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Monday, May 19, 2014

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。


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.

Experience 1940s Washington, D. C. and Harlem (New York City) in U Street's Bohemian Caverns and the Lincoln Colonnade and Harlem's Small's Paradise and the Cotton Club.

Listen to the music and hear the stories of Ella Fitzgerald, Lady Day, Billy Eckstine and other jazz artists. 

Light refreshments.

Wednesday, May 21, 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.

6:30 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.

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.

Image of Granny Weatherall jiltedScreening and discussion of "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," adapted from the 1930 short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Katherine Anne Porter, in celebration of May as Older Americans Month and in partnership with St. Mary's Court, a nearby residential living facility for seniors.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Heritage Quest logoCome learn about one of the library's most interesting and useful databases: Heritage Quest.

We will explore all of the prominent features of the database, particularly use of the online census data available through the website. We will also explore the library's obituary and newspaper databases.

We will also provide time for participants to share their amateur genealogy tips with each other.

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.

Friday, May 23, 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 keyboardCelebrate May's Live to Read, DC's citywide celebration of literature, by learning about the library's Art, Music and Literature Online Resources and how you can use them to find literary criticism and so much more! Join us in room 311 (third floor computer lab) for hands-on instruction and practice.

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 24, 2014

2:30 p.m.

Herbal gardenJoin us for a presentation by master gardener Mia Hawkins of Sweet Plant Nation.

Ms. Hawkins will share about the benefits of herbs and best practices for creating a thriving herb garden. 

Monday, May 26, 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.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

(All day)

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:
quality trust logo

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.

KCDC LogoWriting is hard enough without the fear that you’re putting a comma in the wrong place or using “then” when you should be using “than.” This crash course will improve your knowledge of grammar and writing mechanics, which will give you more confidence in both personal and professional writing. We’ll cover a variety of topics, including possessives, that/who/which, commas, who/whom, and homophones.

Instructor Amanda Milligan is a 25-year-old writer in the online marketing industry. She attended the University of Florida, where she earned a B.S. in journalism and a B.A. in English. Amanda writes fiction in her spare time and hopes to be a published novelist someday. She’s passionate about the written word and is always excited to continue learning.

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

This class is presented in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Free nutrition classes with the University of the District of Columbia.

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.
Globe with Languages


Want to learn Spanish? Chinese? French? What about other languages? The DC Public Library offers great free electronic resources to help you achieve your goals!

All you need is a library card.

Come by for a demonstration on how to use Mango Languages and Powerspeak Language. Both are freely available on our library website. The demonstration will include a tutorial on how to locate these free services on our website, and an overview of each database. Want to get a head start on using these free databases? Click on Language Learning Online. If you are at the library, you will be able to jump on right away! If you are at home or anywhere else, you will need your library card number for access.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
 

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.

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.

7:00 p.m.

KCDC LogoHave you heard about 3-D printing, but still wonder where the paper goes? Are you a designer working on a project that could benefit from rapid prototyping (i.e. making a prototype really fast)?

In this class, we’ll explore the underlying processes of 3-D printing, learn the basics of 3-D modeling using design software freely available on the internet, and discover valuable resources for 3-D printing in the area. Finally, we’ll review the 3-D printing capabilities of the Digital Commons at the District of Columbia Public Library.

Please bring a laptop if you have one.

Instructor Adam Schaeffer is a library associate in the Digital Commons at the District of Columbia Public Library. He teaches classes on 3-D printing and 3-D modeling to the public every month, as well as classes on 3-D scanning and computer programming.

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

This class is presented in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

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