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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Join us for anime, animated, live action or short films at a new earlier time.

See you at the library!

Ages 12 and younger.

3:30 p.m.

Come watch an animated, anime, or live action film!

Appropriate for families and ages 5 and older.

3:30 p.m.

Words Liive Promotional PagePetworth Library presents Words Liive, a program that uses hip-hop music to help teens understand the typical structures used by fiction writers. Students will annotate [add critical or explanatory notes] to song lyrics and then apply those structures to classic literature. In addition, students will write and record their own compositions. 

Space is limited.  Call 202-243-1187 to register or for more information. 

4:00 p.m.

Undirected play with LEGO building blocks. For all ages.

4:00 p.m.

Come hang out at the library every Tuesday afternoon and relax with the Wii and more!

Check our online calendar for more Teen events at DC Public Library.

Ages 13-19.

4:00 p.m.

Fall TreesJoin us as we create fall trees to decorate the children's room!  This program is for children six and up.

4:15 p.m.

Explore the many document creation possibilities of this powerful desktop publishing software. Microsoft Publisher is widely used in the workplace and in educational settings. 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 and PowerPoint

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Publisher window
  • Explore a variety of templates and their document creation requirements
  • Create a calendar, a greeting card, business cards and letterhead using the installed design templates
  • Format and link text boxes; insert WordArt and other graphics
  • Insert grid and ruler guides; manipulate margin settings
  • Insert additional pages and delete unwanted pages
  • Import a Word document into one of Publisher's stylized formats

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

4:30 p.m.

DC Youth Slam TeamCome to the Teen Space every Tuesday afternoon to participate in an exciting poetry workshop and let your imagination soar.

Workshop is run as part of the DC Youth Slam Team, a subset of the Split This Rock poets association. Please contact Jonathan Tucker at 202.787.5279 to sign up for the class.

Ages 13-19.

4:30 p.m.
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In remembrance of the flooding of New Orleans nine years ago, we will be reading and discussing A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld. A.D. follows the lives of five real people from different parts of the city - some who stay through Hurricane Katrina, and others who evacuate - from Aug. 27 until Sept. 1.

We will be meeting in the second floor conference room. All ages welcome.

5:00 p.m.

Matilda bookJoin Rosedale's Reel Reading Book Club! Kids read a book and then on the last Tuesday of each month they watch the movie that the book inspired, or the movie that inspired the book. Kids can enjoy a brief group discussion as well!

June's book selection is Roald Dahl's Matilda, which inspired a movie of the same name!

5:00 p.m.

Kid's ages 9 and up are invited to read our monthly graphic novel selection and then join us to discuss the book. September's book is Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity  by Dave Roman. Books are available for check out at the information desk. Please call 202-282-3073 to register.

5:30 p.m.
Beginning Level. 100+ ASL vocabulary words and rules of grammar.  

Any level is welcome to join the class, review, learn new signs. FREE and open to the public.

No need to register. 

Instructor: Cheryl Lewis.

Room A-10 (Lower Level)

Questions?  Call 202-559-5368 or email

6:00 p.m.

Stuffed teddy bear in pajamasYou come in your pajamas, maybe bring a favorite stuffed animal, and we'll provide the bedtime stories.

For ages 6 months to 5 years.

6:30 p.m.

Join us at Northwest One for free Yoga lessons every Tuesday except the first Tuesday of the month.

We welcome all skill levels and provide mats!

Classes are an hour long.

6:30 p.m.

Learn the latest HTML standard (HTML 5) and how to engage its enhanced capability to deliver multimedia, graphics and other rich content in the creation of Web pages. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: S. Dodge
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 to:

  • Distinguish new elements and attributes in HTML 5
  • Insert and play video and audio using HTML 5
  • Insert 2-D/3-D drawing graphics using HTML 5
  • Insert new elements for headers, footers, menus, sections and articles
  • Insert new form elements, new input types, automatic validation
  • Save your HTML 5 document to your flash drive or send them to your email account.

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

6:30 p.m.

We will show the film 7th and T.

Jazz historian and WPFW radio personality Rusty Hassan will lead a discussion of this documentary, which depicts the rich musical heritage of 7th and T streets in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood.

6:30 p.m.

TRANSLATABLE is an open mic reading that showcases the art of literary translation and celebrates Washington, D.C. as a multilingual community.

6:30 p.m. sign up begins in the Great Hall; 6:45 p.m. open mic begins.

How to participate:

  • You are invited to read literary texts in any genre that have been translated from any language into English (or from English into other languages).
  • We encourage you to read both the original text and the translation.
  • Your contribution should be a total of four minutes or less.

MaritzaTRANSLATABLE will be hosted by Maritza Rivera, also known as Mariposa, a Puerto Rican poet and Army veteran who has lived in Rockville, Md., since 1994. She is the creator of a short form of poetry called Blackjack, and is the publisher of Casa Mariposa Press. Maritza is the author of About You; A Mother’s War, written during her son’s two tours in Iraq; Baker’s Dozen; and Twenty-One: Blackjack Poems. 

This program is made possible thanks to our partners at DC Area Literary Translators and The Writer's Center.

7:00 p.m.

Come to our ESL English Conversation Club, where you can practice your English skills in a casual environment. This conversation group is for English learners at all levels, but participants should have some English knowledge. This is an open group, and you can drop in at anytime between 7 and 8 pm.  

Ven al Club de Conversación en Ingles (ESL English Conversation Club) para practicar y conversar en ingles en un entorno relajado. El grupo de conversación es para todos los niveles, pero los participantes deben tener un nivel básico de inglés. Puedes participar todos los martes cuando quieras entre las 7:00 y 8:00 de la noche.

7:00 p.m.

Free weekly yoga classes led by a qualified instructor, courtesy of Yoga Activist.

Geared toward beginners, but all are welcome.

7:00 p.m.

Icon image for XML codingA continuation of Introduction to XML, this course will focus on increasingly complex elements of XML records including sub-elements, qualified elements, and XML schemes and namespaces.

Please note: Introduction to XML necessary before attending this course.

7:00 p.m.

Please join the Southeast Book Club on the last Tuesday of each month for a fun and interesting discussion of the monthly book.

The September book is Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell. All are welcome! Murder As A Fine Art cover

7:00 p.m.

Bruce Sawtelle of Takoma Bicycle will talk about basic bike safety concerns, bicycle maintenance, how to fix a flat and things to take on rides. We’ll cover bike commuting and what to consider when purchasing a bike.

Come with your questions and worries and get ready to jumpstart your biking lifestyle!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

(All day)

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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

(All day)

Movie TicketsWin Free Movie Tickets in The Librarian Challenge Contest

Read ANY teen book between Oct. 1 and Oct. 18 and come to Lamond-Riggs Library to redeem a prize and a raffle ticket to win a pair of free movie tickets! Make sure to ask for Ms. Samantha at the reference desk!

Not sure what's the best time to redeem your prizes? Come in any Wednesday or Thursday night or during any Teen Program!

Ages 13-18.

(All day)

legoAll month long, receive three LEGO bricks o add to our growing tower when you check out materials!

How tall will it get?

All ages.

Introduce your child to a love of reading and the library at our weekly Wednesday story times. Each week enjoy adapted stories, songs and movement activities that engage children.

Ages birth-36 months.

10:00 a.m.

Story time for ages 3-5 featuring picture books, storytelling and movement.

This is also the open call for class and daycare groups.

If your daycare cannot make this story time, please call 202-727-0971 to schedule a different time.  

10:00 a.m.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for ages 2-5, with their caregivers.

For safety's sake, there is a limit of 75 participants for each story time.

Remember -- there is a story time at 10 a.m. and another repeated at 11 a.m.

To schedule a class visit, please call 202-671-3125.

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.

10:00 a.m.

Books, music and rhymes for 2-year-olds.