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.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Do you want to practice English? What would you like to talk about and learn?
Are you fascinated by history?
Are you intrigued by the lives of other people?
Want to spend some time reading entertaining books and talking to like-minded individuals?
If so, join us for the H&B (history and biography) book club, where we will be reading some of the more popular titles that deal with the world’s stimulating past events and people.
This month we will be discussing Amanda Ripley's intriguing look at education around the world in her new book The Smartest Kids in the World. In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed-ded in these countries for one year.
We hope you will join us on the second floor in Room 221 for an entertaining and enlightening discussion on this and other interesting works.
Do not bring: A computer.
Do bring: Every question you ever had about the Internet and web design.
What is a website, what does it do, what doesn’t it do, and how do you make one without using Wordpress, because that’s cheating? At the end of this class, you will be able to:
- Construct a complete webpage using only index cards;
- Condense “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” into HTML;
- Code from scratch a website that would have looked really cool in 1996;
Answer big questions, such as:
- What does every webpage have in common with Scarlett Johansson?
- Why is it totally reasonable to hate Internet Explorer?
- Why is the joke about the programmer who came home with a dozen loaves of bread funny?
If you want to learn how to make a beautiful, functioning website in five minutes, this isn’t the class for you. If you want to understand what’s going on behind the scenes when you change your relationship status on Facebook, and learn all you need to know to create everything from a homepage for your cat to the next Amazon.com, this is.
Want to learn more? Read the class report from a prior session.
This class is made possible thanks to our partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.
Please pre-register for this class over at the Knowledge Commons DC website.
The Audio Publishers Association presents AudioFile's Golden Voices Theatre, a reading of excerpts on a theme of "changing seasons" and featuring three audiobook superstars--Sean Runnette, Tavia Gilbert, and Robin Miles--and then a question-and-answer period (where you can ask all those burning audiobook questions) led by Michele Cobb, President of the Audio Publisher's Association
Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout system.
This class will be led by Library Associate and certified Zumba instructor, Christine.
No experience is necessary, but all participants must sign a waiver. Come comfortably dressed for moving.
Join the monthly History Book Club as we discuss The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer. This non-traditional look at early British history encourages the reader to think about what the minutiae of daily life was like for people during that time. The author draws a vivid picture of what people wore, ate and did during the fourteenth century. This social history largely draws on primary sources and so helps the reader to understand what the people of the time were thinking and feeling as well.
Skills-building workshops for those on the job market. Free & open to the public. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and registration.
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 email@example.com or call 202-727-0232 to set up an appointment at a more convenient time.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
This is a monthly workshop focused on helping job seekers.
Each month will feature different topics, such as resume clinics, online job searching, using social media in job searching, and other topics by special guest speakers.
Check our monthly calendar at the branch or call 202-576-7252 for more details.
The Georgetown Neighborhood Library is pleased to announce the beginning of a Monthly Poetry Reading Series on the first Thursday of every month.
We begin the series in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Two poets will be featured each month, including:
- Herb Guggenheim
- Fred Pollack
- Miles David Moore
- Luther Jett
- Daniel Orange
- Nancy Naomi Carlson
- Pam Winters
- Maritza Rivera
- Doritt Carroll
- Rocky Jones
- David Taylor Nielsen
- Rose Solari
- Mike Levin, and others
The Village Book Club meets every first Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Call or check the Palisades Library website for the book title.
The nine stories in Julie Orringer's How to Breath Underwater covers a variety of subjects from youth to adulthood. Full of sharp insights, these tales present hard-won wisdoms. For example, in the story The Isabel Fish, Maddy, the main character, must take a lesson in scuba diving, even though she dreads the lesson, in order to confront a past, tragic event, and heal from it. The characters of these stories metaphorically learn to breath underwater in order to grow and survive.
Join us for a discussion of some of these breathlessly poignant stories at 2:30 p.m. in Room 219.
Metro 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 metroteenaids.org or their teen-centered site realtalkdc.org.
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
In 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.
The DC Public Library and the Museum of Science Fiction present the first in a series of science fiction films hosted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Join us for a free film screening of an important milestone film in science fiction history. We will be joined by Greg Viggiano the Executive Director of the Museum of Science Fiction and a special guest speaker, C Alex Young.
C. Alex Young is a solar astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Associate Director for Science of its Helophysics Science Division. Young has shared his love of science through public lectures, television and radio interviews for NASA/TV and participating in several Discovery Channel, PBS, and BBC documentaries.
The Museum is also conducting a contest to guess the name of the film! Find clues over on their Facebook page.
Those who guess the film correctly will be entered into a raffle to win a DreamHost Kindle and a Singularity subscription.
Send your title guess to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get free tickets to the film at: mosf.eventbrite.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at Barnes & Noble, located at 12th and E Streets, NW. The monthly selection is listed on dclibrary.org/clevelandpark, or call 202-282-3072.
The first meeting of the new West End non-fiction book club. We will be reading In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.
A break-out session that allows those on the job market to network and develop strategies. Free & open to the public. Please direct questions to email@example.com.
Featured poets Doritt Carroll and Maritza Rivera will read at the monthly Thursday Night Poetry event. An open mic will follow. Please come early if you wish to read at the open mic.
Do you have something (or someone) that would make a great three dimensional model?
Friday, September 5, 2014
Looking for a job? Staff are available to assist with a variety of job search activities including:
- Resume review
- Creation of an email address
- Online applications
- Online job searches
Come one, come all to a casual resume drop-in clinic and hands-on introduction to DC Job Seekers, a one-stop portal to job seeking resources.
In this casual but informative workshop, patrons will learn the necessary steps in job seeking, from resume building to interview basics with online resources available completely free of charge through DC Public Library's homepage. Gain access to online tutorials, resume templates, and more with this visual walk-through of the DC Job Seekers website.
Need a change but don't know where to start? DC Job Seekers offers more than just resume building and links to job search engines. Use the Career Exploration Web Guide to find descriptions of vocational and technical careers, or use Career Zone to assess yourself and the job best suited for you.
Discover these job-seeking tools and more at the Francis A. Gregory Library. For those wishing to learn more but unable to stay, handouts with steps for accessing DC Public Library's Job Seekers info will be provided to take home.
For more information, please contact the Francis A. Gregory Library at 202-698-6373.
A few tips for those researching their family history:
- Always use a variety of resources - from local newspapers to census records, you never know what you may discover!
- Spread the word to your family members - you never know what stories or leads you may unearth!
- And don't give up - patience and diligence are your two best friends when doing genealogical research!
For more, meet us in Room 311 (third floor computer lab) for Step Into Genealogy Online Resources and gain hands-on experience with these valuable resources!
Contact Sarah Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Required Skills: Basic computer skills and previous experience using a Web browser is preferable.
In the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema theaters of Anacostia, such as the Carver Theater, the Anacostia Theater, the Naylor Theater, and the Congress Theater, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library proudly presents, H.O.P.E. Theater, Helping Our People Engage. Come enjoy select weekly movie matinees on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Afterwards, feel free to share your thoughts about the movie with other moviegoers and community members. We are building hope one movie at a time.
Do 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 email@example.com, or call 202-727-1175.
To ease your application process, it is requested that you have a working email address.
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