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Tuesday, May 6, 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.

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.

7:00 p.m.

Image of Espresso Book MachineCome receive instruction on how to format materials for the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). Functions like headers, footers, table of contents, and page numbering will be addressed.

7:00 p.m.

In honor of "Be Kind to Animals Week," West End Library will be co-hosting an event with local non-profit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

The founder of the organization, Kristen Kloster, will give a presentation on the importance of adopting that will be sure to make any animal lover's heart melt. 

Wednesday, May 7, 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.

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. 

7:00 p.m.

David Newcomb, a long-time meditator, will lead this helpful and stimulating workshop for old and new meditators, demonstrating the most natural and effective techniques of meditation, and giving many useful directions for deepening and stabilizing our meditation practices to gain more inner bliss and peace.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Washington Post LogoCome learn about DC Public Library's online database of historical newspapers, which include archives of The Washington Post, the New York Times, and a variety of other titles.

Some focus will be given to our collection of African American titles, and to obituaries. 

6:30 p.m.

KCDC LogoLearn to curate your personal and professional online presence with Tulani, a social media pro. She’ll get you up to speed on posting, commenting, sharing, and generally getting noticed on social media platforms. You’ll learn about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Vine, plus a few secondary sites.

Instructor Tulani Elisa is a social media strategist at a D.C. agency and has experience in marketing, advertising, and social website integration.

This class has limited seating.  Please pre-register with Knowledge Commons DC.

This class is presented in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

7:00 p.m.

Perfect Phrases for ESL coverIf you are a non-native English speaker, join our conversation group to practice English in a casual setting. No tests, no quizzes, just fun conversation with other English learners!

Free and no registration is required.  Basic English speaking and reading levels preferred.

7:00 p.m.

Head shot of professional organizer Rachel Strisik RosenthalTalk by Rachel Strisik Rosenthal, owner of professional organizing firm Rachel and Company, including the neatest tricks of the trade.

7:00 p.m.

Stop HIVIf Washington, DC were a nation of Africa, it would rank 23rd out of 54 countries in terms of percentage of people with HIV. Of all adults between the ages of 15 and 64 in the District, 3 percent have HIV. This is higher than 5 countries receiving funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). As the seat of the government of the largest donor nation when it comes to HIV, this city should be a model for how to end the pandemic. Instead, ours remains one of the world’s hardest hit communities.
 
With all the testing and treatment options, and all the ways we can now communicate with each other, we can change this. We can become a model for the country and the world. 

What’s the missing piece? 
 
You. 
 
Join us for an evening of learning more about how 20 minutes can change the course of HIV here in the nation’s capital and in the world. 
 
The end of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is truly within our sights, but we won’t get there without you. 
 
Brad OgilvieBrad Ogilvie, MS, LMFT, is a part-time counselor in Washington, D.C. as well as Program Coordinator for William Penn House, a Quaker program center on Capitol Hill. He founded The Mosaic Initiative in 2005 as an organization focused on stopping the HIV/AIDS pandemic. As a result of seeing people turned away from HIV-testing because they were not “high-risk,” he became involved in advocating for more options. He also takes the “people need counseling” concern to heart, and the reason he encourages mental health professionals to integrate testing into their practice. Previously, he has run an AIDS housing program and education center in IL, worked in holistic HIV clinic in the mid-1990s, and traveled to rural Kenya to be a part of community engagement on HIV (including building a community center there). He has also been living with HIV for 28 years.

7:00 p.m.

In recognition of Mental Health Month, join us for a special Online Resource Drop-In Clinic focusing on mental wellness.

Discover DC Public Library's free authoritative texts online in our many databases, from Medline Plus to PubMed. Handouts will be provided on navigating DC Public Library's online resources and catalog.

For more information, please call 202-698-6373.

Friday, May 9, 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 keyboardThe basic foundations of our nation rely on both the Government and the Law. Learn more about the federal government, the local District of Columbia government, and related online resources 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.

2:00 p.m.

Learn what is available through the library's electronic databases to navigate the rough waters of health and wellness information.

What you want to know is out there somewhere and we'll guide you in basic search strategies.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Photo of Steven Shafarman, creator of FlexAwareFlexAware is a dynamic practice created by Steven Shafarman that helps people breathe freely and move easily, for healing, fitness, exercise and mindfulness.

12:00 p.m.

Bike House logo

Volunteers from The Bike House collective will provide bike repair services at no cost for the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library on the second and fourth Saturdays in May, June, and July from noon to 2:30 p.m. (with the exception of Saturday, May 24 -- Memorial Day weekend).  


All ages are welcome!

2:00 p.m.

Bike Maintenance

May is National Bike Month and we’re celebrating here at Palisades Library with several events throughout the month

Join us on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m., when Mike Turner, Palisades Library employee, Mt Rainier Bike Co-op member, bicycle enthusiast and commuter, will be leading a workshop on bike safety and maintenance. All ages will be welcome, and the first twenty people to register will be given a special present!

Explore other National Bike Month events throughout DCPL!
 
2:00 p.m.

KCDC logoIn 1692, witchcraft accusations sent hysteria through the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Nineteen people were executed based on the word of young girls.

How did this happen? Join Dan Howlett, an avid scholar of the Salem Witch Trials, to find out. With an emphasis on primary sources, he’ll lay out the events leading up to this atrocity, beginning with the Puritan influences on the colony and the development of the Salem community—which was ripe for a spark that would send decade-long feuds spiraling into accusations. Finally, he’ll cover the changes in thinking that led to the end of the trials.

Instructor Dan Howlett is a student at George Washington University. He began studying the Salem Witch Trials for a high-school project. Every day, he posts a fact about the trials at facebook.com/salemwitchtrialfacts.

This class has limited seating.  Please pre-register with Knowledge Commons DC.

This class is presented in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

Monday, May 12, 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.

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.

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 the prior session.

Instructor Robert Thomas is a 24-year-old Stanford drop-out and accidental entrepreneur. Two and a half years ago, he moved to D.C. and invented a product that unexpectedly went viral. To sell it, he designed and developed a website from scratch, and is now fluent in a number of web development languages.

This class has limited seating.  Please pre-register with Knowledge Commons DC.

This class is presented in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

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.

Jeffrey Kaplan of American University will discuss the labeling of food created from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Tuesday, May 13, 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.

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