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Saturday, September 20, 2014

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UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition

UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition is a temporary public art event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create. The Great Hall will transform into a gallery, showcasing works of art by local D.C. artists pertaining to the theme of censorship. In addition to the Great Hall, the exhibition space will include the large entryway windows and parts of the second floor. The art will be unveiled at UNCENSORED: The Preview Party on Friday, September 19, and remain on display until October 15.

The artwork on display will constitute paintings, installations, performance art and video projections. Participating artists include: 

Kelly Towles
Larry W. Cook
Carolina Mayorga
Halsey Berryman
Mariah Anne Johnson
Brian Davis
E. Jane
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté

9:30 a.m.

lcardSeptember is Library Card Sign Up Month! Sign Up for a Library card or refer someone to get a library card and be entered  in a  drawing for prizes at the end of the month! Its just that easy!

10:00 a.m.

YogaJoin us every Saturday from 10:00am to 11:00am for Adult Yoga Class.

Wear some comfortable clothing and bring a mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class.

The classes are taught by Yoga Activist and are held on the lower level of the library in the Larger Meeting Room.
This class is free and open to the public.

10:00 a.m.

Enjoy a weekly play time for young children. Constructive play and early literacy activities.

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 .

10:00 a.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: K. Lewis
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.

10:00 a.m.

pile of books.Stop by the library for the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Sale.

They will have lots of materials from you to choose from, including:

  • Children's books
  • Books in English, Spanish and other languages
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • DVDs
  • CDs

So please make sure to stop by!

And if you're interested in helping out your local library, why not join the Friends? More information can be found on their blog. You can also join in person at the library.

Follow the Friends on Twitter @FriendsofMTPlib.

Like the Friends on Facebook 

10:00 a.m.
DC By the Book app   WalkingTown DC Humanities Council of Washington, DC

Know Your Neighborhood

DC By The Book Tours

Join the Humanities Council, DC By the Book, WalkingTown DC and the DC Public Library on Sept. 20 10 a.m. to noon for a free literary walking tour! Participants will meet at the 13th Street entrance to the U Street Metro in Northwest, DC. 

Kim Roberts, historian of DC’s literary culture, will lead the tour with the theme “Books of the Harlem Renaissance.” Visit to register.

Authors will include Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Duke Ellington, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Richard Bruce Nugent, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Edward Christopher Williams, Pearl Bailey, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke and Rudolph Fisher. We will take a stroll of approximately 1.5 hours around the U Street neighborhood, exploring locations found in significant literary works.

The tour will include several stops featured in the Brand New DC By the Book iPhone/Android app! The app guides users on tours of DC By the Book sites across the city.

DC By the Book
 is the brainchild of Tony Ross and Kim Zablud of DC Public Library. The project explores the richness of non-Federal civic life in Washington and its character as a city, as brought to life by fiction. The project goal is to highlight and crowd-source passages from the (largely undiscovered) rich body of literature set in DC that illuminate its social and geographic history.  Visit for more details.

10:30 a.m.

Join us for an all-ages story time. 

10:30 a.m.

Stories, music, folktales and fun for Preschoolers and Kindergartners. Recommended for ages 3-5.

10:30 a.m.

family readingLooking 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!

All ages welcome.

10:30 a.m.

Storytime fun for the whole family.

10:30 a.m.

Start your weekend off with a fun family story time filled with songs, rhymes, and good books. Book

10:30 a.m.

Learn how to use both the DCPL database Novelist and the website Goodreads in order to find out what to read next! Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets with them to use during the class.

11:00 a.m.

Open Lego Duplo block play time for children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers. 

11:00 a.m.

Come in for weekend story time as we read, sing and rhyme.

This program recommended for families with children ages 0-5.

Join us afterwards for our Imaginative Play program. 

11:00 a.m.

Baby/toddler lap times are story times geared for babies ages birth to 24 months and their caregivers.

11:00 a.m.

Yoga at Your Library is a beginner level yoga class for adults and teens brought to you courtesy of Yoga Activist.

No experience is required. The class is free.

You can bring your own mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class.

11:00 a.m.

Bring mom and dad and join us on Saturday mornings for a fun family story time.

Children ages birth to 7 years and their caregivers are welcome.

For questions, please contact the Shepherd Park children's librarian at 202-541-6025.    

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.

12:00 p.m.

Diabetes Support GroupFor anyone diagnosed with Diabetes, pre-diabetes or caring for a diabetic. Healthcare professionals will give educational information and answer questions on food choices, exercise and medicine. We meet the third Saturday of every month. For email or phone updates, leave your information at the Adult Information Desk. Light refreshments. Every third Saturday at 12pm. This program is free and open to all.

12:15 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. Green
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.

1:00 p.m.

Saturday Technology Training Sessions are on the 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.

1:00 p.m.

KCDC LogoLearn ways to reduce stress and maintain positive well-being through the practice of expressive writing. In this workshop, you’ll use selected poems relating to the theme of transformation as prompts for reflection, discussion, and writing. The session will end with a relaxation exercise.

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

Please pre-register for this class at the Knowledge Commons DC website.

2:00 p.m.

Join us for an all-ages story time with singing, dancing and lots of fun!

2:00 p.m.

Every other Saturday enjoy family crafts for all ages.

Crafts will vary with the seasons and holidays. All materials will be provided.

bookwormWe will read some books, sing some songs, and perform some finger plays!

Family Story time is for children ages 2-5 with their adults (but older and younger children are also welcome).

The program will last approximately 20-30 minutes and will take place in the Children's Story Circle.

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. 

2:00 p.m.
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Seeking to expand your knowledge on how digital things work? Join the Lynda Lounge! Visit the MLK Blog to discover the monthly topic and suggested videos to watch on  Drop into the Digital Commons at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to access the videos on your tablet or device, or sign up to use our Creative Stations to practice on Adobe tools while you watch.  Once a month, join other Lynda Lounge members to compare notes and share what you've learned at the Lynda Lounge Meetup, on the third Saturday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m.  You only need a library card and an email account to join.  Staff members will check in to offer expertise on the monthly topics.

There are three ways to sign up:  

  • Walk into the Digital Commons at 901 G Street, NW
  • Call the Digital Commons at 202-727-1175
  • Sign up online

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