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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Dan BradyMichael GushueChloe MillerPoets Dan Brady, Michael Gushue, and Chloe Miller will read selections from their recent chapbooks.

Dan Brady is the author of Cabin Fever/Fossil Record and Leroy Sequences. Michael Gushue will be reading selections from Pachinko Mouth. Chloe Miller will be reading from Unrest.

After this evening's readings, there will be an audience Q&A period followed by meet-and-greet with the poets.

7:00 p.m.

Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will teach workshops on job seeking skills.

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.

pppComputer languages are here at the Digital Commons!

Python is a simple computer language that is fast and easy to learn. Participants will build simple functional Python programs with guided instruction.

Supplies are limited, so please register by calling 202-727-1175 or email digital.commons@dc.gov.ppp

7:30 p.m.

Yoga at Your Library is a beginner-level yoga class for adults and teens brought to you courtesy of Yoga Activist.

No experience is required. The class is free.

You can bring your own mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

(All day)

ChessAre you interested in playing Chess?

We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!

For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Email troy.bent@dc.gov for more information or call 202-727-0321.

(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)

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)

poem in your pocket logoPick a poem that moves you. Pick a poem that amuses you. Pick a poem that confuses you. Put it in your pocket and see how it changes your day.

From the Academy of American Poets:

"On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Poems from pockets are unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores."

So come to any floor of the library to get a poem, or bring your poem of choice to share with us and each other.

1:00 p.m.

Learn how to create an email account, search the Internet, use library online services and more.

No previous experience required.

Every Thursday until 3 p.m.

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.


1:00 p.m.

ByteBack LogoThis series introduces basic office programs used to create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations.  
 
Week 1: Intro to Microsoft Word
Week 2: Intro to Microsoft Excel
Week 3: Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint
Week 4: Intro to Google Drive

For all workshops, students can sign up by either registering ahead of time with Byte Back (202-529-3395) or by showing up at the workshop the day it is scheduled. Registration is first come, first served.

Students who register ahead of time will have a saved spot in the workshop that expires at the start of the class. If a registered student is not in their seat at the start of the class, they may lose their spot to a walk-in student.  

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with ByteBack.

2:30 p.m.

"Simple Strategies for Success with Email Marketing" is sponsored in partnership with Constant Contact, Inc. and is a 2.5-hour workshop in which you will learn to build the relationships that are key to your business success with easy, inexpensive and highly effective email marketing~!

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.

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

In this seminar, we will provide tips to increase your email deliverability and open rates, write good headlines and content, and perhaps most importantly, strategies for getting and keeping high quality prospects, customers and members.

Topics include:

  • Become a trusted email sender in the eyes of your prospects, customers, and members;
  • Build your list! How to find and keep email list subscribers, offline, online and especially via social media;
  • Get your sent emails opened and read;
  • Turn your readers into more frequent buyers/visitors/donors;
  • Target your communications -- how to get the right message to the right people at the right time;
  • Use email communications to improve customer/member loyalty; and
  • Enhance your email marketing with social media marketing - even if you don't have a social media presence!


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).

3:00 p.m.

In celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day, Palisades Branch will host a night of poetry reading for all ages, where members of the audience become the readers!
Poem in Your Pocket Day!
The schedule is as follows: 

Want to read a poem to the group? Just sign up at the downstairs Reference Desk, and we'll give you a time slot.  Readers of all ages are welcome. All participants who read a poem aloud will receive a small prize.

Select poems submitted by the public will also be read and displayed throughout the evening.

Light refreshments will be served.

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
4:30 p.m.

ByteBack LogoStudents learn Microsoft Excel 2010, as well as job readiness skills. This two-hour class meets twice a week for four weeks.  PLEASE NOTE: There will be a break around the Emancipation Day holiday.

Prerequisite: PC for Beginners 1 and 2 or successful completion of placement test. Pre-registration is required.

To register for classes, please call Byte Back at (202) 529-3395 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

When registration is closed, you may contact Byte Back to join our calling list. ByteBack will call all interested students next time registration begins.  

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with ByteBack.

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/

5:30 p.m.

ByteBack logoCareer Advancement Workshops
 
These days, using the computer is essential to look for and apply to jobs.  Learn to use technology to search and apply for jobs and to use the DC Networks system.
 
Week 1: Online Job Searching
Week 2: Online Job Applications
Week 3: DC Networks
Week 4: Online Job Searching

For all workshops, students can sign up by either registering ahead of time with Byte Back (202-529-3395) or by showing up at the workshop the day it is scheduled.  Registration is first come, first served.

Students who register ahead of time will have a saved spot in the workshop that expires at the start of the class. If a registered student is not in their seat at the start of the class, they may lose their spot to a walk-in student.  

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with ByteBack.

5:30 p.m.

Exterior of MLK LibraryThe Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will have a major renovation to meet the needs of D.C. residents.
Come share your ideas about what services, spaces and technology you would like to see in a new central library.  

5:30 p.m. – Welcome and Architect Presentation
6-8 p.m. – Roundtable Discussions



Topics will include:

  • Children's Services
  • Teen Services
  • Adult Services
  • Technology/Innovation
  • Local D.C. History/Special Collections
  • Services to People with Disabilities
  • Cultural & Community Spaces
  • Mixed Use/Shared Spaces

All topics will be discussed in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

Participate live online at dclibrary.org/mlkfuture.
 
For more info on the renovation, visit dclibrary.org/mlkfuture

Great Hall

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.  

 
 



6:00 p.m.

Strange MattersPlease join us on Tuesdays at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw library for our Strange Matters discussion group.

This group will be an open forum for attendees to share stories off the beaten path. We will also discuss excerpts from books in the DC Public Library system that deal with ghosts, UFO and extraterrestrial-related phenomena, cryptozoology, strange disappearances, conspiracy theories and other topics of the paranormal.

Please come prepared each week with a story to share, or an excerpt from a book to discuss.

6:00 p.m.

Explore the many document creation possibilities of this powerful desktop publishing software. Microsoft Publisher 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, Word II Intermediate and PowerPoint

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Publisher window
  • Explore a variety of templates and their document creation requirements
  • Create a calendar, a greeting card, business cards and letterhead using the installed design templates
  • Format and link text boxes; insert WordArt and other graphics
  • Insert grid and ruler guides; manipulate margin settings
  • Insert additional pages and delete unwanted pages
  • Import a Word document into one of Publisher's stylized formats

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

6:00 p.m.

Logo For Poem in Your PocketAttention all Poetry loving adults!

Come celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Night: Bring your favorite poem/or a poem you have written to read to the group. Just sign up at the downstairs Reference Desk.

A small prize will be given to all readers.

6:00 p.m.

Open MicCome celebrate National Poetry month with the library at our Open Mic Night!

Perform your own original poetry pieces or borrow one from your favorite poet!

The sign-up sheet and rules will be posted for all who want to participate.

Ages 12 and older.

6:30 p.m.

Develop your mind, body and spirit to its fullest potential with Yoga at Anacostia Library.

6:30 p.m.

Podcasting gear.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.

Week One:
Audio Storytelling Elements, April 3

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, April 10

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, April 17

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, April 24

Students debut their work for the class!

If you'd like to register, please sign up here.  Due to limited spaces, a short wait list will also be established.

6:30 p.m.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?Join us to discuss April's book club selection, Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

When 15-year-old Bee aces her report card and earns her promised reward of a family trip to Antarctica, her agoraphobic mother, Bernadette Fox goes missing. To determine her notorious mother's whereabouts, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and even secret correspondence, but will Bee ever find her?

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? is a touching novel about the imperfect but irreplaceable relationships between mothers and daughters. Pick up a copy today and discover what Megan O'Grady of Vogue calls "delightfully droll" and what Janet Maslin of The New York Times describes as "comedy heaven."

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.

7:00 p.m.

Discuss a different Mystery each month.

Call 202-282-0193 for the current month's book.

7:00 p.m.

ByteBack LogoStudents learn Microsoft Excel 2010, as well as job readiness skills. This two-hour class meets twice a week for four weeks.  PLEASE NOTE: There will be a break around the Emancipation Day holiday.

Prerequisite: PC for Beginners 1 and 2 or successful completion of placement test. Pre-registration is required.

To register for classes, please call Byte Back at (202) 529-3395 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

When registration is closed, you may contact Byte Back to join our calling list. ByteBack will call all interested students next time registration begins.  

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with ByteBack.

7:00 p.m.

Career mentor Joe Ryan will facilitate a support group for job seekers.

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