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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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 anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov 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
Chukwumaa
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


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)

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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

Prerequisites:

  • 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

PRESENTER:

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 shelley.borysiewicz@dc.gov 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 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
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.

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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

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.

asdfIntroduction to Computer Programming is designed to teach the basic skills needed to understand computer programming languages and to get started on the exciting path towards creating computer based content either for the PC, Tablet or the Web!

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7:00 p.m.

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Curious to learn more about your family history? Stop by the library to learn about our online resources for performing family history research and learn a little more about your own history.

7:00 p.m.
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Flashband and the DC Public Library join forces for a special Banned Books Week presentation. “Flash Banned: Freedom Of Speech Showcase” is a multi-event showcase highlighting our freedom of speech, and humanity's natural disdain for censorship.

Musicians will be challenged to perform songs inspired by the concept of censorship and free speech. Each band will be given a 15-minute set, and will be asked to write at least one original song in the theme of the event. Three bands will have the opportunity to perform at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as a part of the Banned Books Week celebration. Click here to learn more.

7:30 p.m.

Twentythirtysomething Book Club Logo

Are you a local reader between the ages of 21 and 35? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join us for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a new book group for younger adults.


Our September selection, Chang-rae Lee's 2014 novel On Such a Full Sea, takes place in a future America in which cities have become labor colonies. Young heroine Fan works in the settlement that was once Baltimore, but she soon departs in search of the mans she loves. Will she find him? And what will she face along the way?

We will be meeting at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park.
 
For more information, check out our MeetUp page or email erika.rydberg@dc.gov or julia.strusienski@dc.gov.

Friday, September 26, 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



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.

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


10:30 a.m.

Image of keyboardAre you a history buff? Or do you just like to keep up with what's going on in the world every day? Do you regularly get into heated debates with your friends over the latest controversial issue? Well then, Step Into History, Current Events and Social Sciences Online Resources is the class for you! 

Meet us in Room 311 (third floor computer lab) for librarian-led instruction and hands-on practice with these valuable resources!

Contact Sarah Arnold at sarah.arnold@dc.gov with questions.

Required Skills: Basic computer skills and previous experience using a Web browser is preferable.

11:00 a.m.

Resume cartoonConfused about what to include on a resume? Well, come to the Resume Writing Workshop!
In this workshop, we will discuss different types of resumes, dos and don'ts of resume writing, action verbs, and resume templates.

For more information, contact TaChalla Ferris at 202-727-0321.

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.

12:00 p.m.

Photo of Sam PostWe are pleased to welcome back Sam Post, one of our favorite Brown Bag participants, to help us enjoy Classical Music Month.

Sam Post is a pianist, composer and teacher in Washington D.C. His first two albums — of his own compositions, and of the Goldberg Variations, by Bach, including lecture commentary and demonstrations — are now available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Spotify.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this classical music event in the Great Hall.