk spray paint art, or graffiti lettering. Earn the Get Crafty Badge at this event.

August 4: 
Engineering-Paper Roller Coasters: Teens will create paper roller coasters using paper, tape, and marbles. Earn the STEM Badge at this event.

August 11: 
Stop Motion Videos: Teens will create Vine or Instagram videos using weird props & DIY backdrops on their own mobile devices or a DCPL iPad. Earn the STEM and Get Crafty Badges at this event.

4:00 p.m.

Java is a computer programming language used to develop applications that can run on any platform. Learn how the Java bytecode makes this programming language compatible and portable.

Instructor: T. Nguyen
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:

   The basic elements of the Java bytecode syntax
   How to work within the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

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

6:00 p.m.

IllustratorCome learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator CS6.

Classes will explore the functions of most of the items in the toolbox.

All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis.

6:00 p.m.

Even Godzilla loves Fantasy Flicks!
It's just what it says on the tin: movies with some element of realism, some parsimonious narrative shred of the numinous, the impossible, the beguilingly made-up. Planets uninhabited and otherwise, fairies, space marines, time travel, wayward otherworldly machines, and the reality-bending light-out-of-darkness of every universe.  And, perhaps, a little adventure and romance, if our voyage permits.

Films will be screened on the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in Room A-5, located on library's lower level. (Want more? Novum, our Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club, meets on third Wednesday of every month in the Popular Library at 7 p.m.)  

So strap in, check your oxygen, and remember that variety is the spice of our selections.  Just call (202) 727-0321 to see what's playing this month!

6:30 p.m.

Americanah Book CoverPlease join The Fiction Lover's Book Club as we discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah

We will meet in the Popular Library, located on the first floor, just off The Great Hall. All those who cannot attend are welcome to post thoughts online in our Goodreads space all month long.

Contact Popular Services at 202-727-1295 for more information on how to join the group.

6:30 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: I. Oscariz
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.

7:00 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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