BARS is a creative workshop for youth who enjoy rapping and writing spoken word poems. Join "Words, Beats and Life" in Teen Space every Tuesday from January until June to write new songs to original beats & poems and to record and perform. Spend your time making art that makes a difference in your community!
The BARS workshop will end in June with a culminating performance by workshop participants.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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.
Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our popular annual film festival. The 26th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films.
Our Tuesday Night Movies series is on hiatus and will return in March.
Feb. 3 Get On Up
Biographical story of the life of James Brown. Starring Chadwick Boseman, directed by Tate Taylor.
2014. PG-13 (plus short film Almos’ a Man).
The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generations of greatness in art. The family will visit libraries accross the District to celebrate Black History Month with exhibits and hands-on art demonstrations. The show will visit:
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 5, 6 p.m.
Rosedale Library on Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Parklands-Turner Library on Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
Ever wondered how sound works? Explore the world of sound with an experiment using common household items. Then make more noise with the crafty kazoos we'll be making and decorating ourselves. Ages 6-12.
Want to try your own experiments at home? Check out these great books for ideas:
Experiments With Sound and Hearing by Chris Woodford
Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. for a special event featuring Naomi Ruth Barber King, sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mrs. King will discuss her book, A.D. and M.L. King: Two Brothers Who Dared To Dream.
Books will be available for purchase.
Please join us for the first annual Black Studies Center Film Festival!
All films will take place on Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. in the Black Studies Center starting on Jan. 14. Here is the exciting and thought-provoking lineup:
Jan. 14: MLK: A Call To Conscience
Jan. 21: Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings
Jan. 28: Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi, Is this America?
Feb. 4: Do the Right Thing
It's time for all your bullet sweating, pencil chewing, and page stacking to come to an end. And a new beginning.
Nothing beats a keen eye and a clean draft to whip a manuscript into shape.
Join us at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Monday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in Room 207. There you will share your manuscript with a like-minded writer who will edit your work. In turn, they will share theirs to be edited as well.
Staff will make a record of the swap and provide reference materials for the job at hand.