Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Access I Basics

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Get introduced to the world of Microsoft Access, a powerful relational database. Explore and navigate the Access program window and learn the concepts and structure of data storage in Access.   Instructor: P. McFadden Computer Lab, Room 311 Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate, Excel I Basics, Excel II Intermediate and Excel III Advanced. Familiarity with the keyboard is also required. You will learn to:
The Blackest Market: Kidnapping and the Domestic Slave Trade

'The Blackest Market: Kidnapping and the Domestic Slave Trade'

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

The reverse underground railroad — the black market underworld in which legally free people were kidnapped and traded as slaves — has been thrust into the public spotlight with the recent release of the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave. This practice, which has since been largely forgotten, is one of slavery’s darkest secrets. University of Maryland History Professor Richard Bell will present a lecture on the subject in the Black Studies Center, Room 316, at 6:30 p.m.
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Making Minicomics and Zines

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Learn to self-publish your own zine or minicomic entirely on a photocopier. We'll start by looking at some particularly innovative examples. Then we'll talk about techniques to create and mass-produce little booklets, and how to go from art or text all the way to a finished product. In groups, we'll assemble a class zine and you'll leave with your own copy.  Bring a page or two of whatever you'd like to add to the class zine: something from your sketchbook, a magazine clipping, a banana, whatever! 
March on Washington

District of Change: Is D.C. Still Chocolate City?

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 7 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, the first District of Change of 2015 will explore: Is D.C. Still Chocolate City?  The District of Columbia has always been rich in black culture and history. How will the more recent years of urban development and gentrification alter the racial, cultural, and political map of our city?
Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 (All day)

Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.
Stories for Twos and Threes

Tales for Twos and Threes

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 10 a.m.

Children will hear short stories, sing, do fingerplays, and dance and move to popular songs. 
Tales for Preschoolers

Preschool Story Time

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 11 a.m.

This story time helps children with early language and literacy skills through reading stories, singing songs, learning new rhymes and honing visual literacy skills with the librarian.

Google Partners Connect + Bonus Group Coaching: Webinar with Google Experts on How To Grow Your Business (Registration Required)

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

Join us for Google Partners Connect, an exclusive Google webinar, featuring Google experts on how to grow your business.  An introductory discussion will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Google Partner Romona Foster, followed by a 45-minute webinar, featuring Todd Rowe, Managing Director, Global Channel Sales, and Fred Vallaeys, Google AdWords Evangelist. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session, hosted by Google Partner, Romona Foster, and conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Clinic

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 2:15 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.

PC Basics

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 4 p.m.

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: D. Green 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.