Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Let's Communicate in American Sign Language

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

Join us in this beginners' level class, which covers 100+ ASL vocabulary words and rules of grammar.   Any level is welcome to join the class, review what you know, learn new signs, practice conversation.   FREE and open to the public.  No need to register.  Instructor: Cheryl Lewis. Room A-3 (“A” Level)  
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26th Annual Black Film Festival

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

The DC Public Library presents its 26th Annual Black Film Festival! This year's selections feature award-winning leading men including Denzel Washington, Chadwick Boseman, Morgan Freeman and Boris Kodjoe. Every Tuesday evening in February in Room A-5. Please call 202-727-1291 for titles and more information.

Aspiring Writers Circle

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

The Aspiring Writers Circle meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Digital Commons at 6 p.m. A place for peer support and networking for new and emerging writers, the Circle is open to Playwrights and Poets, Bloggers and Freelancers, Children’s authors and Graphic Novelists, Fiction and Nonfiction writers. 

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.