Educational Programs


Meet, Learn, Know: Career, Education, Vocation

Professional development is important at any stage of a person's career. It helps to learn new job skills in competitive economic times. This class will cover materials that can enhance your résumé, from education and certification resources to occupation overviews and tips for the job search. This class will be held in the MLK Computer Lab, Room 311. Please register here.
learn a new hobby

Meet, Learn, Know: Learn a New Hobby

"Anyone who keeps learning stays young." -- Henry Ford Learning a skill or hobby does more than add to someone's personal education. Becoming adept at something brand new helps keep the brain sharp and improves neuroplasticity throughout the lifetime. This class will introduce students to databases with instructor-led courses on a variety of subjects as well as databases with materials to help novices and experts alike.
language learning

Meet, Learn, Know: Language Learning

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."  -‒ Nelson Mandela Communication in another language lets people from different places find commonalities. DC Public Library has wonderful resources for people who want to explore the world by speaking new languages.  
business and personal finance

Meet, Learn, Know: Business and Personal Finance

Explore and compare detailed profiles of national and global companies. Make informed decisions about investments. Read business handbooks. Devise a business plan. Get tips on management. DC Public Library's Business and Personal Finance databases are filled with information for analysis.  This class will be held in the MLK Computer Lab, Room 311. Please register here.
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.