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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6:30 p.m.

KCDC LogoJoin Katherine, a medical interpreter, for a crash course in talking with your Spanish-speaking patients. Using real-life experiences from her work in hospitals, Katherine will teach you to be a better listener. You won’t just learn how to say Spanish words — you’ll learn to actually communicate. We’ll cover plenty of vocabulary, but plan on practicum participation, too!

This class is designed for medical professionals.

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

Please pre-register for this class over at the Knowledge Commons DC website.

6:30 p.m.

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This interactive event will feature media-rich presentations on life through an American’s eyes in Albania, Cameroon, China, Dominican Republic, Guinea, Senegal, Thailand, and Uganda. Nine Peace Corps Volunteer ‘Top Bloggers’ will be sharing their experiences serving in some of the world’s most remote places and answering your questions! 

These individuals are the winners of Peace Corps’ 2014 Blog it Home competition and have been selected from more than 350 Peace Corps volunteers from 60 countries for their focus on using their blogs to increase cross-cultural understanding.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall for presentations, discussions, and more.

Questions? Please call (202) 727-1291 or email Kimberly White.

6:30 p.m.

Get introduced to the world of Microsoft Access, a powerful relational database. Explore and navigate the Access program window and learn the concepts and structure of data storage in Access.  

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 and Excel III Advanced. Familiarity with the keyboard is also required.

You will learn to:

  • Understand Database Design Concepts & Terminology
  • Engage the MS Access 2010 Interface
  • Work with Data in Access
  • Find | Sort | Filter Data
  • Import Data & Export Data

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

6:30 p.m.
Bring your fiddle, your banjo or your favorite tunes for an evening of music-making on the patio.
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.

Energize DCThe DC Public Library and Pepco are working together this summer to present classes  at your local library about energy management. As part of this program, our library branches will be holding educational classes designed to help you take control of your energy use. You will learn how to use Pepco’s online energy management tools and create personalized energy management plans. You’ll also learn simple and helpful ideas to help you save money and energy in your home. Click here to view the schedule of these energy education classes.

As part of Energize DC, our local libraries will also be distributing children’s activity pages and fun giveaways as part of the Summer Reading Series. Ask your local library how to get copies. Learn more about Energize DC at

Room 219

7:00 p.m.

The Good Lord Bird

Join DC Public Library librarians on the third Wednesday of each month at a neighborhood bar for a modern-day book club. Books & Bars is a book club that promises great food, drinks, a comfortable atmosphere, and great discussion on today’s most intriguing books.
September 17, Books & Bars will be discussing The Good Lord Bird by James McBride at Gordon Biersch Brewery, located at 900 F St NW. 

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for socializing; book discussion will begin at 7 p.m.  To ensure seating for all, please let us know to expect you.  For further information and to RSVP, visit our Eventbrite page or contact Kari Mitchell at
7:00 p.m.

connie willis blackoutTo celebrate DCPL's new partnership with the Museum of Science Fiction, Novum will be reading Connie Willis' Blackout this September.

In a world where time travel has become commonplace, stressed-out students regularly travel to the Middle Ages or WW2 in order to fulfill requirements for their graduate thesis. When a head researcher reshuffles the schedules, it just seems like another school snafu... until students find themselves stranded in their times of choice. Worse, they seem to be able to affect events in ways they've never been able to before.

Novum, MLK's sci-fi & fantasy book club, meets every third Wednesday in the MLK Popular Library. Join our mailing list to receive event reminders, author news, and more!

7:00 p.m.

Come join Russkaia Literatura for its next reading, Pale Fire by Vlpale fireadimir Nabokov!

The discussion will take place in Rm. 109 until 8 p.m.

Please contact My Nguyen for any additional information.

7:00 p.m.

Screening of a film from the American Short Story Collection as seen on PBS and adapted from the classic short story by James Thurber (1894-1961), starring Brad Davis and Carol Kane.

The film will be shown at St. Mary's Court, a library partner and residential living facility for seniors, at 725 24th St. NW.

7:15 p.m.

T'ai Chi ImageJoin Susan Lowell from and learn about the flowing movements of this time-honored Chinese martial art which weaves together meditation and relaxation with the wisdom of Chinese medicine. Experience a gentle, traditional movement system which emphasizes softness and stability, comfort and awareness as a path to improved health, and find out why it is celebrated by NIH, the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School.

Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before joining the class. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement. Chairs will be provided for those who want to take a break and observe. The hour class will begin at 7:30 p.m. Please note that the November class is cancelled.

Photo credit: Man Practising T'ai Chi in the Park 2 by kojotisko/

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.


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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-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 or call 202-727-0232 to set up an appointment at a more convenient time.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

(All day)

Discuss a different Mystery each month.

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

(All day)
Talking book and playerThe Talking Book Club meets at 11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in Room 215.

See the daily calendar for MLK Library for information about specific titles for upcoming meetings.

Brown bag lunches welcome; we provide coffee, tea and cold water. 

Call 202-727-2142 for more information.
(All day)

Need help with your job search? Come to the Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic where you will receive individualized assistance with the following job-seeking tasks:

  •      Creating an email account;
  •      Establishing a job board account;
  •      Building your résumé;
  •      Conducting online job searches; and
  •      Completing online job applications.

The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in June, July and August and will be held, as usual, in the Computer Lab, Room 311.

Questions? Call 202-727-1471.

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.

3:00 p.m.

bcCome and enjoy a lively discussion with your adult community and friends. the July Book Club Selection is A History of the World in 6 Glasses.

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 or their teen-centered site

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
5:00 p.m.

InDesign logoIn 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.

6:30 p.m.

Southern Cross the DogJoin us for a new book club for and by the book lovers of Capitol Hill. Every month, we will read a different book, in a different location on the Hill.

Discussion will be led by staff from a variety of our neighborhood's most bookish, including staff from the Southeast Neighborhood Library, Northeast Neighborhood LibraryRiverby Books, and others. 

Our September title is Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng: Convinced that he is cursed after the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, 20-year-old Robert Chatham, who, constantly followed by trouble, has lost his will to live, finally shakes his demons until he is forced to make an impossible choice. .

In September, we will meet at Southeast Library at 403 7th St SE. You can pre-register at

6:30 p.m.

Join us for Classic Movie Night, featuring classic black-and-white films from Hollywood's Golden Age.

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

7:00 p.m.

Join our Adult Book Club every third Thursday of the month. We have a lively group discussion for an hour and read mostly literary fiction titles.

Members vote on the next book to read each month -- please call the branch for title information at 202-576-7252.

7:00 p.m.

FilmCome enjoy a colorful and merry adventure starring Errol Flynn at Classic Cinema Night.

7:00 p.m.

Perfect Phrases for ESLIf you are a non-native English speaker, join our conversation group to practice speaking and listening to English in a casual setting. Learn about American culture and share experiences and knowledge with other English language learners.  No tests, no homework, just fun discussion!

Meets the first and third Thursday of every month.  Free and no registration is required.  Basic English speaking and reading levels preferred. 

7:00 p.m.

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

7:00 p.m.

Black-Out Poetry Night graphic

Come re-purpose old magazines and newspapers to create poetry and art. Blackout poetry is a form of found poetry created by erasing or covering up pieces of text to make poems out of the remaining words.

We'll be discussing issues of censorship for Banned Books Week, so here's a chance to wield your pens and markers for good and create something refreshing! Pieces will be used in a display on the second floor.

7:00 p.m.

Eyone williamsJoin Eyone Williams as he discusses and sign his book, Lorton Legends.

The book is based on the Lorton Correctional Complex, one of the most notorious prisons in U.S. history. Housing convicts from Washington, D.C. and known for violence and corruption, the LCC shaped and molded every man and woman that experienced life with inmates housed there.

Attendees will be entered to win books at the event!