Calendar

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

4:30 p.m.

Google is more than just the web's most prominent search engine. It provides a variety of services, including email, cloud storage, navigation tools, more advanced research options, and other useful instruments for finding, organizing and sharing information.

Those wishing to improve their Internet searching skills should attend, as should those who need to learn how to upload files (resumes, etc.) in a format that will be available to them anywhere they have internet access.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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 9, 2014

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, May 10, 2014

(All day)

Tumblr logoWondering how Tumblr works, but feel intimidated by likes and reblogs?

This beginner’s class will give you an insider’s look at the Tumblr community, along with a tour of the Dashboard and hashtags. 

4:00 p.m.

Image of book coversCome learn the principles of book cover design in this highly interactive workshop.

We will discuss what makes a successful book cover, and the common dos and don'ts.

Participants are encouraged to bring in examples of covers they like and hate, which we will discuss.

Monday, May 12, 2014

7:30 p.m.

Picture of Espresso Book MachineCome see the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) in action and receive information on where to find resources regarding formatting and self-publishing.

Please keep in mind that attendance is required to print your book.

Upcoming sessions can be found in the Library's online calendar.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Digital Drop-In logo.New Year, New Name, New Service!

Got an issue with technology?  Come let us troubleshoot. 

Want to download free books, music, movies and magazines to your device or computer? Come let us walk you through it.

Have a question about how digital things work? Come let us help you find the answer!

The Popular Services staff will offer digital tips and lunchtime demonstrations of the new devices and step-by-step instructions on how to download books, music and movies from the library's website. You can bring your own device or take a look at ours.

These lunchtime sessions will be held every Tuesday from 12:30pm until 1:30 p.m. in the Digital Commons, where the staff will be available to demonstrate, answer questions and troubleshoot.

6:00 p.m.

AAC logoThe Aspiring Writers Circle will meet once monthly on the second Tuesday of every month in the Digital Commons.

A place for peer support and networking for new and emerging writers, the Circle is open to Playwrights and Poets, Bloggers and Freelancers, Children’s authors and Graphic Novelists, Fiction and Nonfiction writers. 

Join us to take advantage of classes, resources and support offered by the Library to help you achieve your dream.

6:30 p.m.

Are you an artist, journalist, or do you simply have something you want to share with the world? Come learn the basics of blogging by exploring some of the most popular services and sites available. We will learn how to create and customize a blog using Tumblr and Blogger.

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, May 14, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Tour 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.

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 15, 2014

(All day)

pppComputer 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 digital.commons@dc.gov.ppp

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.

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. 

7:00 p.m.
3D file of Coffee Mug Holder for a Bike

Curious about what all the fuss is about 3-D printing?

Attend this class for an overview of the 3-D printing technology available, plus tips for how to download your own files and have them printed into physical objects here at the library!

In celebration of National Bike Month, we'll explore what you can 3-D print that relates to bicycles and have a special demo of how to create a coffee mug holder that attaches to bicycle handlebars.

Explore other National Bike Month events.

Friday, May 16, 2014

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, May 17, 2014

(All day)

asdfIntroduction to Computer Programming is designed to teach the basic skills needed to understand computer programming languages and to get started on the exciting path towards creating computer based content either for the PC, tablet or the Web!asdf

10:30 a.m.

Picture of Espresso Book MachineCome see the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) in action and receive information on where to find resources regarding formatting and self-publishing.

Please keep in mind that attendance is required to print your book.

Upcoming sessions can be found in the Library's online calendar.

Monday, May 19, 2014

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.

7:30 p.m.

Picture of Espresso Book MachineCome see the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) in action and receive information on where to find resources regarding formatting and self-publishing.

Please keep in mind that attendance is required to print your book.

Upcoming sessions can be found in the Library's online calendar.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Digital Drop-In logo.New Year, New Name, New Service!

Got an issue with technology?  Come let us troubleshoot. 

Want to download free books, music, movies and magazines to your device or computer? Come let us walk you through it.

Have a question about how digital things work? Come let us help you find the answer!

The Popular Services staff will offer digital tips and lunchtime demonstrations of the new devices and step-by-step instructions on how to download books, music and movies from the library's website. You can bring your own device or take a look at ours.

These lunchtime sessions will be held every Tuesday from 12:30pm until 1:30 p.m. in the Digital Commons, where the staff will be available to demonstrate, answer questions and troubleshoot.

6:00 p.m.

Digital preservation

Learn about digital preservation through the lens of personal archiving.

Patrons will find tips on how to protect your documents, what digital preservation is, and why it is important in this increasingly non-analog world. 
7:00 p.m.

Diagram of social mediaS.M.U.G., or Social Media Users Group, is open to all social media users - tweeters, bloggers and website developers. During this informal working session, users can drop into the Dream Lab for some digital collaboration and advice.

A Digital Commons staff member will be available to answer questions and offer assistance.  

For more information, contact Anne Ledford at anne.ledford@dc.gov.

Diagram by David Plourde. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

(All day)

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.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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 23, 2014

(All day)

Learn how to share and popularize your Web comics.

If you've ever wanted to post your comics online but didn't know where to start, this class is for you.

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, May 24, 2014

(All day)

Are you an artist, journalist, or do you simply have something you want to share with the world? Come learn the basics of blogging by exploring some of the most popular services and sites available. We will learn how to create and customize a blog using Tumblr and Blogger.

10:30 a.m.

This hands-on workshop will give people the first hand experience they need to start 3-D printing. Together, we will learn how to find, customized, and download an object for 3-D printing on the Web. People will also learn the basics of 3-D modeling and have the time to put those skills into practice.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend Introduction to 3-D Printing prior to the workshop. Image of 3-D modelling software

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