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Thursday, September 11, 2014

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.

Monday, September 15, 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.

7:00 p.m.

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

Geared toward beginners, although all are welcome.

Tuesday, September 16, 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 17, 2014

4:30 p.m.

Freegal logoRead Magazines Online & Download Music for Free!
         
Want to learn how to access dozens of your favorite magazines online for free? How about downloading free music that you can keep? All you need is your library card!
         
         
Stop by the large meeting room for a fun, interactive demonstration.
 
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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 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.

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

Room 219

Friday, September 19, 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 keyboardDid you know more than 2.5 billion people access the Internet each day? What about the fact that the Indexed Web* has 1.85 billion pages? And that if Wikipedia were a book it would be 2.25 billion pages? That's a lot of folks and a lot of information all at the click of a button. 

Meet us in Room 311 (third floor computer lab) for Step Into Internet Research and Online Resources for guidance on navigating the vast amounts of information online and tips to become a better online researcher.

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

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

*The Indexed Web refers to websites and pages that are searchable via a search engine like Google or Bing.

Saturday, September 20, 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.

Learn how to use both the DCPL database Novelist and the website Goodreads in order to find out what to read next! Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets with them to use during the class.

10:30 a.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.

1:00 p.m.

KCDC LogoLearn ways to reduce stress and maintain positive well-being through the practice of expressive writing. In this workshop, you’ll use selected poems relating to the theme of transformation as prompts for reflection, discussion, and writing. The session will end with a relaxation exercise.

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

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

2:30 p.m.

Are you seeking the right strategies to make your marketing efforts as effective as possible? This 2.5 hour workshop, co-sponsored by Constant Contact, Inc., is designed to uncover important and core marketing concepts and show how a little marketing knowledge can go a long way. 

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.

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

During this workshop, you will learn:

  • What marketing really is (and isn't)
  • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses
  • The importance of setting goals and objectives for your marketing efforts
  • The 4 Pillars of Marketing Success - a framework that shows how difference marketing activities all fit together
  • That it's OK to start small, to start where you already are

Join us and start to build a foundation marketing knowledge base from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization grow.

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).

Sunday, September 21, 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 22, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Stop by the Deanwood Library for a fun and informative afternoon of health and wellness information, featuring vendors from agencies dedicated to your health and well-being. Let's embrace healthier lifestyles together! We deserve it. Please reserve this date for further information.

health and wellness8/20/14

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.

3:30 p.m.

WaPo officesJoin a librarian for an in-depth look at DCPL's Local Newspapers Online Research databases.  You can find current and archival items from the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, and many other local publications, both in-print and defunct.

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.