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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

7:30 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, September 17, 2014

6:00 p.m.

dancing banana gifHave you been wishing you could make awesome animated GIFs just like they do on Buzzfeed? Well, wonder no more! This hour-long class will show you how to create your very own GIFs using Photoshop CS6 and copyright-free video.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend "Introduction to Photoshop" before taking this class.

7:30 p.m.

Photo of 3D print of MLK bust3-D printing is an exciting technology that has the potential to revolutionize numerous fields.

This hour-long introduction will seek to answer commons questions:

  • What is 3-D printing?
  • How does it work?
  • How do you get started 3-D printing at the Digital Commons? 

Explore the underlying processes and technology, survey some of the 3-D modeling and design software freely available for creating objects, discover valuable resources for 3-D printing on the Web, and review the 3-D printing capability available to the public in the Digital Commons.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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.

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. 

7:30 p.m.

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

Friday, September 19, 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.

1:00 p.m.

cartoonConfused 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.

For more information, contact TaChalla Ferris at 202-727-0321.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Image 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.

2:00 p.m.
Lynda Lounge logo.

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 lynda.com.  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



DCPL Logo. Lynda.com Logo.


4:30 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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

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.

Tuesday, September 23, 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.

8:00 p.m.

Fingers typing on a laptopThis is a drop-in clinic for those wanting to work on and troubleshoot your own WordPress blog or website.

This is an hour-long session for those seeking assistance and guidance for WordPress related questions.  This clinic is informal, collaborative working session, not a class. 

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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Screen shot of iRig Recorder
Did you know that you can record fantastic music, podcasts, and other audio performances on the go? Learn how to make high quality music and audio recordings with your iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android with a free App available through your App Store!
With iRig Recorder, you can now take your studio wherever life takes you.  All for free!  


In the class you will learn:  

  • How to select a digital mic for your mobile device
  • Use of its 8 processors to optimize your recordings
  • Organize your recordings by creation date and tags
  • Transfer files via e-mail
  • Easy upload to SoundCloud
  • Saving for later use audio editing software
  • Export files as compressed m4a  
  • How to control settings of the app input, latency, and real-time monitoring

For more information, contact the Digital Commons staff at 727-1175.

7:30 p.m.

3d print braceletIn this class, you will learn how to design your own bracelet using TinkerCAD. Later, you can submit your  designs to have them printed on our 3-D printer!

















Pictured: Beautiful Chunky Bracelet, by aubenc

Thursday, September 25, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 logoIn this workshop, we will take our basic knowledge and apply some tools and tricks in Illustrator CS6 in order to build Infographics and visually represent data.  

 
 



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.

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!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Resume cartoonConfused 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.

For more information, contact TaChalla Ferris at 202-727-0321.

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.

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, September 27, 2014

10:00 a.m.

3-D printing is an exciting technology that has the potential to revolutionize numerous fields. Photo of 3D print of MLK bust
This hour-long introduction will seek to answer commons questions:

  • What is 3-D printing?
  • How does it work?
  • How do you get started 3-D printing at the Digital Commons? 

Together, we will explore the underlying processes and technology, survey some of the 3-D modeling and design software freely available for creating objects, discover valuable resources for 3-D printing on the Web, and review the 3-D printing capability available to the public in the Digital Commons.

11:30 a.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.

3:30 p.m.

Logo for Mail ChimpAre you a small business that needs a polished professional way to send important messages to your customers? Are you an artist looking to bring your next project to a wider audience? Or maybe you just want impress guests with your next dinner party invite. Whatever you hope to communicate with your next email, we can help you make it clear, creative and CAPTIVATING.

Attend DCPL's "Better Living Through Email" instructional program to learn the best practices for using Mailchimp, a powerful mass mailing tool that can get your message across the right way.


This class will cover…

  • Concept and purpose behind mass email
  •  Why and when to use Mailchimp… or any other mass email tool
  •  Creating a campaign
  •   Designing an email
  •   Design strategies and content best practices
  •   Creating and accessing mail templates
  •   Adding an email list
  •   Emailing rules opt-in\opt-out
  •   Spamming
  •   Scheduling an email
  •   Strategies and best practices

Monday, September 29, 2014

6:30 p.m.

KCDC Logo

Learn to self-publish your own zine or minicomic entirely on a photocopier. We'll start by looking at some particularly innovative examples. Then we'll talk about techniques to create and mass-produce little booklets, and how to go from art or text all the way to a finished product. In groups, we'll assemble a class zine and you'll leave with your own copy.

Bring a page or two of whatever you'd like to add to the class zine: something from your sketchbook, a magazine clipping, a banana, whatever!

Look for us in the Digital Commons Dream Lab.

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


Tuesday, September 30, 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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

4:30 p.m.

Google drive logo

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.

7:30 p.m.

Photo of 3D print of MLK bust3-D printing is an exciting technology that has the potential to revolutionize numerous fields.

This hour-long introduction will seek to answer commons questions:

  • What is 3-D printing?
  • How does it work?
  • How do you get started 3-D printing at the Digital Commons? 

Explore the underlying processes and technology, survey some of the 3-D modeling and design software freely available for creating objects, discover valuable resources for 3-D printing on the Web, and review the 3-D printing capability available to the public in the Digital Commons.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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.