Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Friday, July 19, 2013

magazine coverIf you haven't had the chance to check out Zinio, DC Public Library's new online database of free magazines, now is a great time to do it!

Browse through over 150 popular titles like Consumer Reports, ESPN Magazine, and Newsweek. You get to keep them forever.

Take them with you on vacation or while commuting to work when you download issues to your smartphone, iPad, or tablet.

Check it out today!

Published on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jacket coverThe Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught me about Service, Hope and Healing, Susannah Charleson's follow-up to her best-selling Scent of the Missing, continues the story of services that dogs can provide regardless and perhaps in spite of their pedigree.

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Technology is closing the communication gap between the Deaf and Hearing communities in D.C. and around the world, with Gallaudet University leading the way:

This new series will spotlight innovations that impact Washington and the rest of the world. Check here for future stories in this series, or visit our Digital Commons page online and walk into the Digital Commons to further witness the technology that powers our dreams.

An Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Digitally Painting of a pearCould you be the next Leonardo Da Vinci? Try your hand at Digital Painting in Photoshop.

Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc. are applied using digital tools and brushes. You’ll learn painting tools, brush settings, how to blend and adjust colors, and more. Finally, you’ll create a painting of your own!

A National Archives Guide

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Cover Tracing Caribbean ancestry

An Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Published on Monday, July 15, 2013

Photoshop Cs6Want to give your photos a makeover? It feels like magic in Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop is a staple in all the visual arts - from print design, to photography, to Web design, to motion graphics and 3-D graphics. In Photoshop 101, you'll learn fun and easy ways to edit and enhance your photos using common tools. You’ll learn to crop, scale and rotate, color correct, work with layers and more. Finally, you’ll practice your new skills on a photo and personalize it with text.

This tutorial is perfect for first-time Photoshop users.

Published on Sunday, July 14, 2013

Adobe Illustrator CS6 logoIn this hour-long class we will learn the basics to get you started designing content for print or web. The first half of the class will convene in one of our Digital Commons meeting spaces, where we will take a guided tour of navigation panels and tool bars. We will learn how to use and manipulate basic design elements, import files, set page preferences and discover a few shortcuts along the way. We will finish by designing a logo for yourself, your business, your nephew, or whatever you like with work sessions on our new Macs.

A Vine tutorial

Published on Saturday, July 13, 2013

VineRecord quiet moments, artistic narratives, or just plain goofy fun with an app called Vine!

Essentially a stop-motion video app for your iPhone, Vine lets users create their own short, 30-second films to share with the world.

See an example here!

All ages are welcome. Please bring your own iPhone. Starting July 17, sessions will host seven students at a time every Wednesday at 1 p.m. for approximately 1 hour. Props are recommended but not necessary. Sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact My Nguyen.

Published on Friday, July 12, 2013

bookcoverIt's a graphic novel so disgusting that you won't be able to put it down. The main character, Detective Chu, literally takes bites out of crime whether they're fresh or fetid and decomposing. Tony is a cibopath, meaning that he gets psychic information from the food he eats. If he eats an apple, he learns about how the apple grew, and if he eats a hot dog, he feels something much different.