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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Learn more features of this word-processing 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 and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate and adjust default settings.
  • Create and insert stylized headers and footers, footnotes, table of contents, indexes and cover pages.
  • Insert, move and resize graphics, SmartArt and stylized text boxes.
  • Engage and apply the bullets and numbering features.

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

6:15 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: J. Gregory
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.

Photoshop logoIn Photoshop 201, we will explore image adjustment options, layers and layer masks, and color correcting options utilizing Photoshop CS6.

6:30 p.m.

David Harris-GershonWhat do you buy... cover artDavid Harris-Gershon moved to Jerusalem, full of hope. Then a bomb shattered Hebrew University's cafeteria, ripping open his wife's body, killing the friends sitting next to her and changing everything.

The bombing sent David on a psychological journey that led him back to East Jerusalem and the family of the Hamas terrorist, who had inexplicably expressed remorse upon his capture by Israeli police.  David needed to meet and understand his enemy. Not out of revenge.  Out of desperation. 

What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife is part memoir, part journalistic investigation. In this fearless debut, David confronts the personal costs of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and our capacity for recovery and reconciliation.

Author David Harris-Gershon will be here to speak about his book and the real experiences he went through in the writing of this work. 

This event, held in the Great Hall, is open to the public.  RSVP with J Street is highly recommended. Copies of the book will be available for sale courtAmericans for Peace Now logoesy of Politics and Prose.

J Street LogoThis program is made possible thanks to our partnership with J Street and Americans for Peace Now.

7:00 p.m.

American Civil warJoin in on a screening of The Civil War by Ken Burns, a widely acclaimed PBS documentary outlining the American Civil War in vibrant and dramatic detail.  Enlightening, as well as entertaining, Burns' documentary examines the unique elements of the Civil War through colorful accounts and photographs.  This award-winning documentary is a must see! After the viewing there will be a brief round table discussion about the documentary and its significance.


7:30 p.m.

Screenshot of Audacity softwareHave 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, May 1, 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)

asdfComputer 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 to digital.commons@dc.gov.asdf

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.

InDesign logoIn this class, you will learn Adobe InDesign terminology, location of tools and panels, workspace navigation, and how to create multipage layouts for Web, print, PDF and ebook publication.

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.

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.

Tournament 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. 

Library staff members will assure that all is fair in love and war by keeping score on our whiteboards.

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.

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