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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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.

KCDC logoDo not bring: A computer.
Do bring: Every question you ever had about the Internet and web design.

What is a website, what does it do, what doesn’t it do, and how do you make one without using Wordpress, because that’s cheating? At the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Construct a complete webpage using only index cards;
  • Condense “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” into HTML;
  • Code from scratch a website that would have looked really cool in 1996;

Answer big questions, such as:

  • What does every webpage have in common with Scarlett Johansson?
  • Why is it totally reasonable to hate Internet Explorer?
  • Why is the joke about the programmer who came home with a dozen loaves of bread funny?

If you want to learn how to make a beautiful, functioning website in five minutes, this isn’t the class for you. If you want to understand what’s going on behind the scenes when you change your relationship status on Facebook, and learn all you need to know to create everything from a homepage for your cat to the next Amazon.com, this is.

Want to learn more? Read the class report from a prior session.

This class 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.

Graphic that says "a good book speaks volumes"The Audio Publishers Association presents AudioFile's Golden Voices Theatre, a reading of excerpts on a theme of "changing seasons" and featuring three audiobook superstars--Sean Runnette, Tavia Gilbert, and Robin Miles--and then a question-and-answer period (where you can ask all those burning audiobook questions) led by Michele Cobb, President of the Audio Publisher's Association

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

10:00 a.m.

DC Job SeekersCome one, come all to a casual resume drop-in clinic and hands-on introduction to DC Job Seekers, a one-stop portal to job seeking resources.

In this casual but informative workshop, patrons will learn the necessary steps in job seeking, from resume building to interview basics with online resources available completely free of charge through DC Public Library's homepage. Gain access to online tutorials, resume templates, and more with this visual walk-through of the DC Job Seekers website.

Need a change but don't know where to start? DC Job Seekers offers more than just resume building and links to job search engines. Use the Career Exploration Web Guide to find descriptions of vocational and technical careers, or use Career Zone to assess yourself and the job best suited for you.

Discover these job-seeking tools and more at the Francis A. Gregory Library. For those wishing to learn more but unable to stay, handouts with steps for accessing DC Public Library's Job Seekers info will be provided to take home.

For more information, please contact the Francis A. Gregory Library at 202-698-6373.

10:30 a.m.

Image of keyboardA few tips for those researching their family history:

  • Always use a variety of resources - from local newspapers to census records, you never know what you may discover!
  • Spread the word to your family members - you never know what stories or leads you may unearth!
  • And don't give up - patience and diligence are your two best friends when doing genealogical research!

For more, meet us in Room 311 (third floor computer lab) for Step Into Genealogy Online Resources and gain hands-on experience with these valuable resources!

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

Required Skills: Basic computer skills and previous experience using a Web browser is preferable.

2:00 p.m.

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Learn how to use the health and health
care information on the library's
databases at dclibrary.org  For practice,
get some general questions answered.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Image of a blind man and a young girl reading a print braille bookAdaptive Services Division is accepting applications for their Braille literacy class on Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting August 9, 2014 – September 27, 2014.

This class is for beginning braille users (All ages).

Space is limited. For more information, please call 202-727-2142, or email lbph.dcpl@dc.gov .

2:00 p.m.

Curious about the activity going on in the Nonuments Park, across the street from the library? Come hear first-hand from one of the artists! Jennifer Wen Ma will be at Southwest Library to discuss her installation, and will conduct a walk-through of the site afterward.
portrait garden

2:00 p.m.


DC State Fair LogoLearn more about the DC State Fair at this information session! Fair representatives and sponsors will discuss contests and prizes for knitting and crochet, funkiest looking vegetable, pickled food, apple pie, and more! Join us and learn more about the art of crafting, growing, and preserving in the Watha T. Daniel Library Meeting Room at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

3:00 p.m.

image of a computerThese are workshops designed to teach the basic skills of computer use. Classes are designed for people who have limited or no computer skills.  Over the course of the sessions, participants will gain comfort with computers, gain experience using the keyboard and mouse, and develop the ability to easily find, store, and produce documents such as Word documents.  Participants will develop the skills needed to accomplish tasks such as filling out online job applications and other online forms, sending emails, and finding information online.  

Sessions will cover:  August 24 - Typing Basics; September 7 - Using the Internet; September 21 - Setting up Email.  For more information, call (202) 541-6100.  
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Join us for a free weekly yoga class with yoga instructor Smita Kumar from Yoga District! Bring your own yoga mat or use one of ours. Please register at the Adult Reference Desk, 202-724-8698 or e-mail teresa.sakon@dc.gov.

5:00 p.m.

E reader and tablets  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!
 
 
 
 

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.

Yoga ActivistJoin us on Mondays for a free yoga class for adults, ages 18 and up, provided by Yoga Activist.

Yoga Activist is an organization dedicated to providing free yoga instruction to communities by partnering instructors with social service organizations interested in promoting the benefits of yoga.

Mats will be provided. Registration is preferred, but not required.

Please call 202-698-6373 for more information.

6:30 p.m.

"Yad Vashem Books burned by Nazis" by David ShankboneJoin us on Monday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. for Socrates Club, a NEW club that will meet for monthly philosophical discussions, covering a wide range of topics this Fall.

September’s theme will be: “Why is censorship dangerous to our freedom?”

In celebration of September’s upcoming Banned Book Week and freedom of speech, join us for an exhilarating forum led by the participants!

Call (202) 698-6373 for more information.

7:00 p.m.

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

Geared toward beginners, although all are welcome.

7:30 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, September 9, 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.

2:00 p.m.

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

Come to our e-Reader Drop-In Clinic, Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Bring your fully charged iPads, Kindles, Nooks, tablets, smart phones or laptops and cords! You will also need your library card.

Don't have a library card? Don't worry, it will only take a couple minutes to sign up!

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 anytime between 7 and 8 pm.  

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. Puedes participar todos los martes cuando quieras entre las 7:00 y 8:00 de la noche.
 
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7点到8点之间的任何时间来


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, September 10, 2014

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.

7:00 p.m.

Over the past few years, public education in D.C. has been transformed - from IMPACT rating for teachers, to school closings, to boundary and feeder changes, to major facilities improvements, to an explosion of Public Charter Schools. Have these attempts to close the achievement gap worked? Are D.C. schools better? Join us as we talk to principals from around the city and learn about their challenges and successes.
 
Join moderator Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way, in discussion with panelists:
Scott Cartland, former principal, Janney Elementary School (Ward 3), current principal, Wheatley Education Campus (Ward 5);
Alexandra Pardo, executive director, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (Ward 8); 
Andria Caruthers, principal, West Education Campus (Ward 4)

Please RSVP for this program over at EventBrite.

This program is part of the District of Change series of public conversations on the changing nature of the District.  The series is produced by Slate editor David Plotz and author Hanna Rosin in conjunction with the DC Public Library Foundation.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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 takecontroldc.com

7:00 p.m.

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Curious to learn more about your family history? Stop by the library to learn about our online resources for performing family history research and learn a little more about your own history.

Friday, September 12, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Learn how to use the library's "Biography in Context" online database for a school assignment or your personal use.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Image of a blind man and a young girl reading a print braille bookAdaptive Services Division is accepting applications for their Braille literacy class on Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting August 9, 2014 – September 27, 2014.

This class is for beginning braille users (All ages).

Space is limited. For more information, please call 202-727-2142, or email lbph.dcpl@dc.gov .

10:30 a.m.

Beginning to trace your Family Tree? Maybe you have researched a good amount of your family history and are seeking other resources to help you dig deeper into your roots.  This workshop will introduce participants to database resources that are accessible in DC Public Libraries and outside the libraries if you have a DC Library card.

Instructors: K. DesperttBook and Tree
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills:

  • The ability to read and comprehend English well
  • Basic computer and Web navigational skills
  • Aptitude in using a keyboard and mouse

Objectives: Come and learn how to navigate the following genealogical databases:

  • Heritage Quest, a genealogical database accessed through dclibrary.org
  • Historic Washington Post & Baltimore Afro-American newspaper databases
  • Recently acquired Evening Star

Sample searches will be conducted to highlight the features and advantages of each online genealogical resource.

Participants are encouraged to bring a portable USB flash drive

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2:00 p.m.

KCDC logoMichael Taylor, an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability, was 12 years old when his mother placed him in Baltimore’s Rosewood Institution. After 30 years there, as well as in an institution in Massachusetts, Michael began living independently, advocating for others with disabilities, and working for Best Buddies. Listen to his story, then discuss disability rights and the history and living conditions of institutions.

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

Please pre-register for this class over on the KCDC website.