The DC Public Library Black Studies Center proudly presents the following documentaries that tell the rich story of African American life, culture and history from the 1920s through the mid 2000s.
Films will be screened in the Black Studies Center, Room 316. For more information, please contact Kenneth Despertt, Special Collections Librarian, at 202-727-1211 or 202-727-1213.
Tues Feb 2 – 6 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate and explore African American history, culture, and issues of the day:February 2 Straight Outta Compton
The emergence of seminal hip-hop performers, NWA, is chronicled in this powerful bio-pic. With O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre. Paul Giamatti co-stars as Jerry Heller. Directed by F. Gary Gray.
147 mins. 2015, R
February 9 Chi-Raq
For those who need to come into the world of computers, this is the class for you. Overcome your fears and gain the skills that can get you ready for the workplace. Also take the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing class as a perfect complement to PC Basics. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.
Instructor: L. D. Wright
Computer Lab, Room 311
Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.
You will learn to:
Identify basic computer components and operating system features.
Learn how to make your new Etsy shop pretty! This class will cover different tools to create a banner and avatar for your shop.
Attending "Etsy 101" is NOT required, but you will need basic web and computing skills.
Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Memory Lab is our latest DIY space where you can digitize your home movies, scan photographs and slides, and learn how to care for your physical and digital family heirlooms.
Want to learn more about the Memory Lab? Come to the Digital Commons from 10-11 a.m. to get a tour of the lab and ask questions about your personal archiving project.
Get up and get moving at our Toddler Story Times. These 20-30 minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities that are designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities and participate in the program along with the children.
Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years. Children and their caregivers, will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
Expand on your basic knowledge and navigation of the computer by exploring the Windows 7 platform functions & features and other Windows management tools .
Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311
Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and PC Basics - Beginner
You will learn to:
Open and navigate Windows Explorer
Pin and unpin application icons to Taskbar and Start Menu
Explore right-click menu features for the Desktop, Taskbar and Start Menu
Any Graphic Novels readers listening? This episode is for you!
Peter and TaChalla have tackled mystery, romance, science fiction, and historical fiction. Graphic novels just seemed like the next logical step. Unterzakhnby Leela Corman is a coming of age story of two Jewish girls growing up in New York in the 1900s.
Join us in the Great Hall on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. for a screening of the DC Independent Film Festival movie Snowblind, the remarkable story of Rachael Scdoris, the 23-year-old blind woman who competed in the Iditarod dogsled race.
Film to be followed by a Q&A session with director Vikram Jayanti.
On Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., join us for Tech Tuesday and the Teen Video Challenge!
The Teen Video Challenge is a competition for teens to create videos that promote reading and libraries under a theme: "Every Hero Has a Story."
See below and check out the CSLP Teen Video Challenge page for details.
It’s time. The third installment of the Library Basement Show is just around the corner (Thursday, Feb. 19) and we have some information to quell your anxious show-going selves, eager to get back to one of the year’s best (FREE) music venues.
The MLK Jr. Memorial Library basement will host Laughing Man, Maloso and Peoples Drug for a seriously excellent show. But who are these creative individuals you ask? Well, the librarians asked them a few questions on topics they believe are incredibly important:
Join us on Thursday, Feb. 26 for a lunchtime book discussion of Lost in the City by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.
Set in Washington and written by a native Washingtonian, these stories reveal D.C. as more than just a city of monuments, but a town filled with living, breathing, and imperfect human beings. The book, the author's first, won two major literary awards.
Meet, Learn, Know is a seasonal course for library users who want to learn about DC Public Library’s extensive database collection and other online resources.
Let DC Public Library librarians guide you through each class and show you how to access and use valuable online tools.
The course for Spring 2015 is “Lifelong Learning." We'll focus on:
A celebration of legendary Washington, D.C. musicians and the historic U Street corridor
Come and celebrate the rich musical heritage of Washington, D.C. and its famed U Street corridor with the D.C. Legendary Musicians on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall!
This musical and dramatic tribute to D.C.'s finest musicians will feature performances by legendary D.C. musicians Memphis Gold, Jimi Smooth, Mark Preston, Greg Gaskins, and more.
There will also be an audio and visual presentation of the U Street Oral History Project.
This is an exciting event for the whole family!