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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

12:00 p.m.

Bring a mat and join Heather Ferris, yoga teacher/therapist & Shaw resident, for traditional yoga classes. Many aspects will be covered:

• Asana
• Meditation
• Breathing
• Omkar chanting and much more

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.

12:30 p.m.

Yoga in DC

Take an Om Break at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Join the Georgetown Neighborhood Library for a variety of yoga classes taught by teachers from Yoga Activist. The Georgetown Neighborhood Library is registering RSVPs for all September classes.

To RSVP for any or all classes send Erika Rydberg an email with the class(es) you're interested in registering for. The first 30 RSVPs will be registered and the remaining RSVPs will be placed on a waiting list. Please RSVP to

12:30 p.m.

Image of book cover for "Tropic of Cancer"Discussion of Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, in observance of Banned Books Week (September 20-27).  Copies are available at the branch.

1:00 p.m.

Learn to find and assess quality online health information. This class will be 2.5 hours. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructors: A. Muhammad, PIA International, Inc.
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Web I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate medical websites.
  • Evaluate medical websites for updates and active links.
  • Research personal health issues.
  • Make informed health decisions based on information retrieved from credible health websites.

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health and the D.C. Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration. Presented by the Project for Intermediate Advocates.

Bring your own flash drive to save class documents, or send them to your email account.

1:30 p.m.
For those who need to come into the world of computers, this is the class for you. Overcome your fears and gain the skills that can get you ready for the workplace. Seats are filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: O. Fontem
Venue: Bellevue Library's Main Meeting Room

You will learn to:

  • Identify basic computer components and operating system features.
  • Execute basic mouse techniques.
  • Perform basic keyboard strokes and functions.
  • Identify and navigate the features of the desktop, Internet, email and job applications.
  • Open and exit software programs.
  • Identify and navigate the Windows and internet environments of Microsoft and Firefox software applications.
  • Create and save a document, resume or job application to the desktop, to a flash drive or submit to employer.

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

This class holds weekly on Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm in Meeting Room B.

1:30 p.m.

Jobseekers ImageDrop in for one-on-one support with basic online job search activities:

  • Create an email account
  • Start, revise, save, and upload a resume
  • Save a profile on job searching websites
  • Work on an online application

Computers will be reserved for job-searching activities on a first-come, first served basis.  You will be asked a few questions to help us meet your needs.  Time limits will apply.

2:00 p.m.

Confused about how to download books and media to your e-Reader? 

Come to our e-Reader Drop-In Clinic, Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Bring your fully charged iPads, Kindles, Nooks, tablets, smart phones or laptops and cords! You will also need your library card.

Don't have a library card? Don't worry, it will only take a couple minutes to sign up!

2:00 p.m.

Feature Film:  1984 (1984). R rating.  113 mins.  Nineteen Eighty-Four is the second film adaptation of the George Orwell novel.  The film is set during April of 1984 in post-atomic war London, the capital city of the repressive totalitarian state of Oceania.  Winston Smith is a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence.  Starring:  John Hurt, Richard Burton (in his last public appearance), Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cuzack, Gregor Fisher, and James Walker.  Directed by Michael Radford.

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

6:30 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.

Panelists will discuss the highlights and challenges of the history of Shaw neighborhood, contemporary issues such as gentrification and affordable housing and finally they will address the possible directions in which this historic community may be headed.

Dr. Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University, Atlantic, African American, Washington, DC, and Jazz History


  • Blair Ruble: Author of Washington’s U Street: A Biography
  • Reverend Sandra Butler-Truesdale: Long-time community advocate, educator, founder of DC Legendary Musicians
  • Dr. Bernard Demczuk, Official Historian of Ben’s Chili Bowl, George Washington University
6:30 p.m.

Join us for three days of films in our Banned Books Film Series. Every film is inspired by a banned book and starts at 6:30.

Sept. 22
James book cover
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach (PG)
Sept. 23
Push book cover
Sapphire's Push (R)
Sept. 25 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (R)

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.

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

Wednesday, September 24, 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

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars

10:00 a.m.

English Conversation Classes resume after a brief Summer hiatus.  Experienced and qualified volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center (Formerly Language ETC) will facilitate these popular classes offered twice a week - on Mondays and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  There will be a two-week break and classes will resume on September 8 and will conclude on December 10, 2014.

For more information please contact the Washington English Center at 202-387-2222

11:00 a.m.

Picture of help wanted sign

The Job Seekers Clinic at Shepherd Park Library meets on Wednesdays, once a week, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The clinic provides hands-on support for basic activities in an online job search:

  • Create an email account
  • Create a account
  • Create and save a sample job search
  • Start a resume
  • Work on an online application

For more information, call the Shepherd Park Library, (202) 541-6100.

2:00 p.m.

Feature Film:  The Insider (1999).  R rating.  158 mins.  The Insider tells the true story of a man who decided to tell the world what the seven major tobacco companies knew (and concealed) about the dangers of their product.  Starring:  Al Pacino and Russell Crowe.  Also featuring:  Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, and Lindsay Crouse.  Directed by Michael Mann.  Author, Andrea LeVasseur.  

2:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group to discuss Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter.

Pale Horse, Pale Rider contains three short novels, - "Old Mortality," a story of race tracks, of the Deep South, of the survival and shattering of a family legend; "Noon Wine," Texas and a dairy farm rescued from decay by a man who turns out to be an escaped lunatic from Dakota and of the tragedy that ended it all; "Pale Horse, Pale Rider,"a mystical story of the narrow ledge between life and death, set at the time of the flu epidemic. Stories full of simplicity, beauty, clarity, distinction and a sense of drama implicit in character and circumstance, mark Katherine Anne Porter's work.

The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group meets every last Wednesday of the month, except for November and December. All welcome!

3:30 p.m.

back to schoolJoin us for activities for the whole family as we celebrate Back to School for All Ages. Participants will  enjoy database demos, college resource information, suggested reading lists, fun educational games and other activities
Best Ages 6-and up.

3:30 p.m.

Learn more features of this spreadsheet software that can help you further your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: H. White
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 Excel I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Manage the screen view and navigate multiple worksheets in a workbook.
  • Construct 3-D formulas, using the Consolidate feature, and execute the Paste Special function.
  • Engage and perform the Auto Outline, Data Validation and AutoFilter features.
  • Apply the stylized Conditional Formatting feature to spreadsheet data.
  • Protect worksheet/workbook environment.

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

5:30 p.m.

KCDC LogoDigital information, which is stored using series of ones and zeros, is extremely fragile. All of our valued and important digital files — whether these are photographs, text documents, or videos — are at risk of becoming inaccessible within relatively short periods of time. In contrast to paper-based documents, which can be left alone and preserved for very long periods, digital information requires constant attention and intervention to be kept accessible.

Come to this class if you’re worried about how your personal digital archives can be preserved. Bring your laptops or old floppy disks if you want. We’ll help you develop strategies for making those ones and zeros last, at least for a bit.

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

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

Find the class in room A-3.

6:00 p.m.

Do you want to practice English? What would you like to talk about and learn?

Come to our free English Conversation Circles, where you can practice your English with others in a casual environment. They are held in a lower level conference room.

6:00 p.m.

Azar NafisiCome join us in the Great Hall for a rousing celebration of Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read! The Birmingham Jail Players, a lively group of DCPL employees, recite excerpts from their favorite challenged authors. Hear the words of such authors as Kurt Vonnegut, Judy Blume, Jeannette Walls, Toni Morrison, Mildred Taylor, and many more. They will be joined by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran known for her outspoken defense of the Freedom to Read and the power of literature to change the world.

6:15 p.m.

Learn to calculate, research and display table data using Excel formulas. 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, Excel I Basics and Excel II Intermediate.

You will learn to:

  • Calculate using the following formulas: SUMIF, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIF, AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIF, COUNTIFS.
  • Research table data using the VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP formulas.
  • Organize table data using PivotTables and PivotCharts.
  • Trace precedents, show formulas, and apply the Watch Window feature.

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

6:30 p.m.

Worried about keeping your job while pregnant? Paid less than male co-workers?  Sexually harassed?
Come to Room 220 for a free presentation by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and the Equal Rights Center to learn more about your rights in the workplace. 
Residency not required. Se proveerá traducción en inglés y español.

Questions or need a reasonable accommodation?
Contact Sabrina Lee at 202-319-1000 x 124 or Sarah Pauly at (202) 234-3062.
This program is made possible through our partnership with the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

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6:30 p.m.
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Worried about keeping your job while pregnant? Paid less than male co-workers? Sexually harassed?

Come to a free presentation by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and the Equal Rights Center to learn more about your rights in the workplace.

Residency not required. Se proveerá traducción en inglés y español.

Questions or need a reasonable accommodation?
Contact Ada Lynn at (202) 319-1000 ext. 124 or Sarah Pauly at (202) 234-3062.