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Friday, April 18, 2014

10:00 a.m.

E-books at DC Public LibraryDo you own a Kindle, Nook or iPad? Did you know that you can download thousands of titles free of charge with your DC Public Library card?

If you are interested in learning how to download titles, come to the library for a drop-in clinic where you can explore the digital catalog, overflowing with fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks and videos, and get hands-on help with downloading content to your computer or e-reader. Discover the library is so much more than books, with downloadable movies, music, and more available at your fingertips. All you need is your library card and an internet connection!

Can't stay? Instructional sheets will be provided for you to take home.

Call 202-698-6373 for more information.

10:30 a.m.

Image of keyboard"I'll turn my shimmering gaze towards the Library,
my love for it spreading to the crowds
which will begin to sway softly and sing
to themselves of better days that have passed
and been forgotten."
-Excerpt from Love Poem for the Forty-Second Street Library by David Ignatow

April is National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, so celebrate both by learning about DCPL's Art, Music and Literature Online Resources with hands on practice! Meet us in room 311 (third floor computer lab) to find out more about these great resources.

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

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and must be a DC Public Library cardholder. Basic computer skills and previous experience using a Web browser is preferable.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

1:30 p.m.

2Are you a poet or someone who just likes to read poetry or see poets perform their works?

Then come join the staff and friends of the Woodridge Interim Library at our "Poetry at 1:30" event. 

You will have chance to share your works, hear from other poets on TED Talks and have your say at our open mic poetry day program.

All are welcome. 

2:00 p.m.
Photo of Essex Hemphill

A poet and performer known for his political edge, Essex Hemphill openly addressed race, identity, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and the family in his work, voicing issues central to the African American gay community.

Join local poets Regie Cabico, Philip Clark, and Michelle Parkerson in this tribute to the life and work of Essex Hemphill.
 
Find his works in the DC Public Library.
 

3:00 p.m.

Financial Piggy Bank

Managing one's expenses and income can seem overwhelming.

But, if you know where to start -- what small steps you can take now that lead towards long term financial stability -- that makes all the difference. In this talk, you'll learn how to set targeted, realistic financial goals, and get concrete advice on how to work towards those goals.

Stephen Wendel from HelloWallet will provide some of the core lessons he's learned about how you can take control of your finances. In addition to the talk itself, each participant will be provided with free access to HelloWallet's financial guidance software.

Stephen Wendell


Stephen is the Principal Scientist at HelloWallet, where he's worked for five years to develop applications that help users take control of their finances. He is a behavioral social scientist by training, and studies how technology can drive beneficial behavior change. Stephen is the co-founder of Action Design DC, an event series with over 1000 practitioners and researchers building products to help users take action via behavioral economic techniques. His recent book, Designing for Behavior Change, gives a step-by-step approach to applying behavioral economics to product development.

Monday, April 21, 2014

5:00 p.m.

Confused about how to download books and media to your e-Reader?

Come to our e-Reader Drop-In Clinic, Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Lower Level.

Bring your fully charged iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Tablets or laptops and cords and your library card.

6:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday and Wednesday evening until 8 p.m. to improve your English and chat with new people.

The conversation circles are recommended for adults who can read, write, and carry on conversations in English (Advanced Beginner Level). They will be held in Conference Room 2 on the lower level of the library.

To register, call the Adult Literacy Resource Center at 202-727-1616.

6:00 p.m.

The Language of Life with Bill Moyers

In celebration of National Poetry Month, you are cordially invited to attend a screening of The Language of Life, a video series about modern verse featuring contemporary poets in conversation with journalist Bill Moyers. 


The journey begins on the evening of April 21 with exploration of the works of Sekou Sundiata, Naomi Shahib Nye, Coleman Barks, and Sandra McPherson.

The April 28 segment features the work of Carolyn Forche, Gary Snyder, Marilyn Chin, and Robert Bly.

The final installment, shown on May 5, includes interviews with Adrienne Rich, Victor Hernandez Cruz and Lucille Clifton. 

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.

6:30 p.m.

Learn the latest HTML standard (HTML 5) and how to engage its enhanced capability to deliver multimedia, graphics and other rich content in the creation of Web pages. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: S. Dodge
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, Web I Basics, Web II Intermediate, Email Basics and any previous version of HTML. A significant amount of typing is required!

You will learn to:

  • Distinguish new elements and attributes in HTML 5
  • Insert and play video and audio using HTML 5
  • Insert 2-D/3-D drawing graphics using HTML 5
  • Insert new elements for headers, footers, menus, sections and articles
  • Insert new form elements, new input types, automatic validation
  • Save your HTML 5 document to your flash drive or send them to your email account.

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

6:30 p.m.

The Sometimes Strange Meetings: Visual Art in Western Literature book club is led by Professor Ori Soltes.

April 21: Discussion of Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut.
May 14: Discussion of Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.
June 11 (final session): Discussion of Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. 

7:00 p.m.

Free weekly yoga class led by a qualified instructor, courtesy of Yoga Activist.

Geared toward beginners, although all are welcome.

7:00 p.m.

The series with Friendship Animal Hospital meets in the Large Conference Room every third Monday.

Upcoming sessions:

  • April 21: Canine behavior, training and enrichment
  • May 19: Managing your pet's lumps and bumps
  • June 16: Pet allergies and common skin conditions
7:30 p.m.

image of Espresso Book MachineCome see the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) in action and receive information on where to find resources regarding formatting and self-publishing.

Please keep in mind that attendance is required to print your book.

Upcoming sessions can be found in the Library's online calendar.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Digital Drop-In logo.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!

The Popular Services staff will offer digital tips and lunchtime demonstrations of the new devices and step-by-step instructions on how to download books, music and movies from the library's website. You can bring your own device or take a look at ours.

These lunchtime sessions will be held every Tuesday from 12:30pm until 1:30 p.m. in the Digital Commons, where the staff will be available to demonstrate, answer questions and troubleshoot.

1:00 p.m.

There are strategies you can learn to keep yourself financially stable in this economy and to improve your finances.

Participate in a workshop taught by AARP Associate State Director for Community Outreach, Jacqueline Jordan, and learn how to:

  • Eliminate debt
  • Manage debt
  • Improve credit
  • Save money
  • Basic investing
1:00 p.m.

Learn to find and assess quality online health information (2.5 hours). Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructors: A. Muhammad, PIA International, Inc.
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:

  • Navigate medical websites.
  • Evaluate medical websites for updates and active links.
  • Research personal health issues.
  • Make informed health decisions based on information retrieved from credible health websites.

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health and the D.C. Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration. Presented by the Project for Intermediate Advocates.

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

6:00 p.m.

Join us for our Special Needs Information Series with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Inc. All programs start at 6 p.m.

April 22: Special Needs Trusts
Speakers Yolanda Mazyck, Shared Horizons, Phil Fish, Sandy Spring Bank, and Tanya Harvey, Loeb & Loeb, LLP, will present. Preserving the benefits and any possible assets are a complicated discussion. The governmental benefits are created for survival living only. There are ways to support a person who needs the governmental benefits to be able to have his or her supplemental needs met to increase the quality of life after reaching the age of majority.

May 13: Supported Decision Making, Guardianship and the Other Alternatives
Speakers Tina Campanella and Jonathan Martinis, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Inc., will present. Many parents of children with special needs are encouraged to seek legal guardianship for their child as soon as the child attains the age of majority. Parents should know and understand the different alternatives that are available, so their child can exercise their human and civil rights most effectively. The legal options are vast but often expedited for efficiency. This is not the best interest of anyone.

May 27: Understanding Benefits and Financial Planning for the Future

June 17: Resources for Life

In partnership with:
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6:30 p.m.

In celebration of Earth Day, learn about the life of this extraordinary environmental and political activist.

For all ages.  Call the library for more information. 

All programs are free and open to the public.

7:00 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 any time after 7 p.m. 

Ven al Club de Conversación en Ingles (ESL English Conversation Club) para practicar y conversar en ingles en un entorno relajado. El grupo de conversación es para todos los niveles, pero los participantes deben tener un nivel básico de inglés. El grupo es abierto, y pueden venir a cualquier hora después de las 7.
 
来到我们的ESL(英语作为第二种语言)英语交谈俱乐部,您能在一个放松的环境里练习您的英语技能。这个交谈小组是为具有任何水平的英语学习者开办的,但是参加者最好具备一些英语知识。这是一个开放松散的小组,您可以在傍晚七点以后任何时间来。


7:00 p.m.

Free weekly yoga classes led by a qualified instructor, courtesy of Yoga Activist.

Geared toward beginners, but all are welcome.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Join us every Monday and Wednesday evening until 8 p.m. to improve your English and chat with new people.

The conversation circles are recommended for adults who can read, write, and carry on conversations in English (Advanced Beginner Level). They will be held in Conference Room 2 on the lower level of the library.

To register, call the Adult Literacy Resource Center at 202-727-1616.

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.

6:00 p.m.

The GED test has changed in content, format, scoring and cost. 

Ben Merrion, Adult Literacy Specialist at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, will share information about the changes on the new GED 2014 test and resources to help you prepare. 
 

7:00 p.m.

Come brush up on basic GED math skills including calculator use; fractions, decimals, percents, & ratios; word problems; and basic geometry & algebra.  

For more information please email megan.janicki@dc.gov. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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).

7:00 p.m.

Head shot of Romanian poet/translatore Ioana IeronimReadings from her published works, including "Triumph of the Waterwitch," "Lifeline as a Skyscraper" and "Tempo Rubato," in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.

Friday, April 25, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Image of keyboardHave you exhausted your favorite author's writings? Are you in need of some suggestions on what to read next? Check out DCPL's Readers' Resources for book suggestions, read-a-likes, author biographies, and more in room 311 (third floor computer lab)!

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

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and must be a DC Public Library cardholder. Basic computer skills and previous experience using a Web browser is preferable.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

1:00 p.m.
Chess tournament for adults.

Chess tournament for adults held the last Saturday of each month.

This program is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 28, 2014

5:00 p.m.

Confused about how to download books and media to your e-Reader?

Come to our e-Reader Drop-In Clinic, Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Lower Level.

Bring your fully charged iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Tablets or laptops and cords and your library card.

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