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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Icon for PhotoshopTour the Photoshop CS6 workspace, toolbars and panels while learning fun and easy ways to edit and enhance your photos. Crop, scale and rotate, apply color correction, and learn how to work with layers. Finally, test out these new skills on the iMac creative stations in Digital Commons.

7:00 p.m.

Poetry MosaicWhether you've been writing poetry since childhood or just started your hand at verse, you're welcome at the DC Poetry Workshop Group. We meet Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 220 to share our poems and provide constructive criticism of each others' work. We have contemporary poets of all stripes--from beginners to pros, from formal verse to experimental verse, and everything in between. We also occasionally have special events--lectures, workshops, and discussions of poets and poetry.

To participate, come with several copies of your poem to share with the group, and be ready to read your poem out loud.

For more information and to get on the e-mail list, please contact Emily Graves at emily.graves@dc.gov.

7:00 p.m.



The Remains of the Day book cover Please join the Southeast Book Club on the last Tuesday of each month for a fun and interesting discussion of the monthly book.

The August book is The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. 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 anne.ledford@dc.gov.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(All day)
lanternsThe Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is proud to partner with DC Public Library to bring “A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from July 26 to August 29, 2014.

The exhibition will focus on landscapes and traditional culture from the perspective of two of Taiwan’s top female photographers, Chang Hsiu-huang and Chang Yung-chieh. The different focuses of each photographer provide a captivating look at Taiwan’s landscape and local culture through the lens of female artists




Taiwan LogoToday's Taiwan
 
 

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 Monster.com 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.

11:00 a.m.

The Anacostia Neighborhood Library is proud to offer job readiness training by Mr. James Kendlin. The training will assist with all facets of workforce development, including resume assistance, interview skills, and general job readiness help. Mr. Kendlin has a great deal of experience in this field, and his knowledge and passion for assisting individuals in their job search is evident in the quality of his work. 

Mr. Kendlin will be at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library every Wednesday morning, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please call 202-715-7707 before coming to set up an appointment time.

11:30 a.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: 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 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.

2:00 p.m.

Book cover artJoin Caire Griffin and the Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group for an author talk and discussion on Nowhere To Run.

In Nowhere To RunCalvin, a senior and track star at a Washington, D.C., public high school, has gone to confront Norris, a thug who’s trying to extort protection money from Calvin’s mom. Confident that he can outrun Norris, he hasn’t given the potential outcome enough thought, a mistake Calvin often makes. He’s only saved from violence when his best friend, Deej, comes to his rescue. The deal Deej makes with Norris will come back to haunt Calvin: Norris now “owns” the runner’s knees. The threat is implicit—if Calvin doesn’t cooperate, Norris will destroy his running career. The deliberately ambiguous conclusion will leave engrossed readers weighing Calvin’s options and making their own hard decisions for him. Dialogue, situations, relationships and issues all ring pitch perfectly but ever so discouragingly true.

author photoThe Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group meets every last Wednesday of the month, except for November and December, at 2 p.m.. All welcome!

3:30 p.m.

Learn the basic terminology and navigational skills associated with surfing and searching the Internet via the World Wide Web. These skills can help you complete online job applications. 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 and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic elements and features of the Internet Explorer browser environment.
  • Navigate the Web using hyperlinks.
  • Explore the features and advantages of various search engines and directories.
  • Perform simple Web searches and explore various job search engines.
  • Copy and paste Web text and graphics to a Word document.

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

4:00 p.m.

Free nutrition classes with the University of the District of Columbia.

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.

6:15 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.

Join Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library and Martin Luther King Jr. 
microphoneMemorial Library for six nights of song this summer!

Whether you prefer to sing with a crowd or step up to the mic for
a solo, DCPL has your favorite movie musicals ready.

Shaw Presents
06/25: You’ll be laughing at the clouds with this rainy tune
07/23: A girl worth fighting for fights as a boy for China
08/27: Hop in a canoe and find out what’s around the river bend

MLK Presents
06/11: This fish-out-of- water wants to be part of your world
07/09: Two 1920s murderesses whose victims had it coming
08/13: A princess with an icy touch has to learn to let it go

All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for movie trivia and most spirited performance. Shows are free and open to all ages. We'll bring the popcorn.

Please call 202-727-0971 for film titles or more information. 
 


7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl. In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all. The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia- back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.

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 victor.benitez@dc.gov or visit http://www.meetup.com/youngprose.

7:00 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Fans of Harry Potter have created everything from handcrafts and artwork to websites and conventions. What happens, though, when those fans have advanced degrees and apply the questions of their academic disciplines to the story of the boy who lived? This workshop will explore scholarship on J.K. Rowling's best selling novels and investigate how academics in various disciplines have drawn upon the works as inspiration for their own writings.

Tolonda Henderson is a librarian at George Washington University. She has presented her work on the library at Hogwarts at several academic conferences and is currently researching Harry Potter and visual culture.

7:00 p.m.

Skills-building workshops for those on the job market. Free & open to the public. Please contact megan.mcnitt@dc.gov for details and registration.

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-book reader, tablet, smartphone, or MP3 player?

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 georgetownlibrary@dc.gov 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

Thursday, August 28, 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)
lanternsThe Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is proud to partner with DC Public Library to bring “A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from July 26 to August 29, 2014.

The exhibition will focus on landscapes and traditional culture from the perspective of two of Taiwan’s top female photographers, Chang Hsiu-huang and Chang Yung-chieh. The different focuses of each photographer provide a captivating look at Taiwan’s landscape and local culture through the lens of female artists




Taiwan LogoToday's Taiwan
 
 

11:30 a.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.

How to Create a Facebook Business Page is sponsored in partnership with Constant Contact, Inc. and is a three-hour workshop that will walk you through how to create a Facebook Business Profile.  The workshop will cover such topics as Timeline covers and profile pictures, managing settings, creating and managing posts, and so much more.

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: Romona Foster 
Computer Lab, Room 311

At the end of this three-hour workshop, you will:

  • Have created a Facebook business page
  • Be able to add great content to your page, i.e. photos, videos & blog posts
  • Know why the Newsfeed is so important for your business
  • Know how to get new and exciting customers to interact with your brand
  • Be able to add Facebook pages for business to your social media portfolio

 
About your 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).

4:30 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.

credit - flickr.com/photos/melenita/

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/

6:00 p.m.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 logoIn this workshop, we will take our basic knowledge of the tools and tricks of Illustrator CS6 in order to build more complex vector shapes, learn about layers, fills and strokes, and explore open source alternative vector graphic programs.  

 
 



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.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. StedmanJoin us on Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss August's book club selection, The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

After four years on the Western Front in World War I, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island many miles from the coast, with supply boats arriving only once a season. After years of isolation on the island with his wife Isabel, and several miscarriages, one night a baby's cry is heard. To Tom's terror and Isabel's delight, they find a boat washed ashore carrying a crying baby and a dead man. Despite Tom's reluctance, Isabel convinces the baby is a gift from God, and the couple take the baby home and name her Lucy. When Lucy is just two-years-old, they all return to the mainland, and Isabel and Tom are once more reminded of what they left behind before and since leaving their isolated island.

Pick up a copy today and discover this New York Times bestseller that O magazine calls “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page.”
 
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.