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Bare Bones French

Build a basic — very, very, very basic — foundation of French language skills. You’ll learn pronunciation techniques, simple words, and common phrases. No longer will you butcher “pinot noir” at  restaurants; instead, you’ll flourish in a sea of “eaux,” “oiu,” and other throaty Francophone sounds. All just in time for Bastille Day!
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E-Reader Help

Confused about how to download books and media to your e-Reader? Bring your fully charged iPad, Kindle, Nook, tablet, smart phone or laptop and get help! You will need a library card to get set up. If you don't have one, you can sign up in just a couple minutes. Check the list of what you need to bring.

Citizenship and Naturalization Drop-in Clinic

Update:  A representative from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's office will attend the 8/24 session.   Interested in becoming a U.S. Citizen? A representative from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be in room 221 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to provide one-on-one information about the process. Get started on the Pathway to Citizenship or find out more about testing, application, and the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.
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Neighborhood Heroes: Francis Gregory

Fred Gregory, astronaut and son of Francis A Gregory, will share the story of his aeronautic career and his family’s remarkable history and connections to D.C. Francis A. Gregory was the first black President of the Library's Board of Trustees and a longtime neighborhood leader in the Fort Davis area. Fred Gregory attended Anacostia High School before graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy and George Washington University, and was a member of NASA's first co-ed and multi-racial class of astronauts in 1978. 
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Making the Case for Mobile Marketing (Registration Required)

How many of your customers and prospects are reading your messages on a mobile device?  And – what impact does that have on what you say, how you say it, Join us to learn the answers these questions and more, so that you can successfully market your business on mobile devices.Register Now  
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Campaigns that Drive Actions: Newsletters & Announcements (Registration Required)

This workshop is sponsored in partnership with Constant Contact, Inc. and is a 2 hour workshop that will introduce Newsletters and Announcements as two marketing activities that can drive your business or organization towards its goals and objectives. Register Now
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Tenley Library LGBT Book and Film Festival

Join Tenley-Friendship Library every Thursday in June as we celebrate LGBT Pride with a fabulous book and film series. This week's film and book will explore the offbeat story of a gay female impersonator in his search for love and a committed relationship.Film:
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Tenley Library LGBT Book and Film Festival

Join Tenley-Friendship Library every Thursday in June as we celebrate LGBT Pride with a fabulous book and film series. This week's event will explore the controversial theme of Conversion Therapy.Film: Come watch a comedy film on a typical American girl cheerleader who is stunned when her parents decide she's gay and send her to a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation.
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'The Grand Old Ditch'

Talk on the past, present, and future of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal by Judith Welles, Canal Trust board member and local history author, including historic highlights and photographs.
Health Literacy for Healthy Living

Health Literacy for Healthy Living

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.