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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7:00 p.m.

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.

7:00 p.m.

The Return of George WashingtonEdward LarsonJoin DC Public Library in welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson who will speak on his forthcoming book,The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789 (to be released October 7, 2014). 

In this revolutionary new look at our First Citizen, Larson masterfully chronicles how George Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement four years after the Revolution to lead—and unite—the struggling new nation. Though the period between the Revolution and Presidency has previously been neglected in studies of Washington’s life, Larson’s startling reassessment shows that Washington’s greatness in fact rests on these years—1783 to 1789—during which he completed a remarkable journey that secured the future of the nation. From a contented post-military life at Mount Vernon and his agonizing decision to return to public service; to his indispensable, though still underappreciated, role in shaping the Constitution and securing its ratification; to his victory in the first federal elections and inauguration in New York.

Mr. Larson will speak on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in the Great Hall at 7 p.m.  Politics & Prose will be on site to sell copies of the book.  For further information, please contact Kari Mitchell at kari.mitchell@dc.gov.

This event is free and open to the public.  Let DC Public Library know you are coming by registering here.  (Tickets and registration are not required at the event)

7:00 p.m.

 Matthew Gilmore, author of Foggy Bottom and the West End will narrate the history of the neighborhood through a selection of representative images.

7:00 p.m.

The Mystery Thriller Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Conference Room, Lower Level.

The book selections for the next few months are:

October Joyland Joyland
by Stephen King
November Cuckoo's Calling Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith
December Iron House Iron House 
by John Hart


7:00 p.m.

book cover artThe Friends of Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library present:

Dan Pink, the bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind, speaks on his latest book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.

In To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Pink explores the power of selling, which we each do everyday — whether we know it or not. Pink's book will change how you see your world and transform what you do at work, school and at home.

There will be a book signing following the author talk. | Open to all.

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.

Namaste!

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7:30 p.m.

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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.
7:30 p.m.

"Book Cube 1" by Larry Wentzel;FlickrDo you like to be left scratching your head after finishing a book? Do you enjoy asking yourself, “What, exactly, did I just read?”

What Did I Just Read?! Book Club may be just what you’re looking for! Once a month, we’ll meet to discuss an innovative work of literature that avoids taking the straight path from A to B. These books sometimes start at B, or they skip B, or they never really leave A. Perhaps they just circle around point C. Whether thrilling, heartbreaking, terrifying, or goofy, What The?! seeks to explore and discuss the kinds of books that even other books think are weird. 

What The?! meets on the second Wednesday of the month at a bar or restaurant near Takoma Park Library beginning September 10. Email torin.jensen@dc.gov for questions or to RSVP for the next meeting.

Thursday, October 9, 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
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



10:00 a.m.

The DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities and community partners present the 2014 Mayor's Annual Disability Awareness Exposition.

This free event, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is for:

  • all D.C. residents with a disability
  • advocates
  • caregivers
  • providers

To:

  • share information and valuable resources
  • build new relationships
  • participate in fun, relaxing, and empowering activities.

This event will feature more than 30 public and private programs and service providers.


12:30 p.m.

Hello Internet! is a self-paced class that will help students learn and practice basic Internet skills through video, text, pictures, and interactive exercises.  Hello Internet! is part of a University of Maryland master's thesis and is being offered with the permission of the DC Public Library.  Students taking this class must sign a consent form stating that their participation is voluntary and that their identity will be kept anonymous.  If you have any questions or comments about Hello Internet!, please contact Steven Dodge at his email address sdodge@umd.edu.

Instructor: S. Dodge
Computer Lab, Room 311

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

You will learn:

  • The difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • How to get on the World Wide Web at the DC Public Library
  • What a hyperlink is and how to use hyperlinks
  • What an Internet browser is and how to use a browser
  • What a search engine is
  • How to search using a search engine
  • How to find information on websites
  • What an online form is
  • How to use an online form by filling out an example job application

This class can be attended on a walk-in bases.  No registration is required. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

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.


3:30 p.m.

Learn the basic features for creating a dynamic PowerPoint (slide show) presentation. This software is widely used in the workplace and in educational settings. 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 Word II Intermediate.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft PowerPoint window.
  • Create a simple slide presentation using the installed themes and design templates.
  • Identify and engage the three working panes of the PowerPoint environment.
  • Edit and customize each slide and insert SmartArt graphics and links.
  • Insert additional slides and delete unwanted slides.
  • Activate the slide show presentation.
  • Save the presentation as a slide show (.ppsx) and as a presentation (.pptx).

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

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 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
5:30 p.m.

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Tech Time is a drop-in clinic focused on mobile devices such as tablets, laptops and smart phones.

We're experts at downloading books, magazines, and music onto your devices.

This is the perfect opportunity to finally ask someone, "How do I  _______?" We'll even give you an answer!

We will be standing by 5:30-7:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday of each month to answer any questions you might have.

Photo: flickr.com/photos/melenita/

5:30 p.m.

Drop-in and learn about the library's variety of digital resource offerings. These offerings include tools for career and vocational development, digital downloads, language learning, research databases and test preparation.

Please bring your D.C. Public Library card to the clinic.

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

6:00 p.m.

Afterlife with Archie CoverWhen Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, he turns to the only person who can help bring back his furry best friend -- Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Using dark magic, Sabrina returns Hot Dog to the land of the living. But he's not the same ... and as the dead begin to rise, it's up to Archie, Betty, Veronica and the Gang to fight for their lives against the zombie hordes led by their former pal, Jughead!

Join us for a spooky book discussion of Afterlife with Archie!

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.

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6:30 p.m.

Rainie Photobook cover Join the District of Columbia Library Association as they host Lee Rainie, Director of Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, for a presentation on: "Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn't? A Special Typology."

Lee Rainie, former managing editor of the U.S. News and World Report and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, is an expert on the evolution of the internet as a tool for communication and its impact on families, communities, education, and civic and political life.

Attendance to this presentation is free and open to the general public.

6:30 p.m.
Managing Your Mind Image

Madelaine Weiss, LICSW, MBA, is coming to the Georgetown Neighborhood Library to present a workshop on well-being.

According to Madelaine, Myth No. 1 is that the only way to reduce stress is to do less. Not so, suggests the latest research on mindfulness and meditation.

Through this quick-start, compact training, you will learn a new mindset and gain a toolkit of surprisingly simple strategies to help you stay -- or become as productive as you ever want or need to be -- in a happier, healthier way.

To register, email Erika.Rydberg@dc.gov.

6:30 p.m.

Expand on your Microsoft Access skills by learning how to build queries, aggregate data using basic functions, rename fields, and create macros.   

Instructor: P. McFadden
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, Excel II Intermediate, Excel III Advanced and Access I Basics. Familiarity with the keyboard is also required.

You will learn to:

  • Import Data Methods by:
    • Importing data into a new table
    • Appending data to an existing table
    • Creating a linked data table
    •  Saving import steps
  • Perform Simple Queries by:
    • Identifying different query types (Select, Make Table, Append, Update, Crosstab, Delete)
    • Naming and saving queries
    • Sorting query results
    • Adding constraints (AND, OR, >, <, BETWEEN, Like)
  • Perform Advanced Queries by:
    • Aggregating data using basic functions (sum, count, average)
    • Creating custom calculations
    • Looking behind the scenes at the SQL

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

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 12: Beatles' First U.S. Show, Washington Coliseum, 50th Anniversary
Before they were on Ed Sullivan or anyplace else in the United States, the Beatles' first gig was at the Washington Coliseum (3rd & M streets NE) on Feb. 11, 1964. We'll screen the show in its entirety (spoiler alert: The Beatles kill it!) and have a conversation with those who were there firsthand... or wish they were!

Aug. 21:  Ft. Reno, A History
The legendary, free, summer concert series has a forty year history. We intend to some show concert footage, still photography and have first hand accounts from those onstage, backstage and in the audience. With organizer Amanda MacKaye and others.

Oct. 9: Hard Art, 1979 -- Behind the Book
This great book of Pulitzer Prize winner Lucian Perkins' photography (writing, Alec MacKaye, contribution by Henry Rollins) captures part of the birth of DC punk in a beautiful way. With the help of those who were there (details to follow) we'll attempt to make those images come to life through music, conversation and film clips.

Dec. 11: An Evening With Jeff Krulik, Music Documentary Filmmaker
A special evening with filmmaker Jeff Krulik. He's much more than the brilliant Heavy Metal Parking Lot-- although that'd be enough.

7:00 p.m.

In the second session of Dr. Phil Burnham's six-part monthly series we will discuss Kate Grenville's The Secret River.  Call 202-282-3072 or come to the Information Desk to register.  Books available for checkout.

7:45 p.m.

A photo of a green forestJoin us every second Thursday at 7:45 p.m. to discuss environmental books.

Friday, October 10, 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
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



10:00 a.m.

Job seekers

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


11:30 a.m.

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.

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.

2:30 p.m.

Join us for three free matinees about Baltimore.

Please contact megan.mcnitt@dc.gov for details.