Georgetown University American History Professor Maurice Jackson and native Washingtonians Rev. Sandra Butler-Truesdale and James Bennett will discuss the life and culture of African Americans in Washington, D.C. in the 1950’s. Hosted and moderated by DC Public Library Special Collections.
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 the conversation! This Twitter book club meets every Wednesday of the month at lunchtime to compare notes with library staffers on what you're currently reading. Love it or hate it, we want to know.
Or you can share in person. Just drop into the Popular Library during the meeting and get a free book or audiobook and a stylish but sturdy library tote to carry home your treasure.
The meetings are held from 12 noon until 1 p.m at
Are you a job seeker in need of assistance with your job search process? Then please attend the Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic, sponsored by the DC Public Library, where you will be able to accomplish the job-seeking tasks that support a successful job search..The Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic is conducted in the Computer Lab, Room 311, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Drop-In services include individualized assistance with the following job-seeking tasks:
Creating an email account
Establishing a job board account
A story time experience for our youngest library users and their caregivers. These 20-30 minutes story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, tickles and bounces developmentally appropriate for children ages birth to when they start walking. Baby Lap Time is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading in a positive and fun atmosphere. This story time is designed so the baby will be in their caregiver’s lap and the grownup is actively involved in the program. It is recommended that each child have their own adult with them.
These 20-30 minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children birth to two years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their caregivers are encouraged to engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program.
On the first Thursday of each month, the DC Public Library presents a performance of chamber music. The recital is held at noon in room A-5. Performers include internationally known, local musicians.
For more information, please contact the Information Services Department, 202-727-1291.
A successful writer shares the how and why of a research blog
A NaNoWriMo Event!
Have you been planning to write that great American novel, but find that you are always losing track of your notes? Help is on the way. On Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., a successful writer will demonstrate how to create a research blog and discuss its uses for the aspiring writer. Use of Google tools for file organization and manuscript development will also be addressed.
Learn the basics of audio storytelling! The workshop will consist of two one-hour classes meeting once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Digital Commons.
We encourage every student to come to each class, as the information will be cumulative. By the end of the course, every participant will produce a short piece to share with the DC Public Library community.
Week One - Wednesday, Sept. 2:
Explains the post-renovation spaces, programs and services
DC Public Library and the architect team from Martinez + Johnson/Mecanoo recently released the draft library building program for the renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. A “library building program” describes the types of spaces in the renovated building, approximate square footage allocated for each space, and the programs and services offered in each space.
Kick-off with United Cerebral Palsy Life Labs Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
We are proud to host the kick-off on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for United Cerebral Palsy’s Life Labs2014 DC Enabled by Design-athon, a two-day ideas and prototyping-fest to transform the lives of people with a disability.
Kids made their own Halloween movie for STEAM Team this Sunday
This Sunday, kids at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library made their very own Halloween movie during STEAM Team.
They started by making a pitch, then they created thier own storyboards, filmed, and edited their work using Windows Movie Maker. In just one day they learned how to use a camera, the basics of cinematography, video-editing, and of course, acting for the silver screen. Check out their video!
Check out some new items for our sheet music collection!
Raise your hand if you know it's possible to check out sheet music from the DC Public Library! This week we have received freshly cataloged music for voice and piano. Some worthy titles include:
Neil Young’sFork in the Road for voice, piano and guitar.
Do you know if you have cousins? Do you have aunts and uncles that live far away? Do your parents remember their grandparents? Learning about your family is called genealogy. Take time to ask questions and start to track your own family tree!
Want to read more about families? Check out these titles:
Get your National Novel Writing Month off to a good start
Cross this one off your list: Get ready for National Novel Writing Month in November. Join other aspiring writers on Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Digital Commons, as we begin stacking pages of our manuscripts.
You can do this, and you are not alone!
(Drop by after you vote, or vote in the Great Hall.)
Visit dclibrary.org/nanowrimo for more information about writing events at your favorite downtown library.