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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7:30 p.m.

Screenshot of Audacity software
















Have 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, October 9, 2014

6:00 p.m.

picLearn the basics of some of the most popular 3-D modeling software programs. If you are interested in creating your own 3-D models to then have printed in the Digital Commons, this class is for you. 

The class will explore some of the free programs that are available for download and should soon be available on Digital Commons PCs.  

This introductory course will explore Sketchup Make and the Autodesk-hosted in-browser design program, TinkerCAD.pic

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. 

Friday, October 10, 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, October 11, 2014

3:00 p.m.

This session is canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

tumblr logoWhether you're a photographer, a digital painter, or use more traditional media, you've probably heard that Tumblr is the best way to build up an audience. This hour-long class will show you how to get started with the popular website, giving you a tour of the community as well as teaching you how to best use hashtags to find new fans.

Tuesday, October 14, 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.

Wednesday, October 15, 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, October 16, 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, October 17, 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, October 18, 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.


Monday, October 20, 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.

7:00 p.m.

Want to create a dynamic presentation on a different platform? Have you exhausted use of other presentation programs, like Microsoft PowerPoint? This workshop will show attendees how to begin using Prezi, a web- based program that allows the creation of dynamic presentations. We will work towards an end product with how-to steps along the way. By the end of the workshop, you will: 
 

  • Have a general sense of Prezi and its tools.
  • Develop an understanding of conveying information using a visual platform.

  • Determine the techniques that work for you when creating Prezi presentations.

    Please register here. A Laptop with WiFi access and a valid email address is required. 15 person capacity.

Prezi Logo

Tuesday, October 21, 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 22, 2014

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, October 23, 2014

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. 

Friday, October 24, 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.

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, October 25, 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.

Monday, October 27, 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, October 28, 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.

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.

Wednesday, October 29, 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.