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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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, May 14, 2014

(All day)

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. 

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.

KCDC LogoCollage is not just for grade-school art class, nor is it “just” a craft. Artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque incorporated collage into their work, and it’s widely considered a modernist technique.

Collage is also for anyone who loves viewing and making art, especially those who may be intimidated by charcoal or paint brushes, but still feel the curiosity and desire to create.

In this class, we will look at examples of collage in modern art. Then you’ll choose an image to inspire your own collage, which you’ll make on-the-spot with found materials.

Please bring scissors if you can. If you have materials you know you’d like to use in your collage, or an image you’d like to base it on, please bring them, too.

Instructor Jordana Merran grew up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., and moved to the big city after graduating from college in 2009. She’s called Columbia Heights home ever since. Jordana has always appreciated and enjoyed making art, and is constantly looking to try new non-paint media (who wants to deal with that mess!?).

Seating for this class is limited.  Please pre-register with Knowledge Commons DC.

This class is presented in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

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.

7:00 p.m.
Come on down to Southwest Library for an enlightening presentation by James Schier, NASA's Chief Architect for Space Communications and Navigation.


Mr. Schier will discuss NASA's plans for human exploration of the solar system, including the moon, asteroids, even Mars!
Beyond bookJames SchierNASA logo

Thursday, May 15, 2014

7:00 p.m.
3D file of Coffee Mug Holder for a Bike

Curious about what all the fuss is about 3-D printing?

Attend this class for an overview of the 3-D printing technology available, plus tips for how to download your own files and have them printed into physical objects here at the library!

In celebration of National Bike Month, we'll explore what you can 3-D print that relates to bicycles and have a special demo of how to create a coffee mug holder that attaches to bicycle handlebars.

Explore other National Bike Month events.

Friday, May 16, 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 keyboardIf you're in need of a new doctor or even a new hair salon or maybe you're in search of some stocks to invest in, the Consumer and Do-it-Yourself Online Resources class will have the information you need to get started on your search. Come learn about the various ways DCPL's online resources can help you help yourself 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, May 17, 2014

10:00 a.m.

The first part of this program will be at the West End Library until 11:30 a.m. 

We will be talking about sports photography and how to get great action photos. 

Then we will take an hour break so we can have lunch and make our way to the Dragon Boat Races. This will be a short 10-minute walk to the river. 

10:30 a.m.

Join local business Takoma Bicycle for a bike repair workshop until 12 p.m.

Learn about basic bike maintenance like cleaning and what to take with you for safety and emergencies. Even learn how to change a flat tire.

There will be time for questions after the presentation. 

Explore other National Bike Month events.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Zinio Read digital issues of your favorite magazines with Zinio, the ultimate one-stop shop for magazine lovers, completely FREE with your DC Public Library card. Access 175 titles and counting of your favorite print magazines, available online to view in your browser or to download to your device. And with Zinio apps for Apple, Android, Kindle Fire, Blackberry, Nook and Windows products, you can take your digital issue on the run!

With titles available in English and Spanish, you won't find DC Public Library's Zinio collection wanting. With a Zinio account, you won't have to worry about stacks of print magazines around your home, because it saves your digital check-outs, and with new issues being available each month as well as back issues on some titles, you won't have to sacrifice your lust for reading due to lack of physical space. Zinio for Libraries

All you need to begin is your library card number, simply register for a Zinio account, and browse DC Public Library's Zinio collection to get started. Visit DC Public Library's homepage or read our Librarian-created LibGuide on getting started with Zinio. Step-by-step instructions for accessing and using Zinio are available here or if you desire visual instruction, stop by the Francis A. Gregory Library for hands-on help.

2:00 p.m.

KCDC logoComputers touch nearly every facet of our daily lives. In this class, we will learn more about how computers work by writing our own simple software programs.

This class makes programming understandable and available to anyone, regardless of background. We will create and run basic programs in Java, a language used in classrooms and large corporations. We will become familiar with basic Java syntax, and learn how computers store and process information with variables and conditionals.

Expect a mix of demonstrations and hands-on work on the computer. Bring a laptop if you can.

Instructor Joe Kaperst is a student taking high-level Java classes. He started one of the first Coder Dojos in the D.C. area so that he could share his knowledge of programming with the ever-growing number of people who want to learn about the field.

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

This class is presented in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

 

2:30 p.m.

Cover image of L. Peat O'Neil's book Pyrenees Pilgrimage, Walking Across France Author, traveler, and adventurer L. Peat O’Neil will discuss her latest book, Pyrenees Pilgrimage: Walking Across France, a travelogue about her 2010 solo walk on pilgrimage paths from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea through the Pyrenees. She will also discuss travel writing in general.

 A Washington native, O’Neil worked for the Washington Post for twenty years. Her other books include In Search of Adventure: A Wild Travel Anthology, about her adventures in Kamchatka, Siberia; Travel Writing: See the World, Sell the Story; and Travel Writing, A Guide to Research, Writing and Selling. Her travel sketchbooks have been featured in the National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibit Intimate Journeys—Artists Sketchbooks. She also teaches writing at the Writing Center in Bethesda, at the Hill Center, and online for UCLA.

Copies of Pyrenees Pilgrimage: Walking Across France will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

3:00 p.m.

Join Registered Dietitian Leslie Adams as she presents information on health and nutrition for Senior Adults.

She will provide tips on grocery shopping, vitamins, exercise, and good habits for wellness, as well as quick and healthy recipes.

There will be time for questions following the presentation. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

(All day)

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
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.

eReaders imageDo you have an iPad, Kindle, Nook, or even a smartphone?  Did you know that you can download library materials to your device? 
 
Come to our Digital DCPL workshop and learn how easy it is to download books, music, and more—from anywhere!  Bring your own fully charged device, cords, and library card.  We will have a couple of devices for hands-on practice.

This is a drop-in workshop, no registration is required.  Meet in the Conference Room on the lower level.

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 LogoDespite Queen Bey’s endless proclamations to remain Jay’s “ride or die” chick, many of her self-penned hits have extreme feminist undertones.

We’ll explore feminism in her lyrics (read: watch YouTube videos), beginning with her days in Destiny’s Child, right up to her latest release, Beyonce. We’ll also survey the ways in which her expressions of empowerment and independence have changed as she became a superstar, mother, and wife; and compare her particular brand of feminism to ideals espoused by Sheryl Sandberg, Fox News, and others.

Depending on students’ levels of Beyonce fandom, booty shaking may occur.

Instructor Erica Zimmerman is a statistician by day, and a hobbyist always. In her other free time, she loves yoga, concerts, and finding the best tacos in D.C. Her goal is to always be the most interesting guest at a dinner party.

This class has limited attendance, so 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.

tabletDo you have a new tablet?
Have you been wondering about downloading ebooks?

Come to Palisade Library with your device, your library card and your questions.

Tuesday, May 20, 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.

6:30 p.m.

KCDC logoLove reading comics and think it would be fun to try making your own? It is! This class will cover simple techniques for creating comics stories that are clear and understandable to the reader, while best communicating your ideas. Then, we’ll talk about turning your comics into physical objects. Everyone will leave with a one-page comic of his or her own that’s ready to be printed.

Whether you’re just starting out or have advanced questions about self-publishing, Josh is happy to help. No drawing experience is necessary. If you have tools—pens, brushes, pencils—you like to use, please bring them. We’ll have supplies on hand, though.

Instructor Josh Kramer is a cartoonist and journalist. He studied journalism at American University’s School of Communications and earned his M.F.A. in cartooning at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt. He freelances locally and self-publishes The Cartoon Picayune, an anthology of comics journalism.

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.

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。


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