Educational Programs

financial literacy

Meet, Learn, Know: Financial Literacy

Personal financial management depends on using all the tools available to become money smart. This workshop will be led by a special guest speaker from Capital Area Asset Builders. CAAB is a local organization that helps people plan for the financial future. This class will be held in the MLK Computer Lab, Room 311. Please register here.
readers resources

Meet, Learn, Know: Readers' Resources

Find a new favorite book. Get to know a favorite author. Explore genres and publishing trends. Books are a mainstay of libraries, and DC Public Library has databases for readers of all ages and interests.   This is the final class meeting of the Spring 2015 Meet, Learn, Know: Lifelong Learning course. This session will conclude with a course wrap-up and final thoughts from the instructors.
Joy of Motion

Joy of Motion Dance Classes for Adults

In celebration of April’s Jazz Appreciation Month, Joy of Motion Dance Center will lead dance instruction on jazz dance for adults. Hailed “the area’s most comprehensive dance institution” by The Washington Post, Joy of Motion Dance Center is dedicated to providing unparalleled learning and performance opportunities that reinforce the principle that Dance is for Everyone. Come learn a new step - or two!  
Shirley Chishom

Women's History @ Petworth Citizen Reading Room

Do you want to learn more about history, but your short attention span gets in the way? Do you wish speakers would just get to the most interesting part and leave the rest out? Do you wish history lectures felt more like story telling?  Come to Petworth Library's history series! Hear fun speakers talk about some of their favorite historical events.  To celebrate Women's History month, most of our speakers will be focusing on the ladies this time around:

In Depth Home Ownership Seminar

Need help navigating the path to home ownership? Cedric Lewis, Community Loan Officer at Operation HOPE will share info on how to buy a home. Mr. Lewis will be joined by a team ready to answer your questions. Speakers include a home inspector, loan officer and title company representative. 
Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellingtion

The Art of Musical Composition

Join us for a conversation with three local musicians who will discuss the impact of Strayhorn's composing styles on their work. This program is presented by East River Jazz, in partnership with the DC Public Library.
Image of book cover for Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"Head shot of author Kate ChopinImage of drowning from Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

West End Fiction Book Club

Discussion of The Awakening by Kate Chopin.  Copies are available at the library.  Pick one up and join us!
English Conversation Circle.

English Conversation Circle

Improve your English-speaking skills by talking with other English learners! Participants from all nationalities and all levels of English proficiency will read a variety of news articles and chat with others in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Drop in, meet new people, and practice your English. For more information, contact My Nguyen at 202-727-4752 or
Neighborhood Legal Services Program

Jobseeker Legal Clinic: Breaking Barriers to Employment

Are you a job seeker or a recently hired employee? Are you having difficulties getting or keeping a job?

Book Formatting Basics Using MS Word

Come receive instruction on how to format materials for the Espresso Book Machine (EBM).  Functions like headers, footers, table of contents, and page numbering will be addressed.