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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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.
7:00 p.m.

I Read Banned ComicsNational Banned Book Week focuses this year on comics and graphic novels, shining a light on this often misunderstood form of storytelling and celebrating the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life.

Join us in focusing on freedom of information and expression by bringing your favorite graphic novel or comic and sharing a little bit about why you like it with others.  Come and hear about what others love and why.  We'll also have some great suggestions for those who are just curious about the popular genre and those who are veteran readers.

7:00 p.m.

Energize DCThe DC Public Library and Pepco are working together this summer to present classes  at your local library about energy management. As part of this program, our library branches will be holding educational classes designed to help you take control of your energy use. You will learn how to use Pepco’s online energy management tools and create personalized energy management plans. You’ll also learn simple and helpful ideas to help you save money and energy in your home. Click here to view the schedule of these energy education classes.

As part of Energize DC, our local libraries will also be distributing children’s activity pages and fun giveaways as part of the Summer Reading Series. Ask your local library how to get copies. Learn more about Energize DC at

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.

The Young Prose Book Meetup is a casual and friendly book Meetup for young professionals in DC between the ages of 21 and 35 who like discussing books and drinking beer! We usually meet on the last Wednesday evening of each month at Kitty O'Sheas DC in Tenleytown. Please RSVP to or visit

7:00 p.m.

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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.

7:00 p.m.


Join our Adult and Teen Zombie Book Club each month to discuss zombie-related books & prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

Bring your books and your brains...! Don’t worry, we’ll provide the snacks!

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Adult Read:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life!

Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Copies are available at the reference desk.
Ages 20 and older.
Z Teen Read:
by Michael Thomas Ford

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

Copies are available at the reference desk.
Ages 13-19.

7:00 p.m.

Image of book cover for "Nixon's Darkest Secrets" by Don FolsomLong-time Washington journalist Don Fulsom will mark the 40th anniversary (approximately) of Nixon's Aug. 9, 1974 resignation from office with a chat at the library.

Head shot of Washington journalist and author Don Fulsom
Fulsom was a White House correspondent during the Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton presidencies; UPI bureau chief in Washington for seven years; and author of Nixon's Darkest Secrets: The Inside Story of America's Most Troubled President.

7:15 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

7:15 p.m.

Free yoga continues at Southwest Library, but on a new day, new time, and with new Yoga Activist instructor Sandra Flores. As always, all fitness levels are welcome, and mats are provided. For ages 13 and older.


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7:30 p.m.

We know that downloading library e-books and audiobooks can be confusing, even for the tech-savvy among us. That is why we offer personalized assistance on a drop-in basis.

Need help checking out digital materials, downloading them, or transferring library media to your e-reader, tablet, or smartphone?

Stop by the Georgetown Neighborhood Library on Wednesday evenings, and we'll get you sorted out. Bring your device and your library card with you.

Also, bring your laptop if you need help downloading onto a Nook or an MP3 player that is not also a smartphone.

Can't make it on Wednesday evenings? Email or call 202-727-0232 to set up an appointment at a more convenient time.

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

7:30 p.m.

Fun Home cover imageThis year, national Banned Books week will be focused on the freedom to read comic books and graphic novels. Celebrate the value of these misunderstood forms of storytelling as we discuss Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.  This graphic novel with GLBT themes was challenged in two different communities' libraries for obscenity.  We will be talking about the challenges to the book as well as how and why other comics and graphic novels are censored.
Copies of Fun Home are available for checkout at the Petworth Library.  Also, please feel free to bring your favorite comic or graphic novel and share why you love it.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

(All day)

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month in the main-floor meeting room.

We alternate between fiction and nonfiction each month.

For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at or call 202-671-3122.

(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.

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12:00 p.m.

Learn to use the basic features of Web-based email and the significant function of attaching a document, such as your résumé, to your email transmission. The job search process requires that you have an established email account. 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 and Web I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic feature and elements of a Web-based email environment
  • Read, send, forward and reply to email messages
  • Apply formatting features to email transmissions
  • Attach documents and graphics to an email transmission
  • Activate email options, e.g. signature, vacation responses and more
  • Create folders and insert email addresses into an address book
  • Create Group / Distribution Lists
  • Use appropriate email etiquette
  • Identify email abuse

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

1:00 p.m.

resumesStop by the library in person or call 202-724-4298 to schedule an appointment 1-7 p.m.

Help with resumes, cover letters, application forms, and other aspects of the job search process.

2:00 p.m.

Feature Film:  The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996).  R rating.  129 mins.  "If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, then it'll protect all of you -- 'cause I'm the worst," declares Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt in the midst of one of his many court cases.  Milo Forman's film follows Larry Flynt from his childhood in Kentucky, where he made extra money for his dirt-poor family by selling the moonshine his father brewed, into adulthood as he manages a strip club in Cincinnati.  Starring:  Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, James Cromwell, Crispin Glover, and James Carville.  Directed by Milo Forman.  Author, Mark Deming.



2:30 p.m.

"Get LinkedIn!: How to Get Connected with LinkedIn" is sponsored in partnership with Constant Contact, Inc. and is a workshop that will introduce and connect you to the professional networking tool that provides the perfect opportunity for business owners, nonprofits and job seekers to build professional relationships and establish successful and fulfilling careers.  No social media experience required. (2.5 hours)

Register Now

Registration is limited to 36 participants and workstations will be assigned to registered participants first. Walk-in participants are welcome and all participants can feel free to bring their tablets or laptops.

Instructor: R. Foster (see brief description of credentials below)
Computer Lab, Room 311

We'll start from the beginning and discuss:

  • What LinkedIn is and why you should use it
  • How to create a great personal profile
  • How you can use it to build the relationships that are key to your success
  • Tips and techniques for LinkedIn best practices
  • LinkedIn tools and applications

At the end of this three-hour workshop you will be able to:

  • Update and manage your LinkedIn profile
  • Connect with your colleagues, prospects and recruiters
  • Use LinkedIn tools and applications
  • Add LinkedIn to your social media portfolio


  • Basic internet knowledge is required;
  • You must have a working email address, and know the password to get in it
  • Optional: Please bring your head shot on a USB flash drive


Romona Foster is a social media trainer and consultant. She trains groups and individuals on how to use LinkedIn, how to market on Facebook, all about Twitter, Email Marketing, Pinterest, Google +, and Microsoft Office. She has conducted workshops for several organizations including “Discover the Power of Twitter Tweet-A-Thon Style” for Social Media Week 2013, Washington, DC and “Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn: Personal Branding for Sales Professionals” for the National Sales Network DC-Baltimore chapter. Romona has also served as a guest panelist for the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference 2013 “Reach & Sell to the Hispanic Market” and National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Inc. Washington DC Chapter’s 2012 Pre-Conference Career Expo: “Using Social Media Networking to Advance Your Career” and “Branding: What Sets You Apart From Other Job Seekers?”. She has been featured on WEAA 88.9 FM’s Briefcase Workshop Radio program and has recorded five radio promos on Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s WASH-FM (97.1) for Constant Contact. Romona is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, certified Social Media Marketing Presenter, Email Marketing Trainer, and an accredited Constant Contact Solution Provider; and a two-time recipient of the Constant Contact ALL STAR Award (2012 & 2013).

4:00 p.m.

librarianTeachers, homeschool educators, and school librarians lend us your ears! Make the most of the upcoming academic year by joining for an open house to learn more about:

  • Educational databases
  • Educator cards 
  • Class visits
  • And more.     

There will be door prizes and light refreshments served. RSVP by Sept. 23 to or (202) 727-1449.

4:30 p.m.

Metro Teen AIDSMetro TeenAIDS (MTA) provides free, quick, and confidential HIV/STI testing every month in the parking lot of the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library. Individuals, ages 13-24, will receive sexual health information and materials, and may get referrals to counseling services.

Join MTA inside Benning the third Thursday of each month, 4:30-7:30 p.m. For more information about Metro TeenAIDS, visit or their teen-centered site

If the third Thursday of each month doesn't work for your schedule, try another day of the week! MTA provides HIV/STI testing at three other Library locations through December 2014.

  • Anacostia - second Tuesday of each month
  • Bellevue - fourth Monday of each month
  • Parklands-Turner - first Wednesday of each month
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.  


6:00 p.m.

Tea SwapPlease join us for the Shaw Library tea swap. Bring along teas from your own stash to share with the group. Light refreshments and tea samples will be available, so stop by Conference Room 2 on the 2nd Floor to share your favorite teas!

6:15 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. Also take the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing class as a perfect complement to PC Basics. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: J. Gregory
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

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.
  • Open and exit software programs.
  • Identify and navigate the Windows environment of Microsoft software applications.
  • Create and save a document to the desktop or to a flash drive.

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

6:30 p.m.

Are you thinking of starting your own business?  Don't know how to begin?

Come to this free 2-hour seminar by the DC Small Business Development Center.  This workshop will give you an overview of the thought process that goes into the development of a business plan and a discussion of the reasons why. 

Please pre-register with DCSBDC to attend this program

This program is made possible through our partnership with the DC Small Business Development Center at Howard University.


6:30 p.m.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen OyeyemiIn the winter of 1953, Boy Novak moves to a small Massachusetts town and marries a widower, becoming stepmother to his captivating daughter, Snow Whitman. When Boy gives birth to a baby girl named Bird, born dark-skinned, and the Whitmans are exposed as light-skinned African-Americans passing as white, Boy struggles to come to terms with the society's -and her own- aesthetic obsession.

Join us as we discuss this reimagining of the classic fairy tale Snow White and what New York Times Book Review describes as “gloriously unsettling… evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel García Márquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson."

The Francis A. Gregory Adult Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Copies are available for check-out.

For more information, please call 202-698-6373.

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. 

6:30 p.m.

movieCome watch Thursday night movies at West End! 

In September we will celebrate the work of Robin Williams by showing three different films he starred in Thursday, Sept. 11th, 18th, and 25th at 6:30 PM