Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

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Let's Communicate in American Sign Language: Intermediate Level

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, 7 p.m.

Join us in this intermediate-level class.  We'll learn more vocabulary and practice conversation. Anyone is welcome to join the class, regardless of skill level. You can review what you know, learn new signs, and practice conversation.  The class is FREE but space is limited to 25 people per class. Please contact us to reserve your place. Instructors: Cole Huff and Steven Titlebaum.    Center for Accessibility Learning Lab, Room 215.     
Pajama Story Time

Pajama Story Time

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, 7 p.m.

An evening story time where pajamas are encouraged but not required. These 30-40 minute evening programs are designed to delight children of all ages. Filled with stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination, these programs encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. 
Rush Hour Reads logo.The Awakening book cover.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings book cover.Room With A View book cover.The Bluest Eye book cover.Beasts of No Nation book cover.The Country of the Pointed Firs book cover.Winesburg, Ohio book cover.The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie book cover.The Old Man and the Sea book cover.The House on Mango Street book cover.

Rush Hour Reads

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 (All day)

Want to read more? A few minutes during your commute or at lunch can really add up.
Health Literacy for Healthy Living

Health Literacy for Healthy Living

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 1 p.m.

Learn to find and assess quality online health information. This class will be 2.5 hours. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis. Instructors: A. Muhammad, PIA International, Inc. Computer Lab, Room 311 Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Web I Basics. You will learn to: Navigate medical websites. Evaluate medical websites for updates and active links. Research personal health issues.

Twitter Book Club: #DCPLnewYA

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 4 p.m.

Do you love Young Adult books?  YA readers of all ages are invited to join DCPL librarians for a twitter book club (#DCPLnewYA) on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 4-5 p.m.  We discuss recent and upcoming YA releases, share our opinions, report on trends in YA fiction, and invite you to share your thoughts.  Looking for your next absorbing read? You just might find it in #DCPLnewYA.   Find us @dcpl
Computer Keyboard

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Clinic

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 4 p.m.

Self-paced, practice tutorials and custom lessons for improving typing and keyboarding skills to help you create the cover letter and résumé needed to launch your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis. Instructor: D. P. Grogan Computer Lab, Room 311 Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well. Class Objectives: Practice home-row key typing in self-paced exercises. Test your typing skills at various levels of proficiency and speed.
BARS program


Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 4 p.m.

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.

MLKML Tax Preparation

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Free tax preparation assistance, provided by Community Tax Aid. Note: Monday April 18 service will be provided 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Films with a Purpose

Films with a Purpose: Black Studies Center Documentaries for Black History Month

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

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.
27th Annual Black Film Festival logo.Straight Outta Compton movie poster.Chi-Raq DVD cover.The Black Panthers movie poster.

27th Annual Black Film Festival

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 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