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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

6:30 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.

7:30 p.m.

WordPress logoWordPress is a free, open source blogging tool and web hosting service. It is extremely versatile and can be as hassle-free or as complicated as you wish.

For example, some very popular websites, including TechCrunch and the blogs for The New York Times and The Washington Post, were all created using WordPress.

In this class, we will focus on using WordPress to build a simple blog, and we will discuss the process of turning it into an official website. Join us in learning about this customized Internet platform to see if it is right for your needs.

Questions? Contact Anne Ledford at 202-727-1181 or anne.ledford@dc.gov.

Wednesday, August 13, 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)

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.
Today's TaiwanTaiwan Logo
Great Hall

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 the basic features of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet environment that are frequently used for calculation and data entry functions in the workplace. 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:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Excel window.
  • Build a simple budget spreadsheet, using data entry and cell navigation skills.
  • Format and edit spreadsheet data, using common and unique formatting features.
  • Create simple formulas.
  • Use the AutoSum feature.
  • Explore the Insert Function feature for all other mathematical operations available in Excel.
  • Engage the Chart Gallery to create a chart based on the simple budget database created in class.

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

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

3:30 p.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: H. White
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.

6:00 p.m.

Author Kat Brockway shares stories and photographs outlining the rich 200-year history of the deaf community in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Book signing and reception sponsored by FOLDA (Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action). 

ASL and voice interpreters will be present.

Room A-10

Questions?  lbph.dcpl@dc.gov  or call  202-559-5368


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.

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.
 
Microphone
Join the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library for six nights of song this summer!

Whether you prefer to sing with a crowd or step up to the mic for a solo, DCPL has your favorite movie musicals ready.

MLK Presents
06/11: This fish-out-of- water wants to be part of your world
07/09: Two 1920s murderesses whose victims had it coming
08/13: A princess with an icy touch has to learn to let it go

Shaw Presents
06/25: You’ll be laughing at the clouds with this rainy tune
07/23: A girl worth fighting for fights as a boy for China
08/27: Hop in a canoe and find out what’s around the river bend

All shows begin at 6:30pm. Prizes will be awarded for movie trivia and most spirited performance. Shows are free and open to all ages. We'll bring the popcorn.


For movie titles & more information, please call 202-727-1291.

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, August 14, 2014

(All day)

Book cover image of Fear and Loathing in Las VegasThey always say the book is better than the movie. Check out the Read the Book First! Book Club & Film Series to decide once and for all if "they" are always right or not!

For the Book Club portion of this program, we'll be reading and discussing the following books:

Book cover image of An Ideal HusbandEach Book Club discussion will be followed by a screening of the film adaptation the next Monday evening.

Whether you've already read the book or seen the movie, come down to room 207 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a lively discussion of the Book Club's pick of the month.

Don't have time to read the whole book? Aim to read whatever you can of the month's pick and join us!

Contact Sarah Arnold at sarah.arnold@dc.gov or Shawn McDermott at shawn.mcdermott@dc.gov with questions.

(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.
Today's TaiwanTaiwan Logo
Great Hall

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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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.

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.

6:00 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: K. Vonderhaar
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.

6:30 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. 

7:00 p.m.

3d printed recorderMLK's Digital Commons presents "3-D Print of the Month" - a new series where you can vote on the next item we create using the Digital Commons' 3-D printer! Each week, the creation of the winning item will be broadcast on our live stream and you can tune in to ask questions and get the latest 3-D printer news.

This month's theme is music, so you'll be able to vote on a selection of musical instruments. The winning item will then be printed (and tested by our staff to see if they really work!)

Image: Recorder V2.2 by cymon

Friday, August 15, 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.
Today's TaiwanTaiwan Logo
Great Hall

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 keyboardAre you interested in learning more about the federal government? Or maybe you'd like to know more about DC's rules and regulations? Join us for Step Into Government and Law Online Resources to learn about the library's resources that can help you find these answers you seek. The library even has a resource for legal forms if you're in search of those instead. 

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.

1:00 p.m.

Resume picConfused about what to include on a resume? Well, come to the Resume Writing Workshop!
In this workshop, we will discuss different types of resumes, dos and don'ts of resume writing, action verbs, and resume templates.

The workshop will be held on August 15 at 1 p.m. and Angust 29 at 11 a.m. in the Digital Commons Dream Lab.
For more information, contact TaChalla Ferris at 202-727-0321.