Educational Programs

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Brain Games, Chat & Chew

With many older Americans living with dementia, people are talking about prevention and "neuroplasticity." Petworth Library's "Train Your Brain Games" incorporates enjoyable puzzles, games and mental exercises to help prolong healthy functioning, learning, memory, creativity and flexibility in thinking.
The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense by Suzette Elgin

Soft Answer Verbal T'ai Chi

Suzette Haden Elgin's books on The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense offer brilliant techniques for managing verbal aggression.
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Mini-Social Media Boot Camp + BONUS: Social Media Tips & Best Practices (Registration Required)

This 3-hour combo presentation of the “Mini-Social Media Boot Camp”  and the  BONUS of "Social Media Tips & Best Practices" is co-sponsored by Constant Contact, Inc., and will focus on helping you learn what social media is, how to use it effectively in your business, and how to do more with social media in less time!
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Author Talk: Nancy Bearg

Talk by coauthor Nancy Bearg on The Retirement Boom: An All Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter (Career Press, 2015), with copies to be available for signing and for sale. You can find more information on Bearg and the event here.

Is It a Challenge Today to Discuss Race in America, Publicly?

On May 21, 2014, in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) observed that opposition to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act might be due to the the President being " . . . the wrong color."  

One-on-one computer help

Having trouble with email? Don’t know how to cut and paste? Trying and failing to download library eBooks? Get help for your technology troubles! We can help with the following topics:   Computer and internet basics Email and social media Microsoft Office 2013 Tablets Downloading eBooks & eAudiobooks Jobseeking activities 
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Is The Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Jeopardy?

On  June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby v Holder struck down Section 4b of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.   Under the preclearance formula, nine states and parts of six with a previous history of discriminatory practices were barred from making changes to their election laws without the  approval of the U.S. Justice Department or a Federal Court.  The High Court ruled Section 4b unconstitutional, because the formula in its view was based on decades-old data.
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The Dred Scott Decision: Slavery, Succession and Its Aftermath

On March 6, 1857, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Black people--whether enslaved or free--were neither citizens of the United States nor could sue in Federal Courts.  It also held that the Missouri Compromise (1820) was unconstitutional and that Congress lacked authority to prohibit slavery in the territories.

DC Music Salon - 'Feast Your Ears: The Story of WHFS 102.3'

“Will take you on a psychedelic trip back to the '60s, '70s and '80s when free form, progressive rock radio was in its heyday… HFS was more than just a local radio station, it was the voice of a generation. Hear from musicians, DJs Weasel, Cerphe, Josh, Adele, Thom & more–and fans as they reflect on a time when the music united a tribe who spoke out via the radiowaves about war, equality, and the times.” Filmmaker Jay Schlossberg and special guests will be on hand to show parts of this film and swap stories on what made this station legendary.

DC Music Salon - Boogie 'Til You Puke: The Forgotten Legend of Root Boy Slim

Kicked out of Sidwell Friends, threw out of his Yale fraternity by brother George Bush, climbing over the White House gate on LSD and that’s all before things got really weird after he was signed by a major record label. The life and music of Root Boy Slim are stranger than fiction. The team behind the Root Boy Slim documentary film will give us a sneak peak of this highly anticipated story.