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Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

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Coffee 101

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

1 p.m.
Are you passionate about your coffee? Do you dream about the perfect cup of Joe? Then join us for Coffee 101 as we welcome Compass Coffee’s lead roaster Brandon Warner and co-founder Michael Haft for an engaging lecture/presentation on the history of coffee, the various regions where it is grown and harvested, and the process of the perfect roast. The program will culminate in demonstrating a number of brewing methods as well as a cupping/tasting of selected blends.

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

E-Reader Drop-In Clinic

Mt. Pleasant Library

5 p.m.
  Bring your fully charged iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Tablets, or laptops and your library card to our weekly e-Reader Clinic at the information desk on the lower level.  You will learn how to download books, music, and different types of media available for downloading from our website, and much much more...don't forget your cords!    

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Digital Drop-In

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12:30 p.m.
New Year, New Name, New Service! Got an issue with technology?  Come let us troubleshoot.  Want to download free books, music, movies and magazines to your device or computer? Come let us walk you through it. Have a question about how digital things work? Come let us help you find the answer!

E-Reader Drop-In Clinic

West End Library

2 p.m.
Confused about how to download books and media to your e-Reader? Come to our e-Reader Drop-In Clinic, Tuesdays

ESL English Language Club

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

7 p.m.
Come to our ESL English Conversation Club, where you can practice your English skills in a casual environment. This conversation group is for English learners at all levels, but participants should have some English knowledge. This is an open group, and you can drop in at anytime between 7 and 8 pm.  

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

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Cybersecurity 101: Protect Yourself Online

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
Ever since the Snowden news broke in 2013, issues of individual online privacy and security have attracted unprecedented attention. (Especially when Jennifer Lawrence is involved.) Technical security topics are often presented as black and white: Either an individual is totally vulnerable and clueless, or he/she is a super-secure, badass hacker.
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Writing Science for the Masses

Takoma Park Library

6:30 p.m.
Many scientists do amazing things, then write about them in a way that is comprehensible only to a handful of other experts. How do you tell a compelling science story to broader audiences, such as policy makers and the general public? In this class, we’ll analyze an exemplary piece of popular science writing, as well as workshop pieces written by students. We’ll also talk about strategies for placing stories with newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

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Digital Download Clinic at Hill Center

Southeast Library

2 p.m.
Join us on Thursdays at Hill Center for a series of sessions to discover the wealth of online content from the DC Public Library. Topics will range from downloadable books to digital historic photographs. Library staff will also provide basic assistance and instruction in use of ereaders and tablets.
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Decolonize! Native Resistance Then and Now

Southwest Library

6:30 p.m.
“To be an Indian in modern American society is in a very real sense to be unreal and ahistorical.” — Vine Deloria Jr. Drawing on personal experiences and scholarly research, “Decolonize!” is an introduction to the rich and powerful history of Native American resistance. We’ll cover the earliest acts of protest, the Red Power movement of the 1960s, the dawn of Native American Studies as a disruptive discourse, and contemporary Native resistance.

Small Business Development Workshop

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

7 p.m.
Are you thinking of starting your own business?  Don't know how to begin? Come to this free two-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.
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Chess Time

Southeast Library

7 p.m.
Drop in for friendly Chess matches Thursday nights at 7 p.m.   We welcome players of all ages and abilities. This program will be held in the first floor unless otherwise noted.
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Stress Relief with Laughter Yoga

Cleveland Park Library

7 p.m.
Laughter yoga is a group exercise of voluntary and prolonged laughter. Thought by practicioners to provide many of the same physiological and psychological benefits of physical exercise, laughter yoga is built on eye contact, physical touch, and playful games amongst participants. You’ll learn the basics of laughing techniques, laughter “ignition,” and meditation. At the end, you’ll be asked to share your experience and hug to two students you didn’t know before the class.

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

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Beginners' Amharic

Mt. Pleasant Library

4 p.m.
The principal language of Ethiopia, Amharic is a Semitic language belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It takes its name from Amhara, a central province in Ethiopia and is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, after Arabic.   Learn the basics of this fascinating language with Ms. Yacob, every Friday afternoon in Conference Room 1 on the lower level. All ages are welcome!  

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Spanish Conversation Circle

Spanish Conversation Circle

Southeast Library

11:30 a.m.
Do you know Spanish but hardly have the opportunity to speak it?  Do you want to maintain your command of the language and even expand it? We have a group for that. Introducing our new Spanish Conversation Circle where participants practice speaking an advanced to fluent level of Spanish, and snack.
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Home Ownership Course

Petworth Library

1 p.m.
Cedric Lewis, Community Lending Officer at Operation HOPE will be leading a HUD-certified seminar on home ownership. Come learn what you can afford, programs that can help, and tips for choosing a loan. Topics covered will include: Renting vs. owing How to get approved for a mortgage Debt to income ratios Down payment assistance programs

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

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Silly Dummy, Tricks are for Bridge

Northeast Library

2 p.m.
Bridge can be enjoyed as a casual matchup with friends, a game with money on the table, or as a club or tournament competition. Whatever level appeals to you, this class will get you started with the basics. We’ll go over the rules of bridge, basic scoring, bidding, and card play. If you’ve played some trick-taking card games like “Hearts” or “Spades,” you’ll have a bit of a headstart, but no prior experience is necessary. Before you know it, you may wander into work or class bleary-eyed from a bridge all-nighter.

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

E-Reader Drop-In Clinic

Mt. Pleasant Library

5 p.m.
  Bring your fully charged iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Tablets, or laptops and your library card to our weekly e-Reader Clinic at the information desk on the lower level.  You will learn how to download books, music, and different types of media available for downloading from our website, and much much more...don't forget your cords!    
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A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media in China

Tenley-Friendship Library

6:30 p.m.
You’ve probably heard of the Great Firewall of China. But even in a country where Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram are off-limits to the average Internet user, such barriers haven’t stopped grassroots social media, political memes, and online activism from taking off. This lecture-style class will provide an introduction to:

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Digital Drop-In

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12:30 p.m.
New Year, New Name, New Service! Got an issue with technology?  Come let us troubleshoot.  Want to download free books, music, movies and magazines to your device or computer? Come let us walk you through it. Have a question about how digital things work? Come let us help you find the answer!

E-Reader Drop-In Clinic

West End Library

2 p.m.
Confused about how to download books and media to your e-Reader? Come to our e-Reader Drop-In Clinic, Tuesdays
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Know Your Sources: News Literacy and Media Framing

Mt. Pleasant Library

6 p.m.
Where do you go to catch up on the world each morning? The Washington Post? Twitter? CNN? The media you consume is a choice, and these choices can sway your thoughts and attitudes toward current events. This class will cover recent research on media sources; explore the news landscape in America (traditional media vs news startups vs social media); and compare articles to see differences in coverage.
Do you speak English?

English Conversation Circle

West End Library

7 p.m.
Do you want to improve your English? Come to West End Interim Library to practice your speaking and listening skills. All levels of English are welcome in this informal, relaxed small group setting.    

ESL English Language Club

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

7 p.m.
Come to our ESL English Conversation Club, where you can practice your English skills in a casual environment. This conversation group is for English learners at all levels, but participants should have some English knowledge. This is an open group, and you can drop in at anytime between 7 and 8 pm.  
March on Washington

District of Change: Is D.C. Still Chocolate City?

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

7 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month, the first District of Change of 2015 will explore: Is D.C. Still Chocolate City?  The District of Columbia has always been rich in black culture and history. How will the more recent years of urban development and gentrification alter the racial, cultural, and political map of our city?

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Google Partners Connect + Bonus Group Coaching: Webinar with Google Experts on How To Grow Your Business (Registration Required)

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

11:30 a.m.
Join us for Google Partners Connect, an exclusive Google webinar, featuring Google experts on how to grow your business.  An introductory discussion will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Google Partner Romona Foster, followed by a 45-minute webinar, featuring Todd Rowe, Managing Director, Global Channel Sales, and Fred Vallaeys, Google AdWords Evangelist. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session, hosted by Google Partner, Romona Foster, and conclude at 1:30 p.m.
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Sometimes Strange Meeting: Music in Western Literature

West End Library

6:30 p.m.
The West End Library Friends presents a reading and discussion series for Winter/Spring 2015. Discussions are led by Ori Z. Soltes, Professorial Lecturer, Department of Theology, Georgetown University. The Tempest by William Shakespeare Jan. 28, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
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Cultivating a Home Yoga Practice

Georgetown Library

6:30 p.m.
When and how do you make time for yourself? Many of us lead busy, over-scheduled lives. Developing a home yoga practice can help you stay grounded and present. Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, this class will give you strategies for cultivating a personal practice. Learn about different breathing (pranayama) and meditation exercises, poses (asanas), and self-care regimens. You will leave with a manageable routine for your home practice, attuned to your schedule and needs.
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Embroider Letters!

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

7:30 p.m.
This introductory class, held in Room A-3, will teach you how to use the running stitch, back stitch, and chain stitch to make your text-based embroidery dreams come true. Create a monogram, a name, an initial, lyrics, or a motto! Bring your own embroidery materials (a hoop, needle, embroidery floss, and muslin fabric). If you don’t have those items, you can borrow a set from the teacher.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

eReader

Digital Download Clinic at Hill Center

Southeast Library

2 p.m.
Join us on Thursdays at Hill Center for a series of sessions to discover the wealth of online content from the DC Public Library. Topics will range from downloadable books to digital historic photographs. Library staff will also provide basic assistance and instruction in use of ereaders and tablets.
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A Vegan Life Seminar

Mt. Pleasant Library

6:30 p.m.
Want to hear more about the health benefits of being vegan? Are plant-based diets the best way to reverse disease?