Educational Programs

Do you speak English?

English Conversation Circle

Do you want to improve your English? Come to West End Interim Library to practice your speaking and listening skills. All levels of English are welcome in this informal, relaxed, small group setting.

Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools: Exploring the benefits and challenges

Join this panel discussion on language immersion education in the district in the Great Hall of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Speakers include: Mark Jones, President of DC State Board of Education, Marty Abbott, Executive Director at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, as well as administrators and teachers from local bilingual schools and education nonprofits. WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza will moderate.
Image of JFK assassination in DallasHeadshot of author and journalist Don Fulsom

Who Killed JFK?

Talk by Don Fulsom, a longtime Washington journalist, a former White House correspondent, and a former UPI chief in Washington, on the many continuing mysteries and the latest findings about the killing of President John F. Kennedy in the streets of Dallas more than 50 years ago. 
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Friendship Hospital for Animals Client Education Series

Join us in the Large Conference Room as Dr. Mike Dugan will discuss managing chronic kidney disease in cats. He will cover an overview of kidney function, common symptoms of kidney disease, as well as how to manage your cat's care after problems have been detected. Learn how you can help boost both the quality and length of your pet's life with early diagnosis and good care. Free and open to the human public - no pets please!
Spanish Circle

Spanish Conversation Circle

Charlamos? Do you know Spanish but hardly have the opportunity to speak it? Do you want to maintain your command of the language and even expand it? We have a group for that. Introducing our new Spanish Conversation Circle where participants practice speaking an advanced to fluent level of Spanish.
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Chess Time

Drop in for friendly Chess matches Thursday nights at 7 p.m.   We welcome players of all ages and abilities. This program will be held in the first floor unless otherwise noted.  
Espresso Book Machine

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.  
Mark Greek, MLK Special Collections

Introduction to the Washingtoniana Room & Special Collections

Mark Greek, Interim Special Collections Manager at MLK, will highlight services and collections available for researchers and genealogists in the Washingtoniana/Special Collections Department. Celebrate the Palisades Library's 50th Anniversary at the V St. NW location with this event and many more throughout the day!
Make your home more energy efficient

Energy Efficiency Workshop

Want to cut your energy bills but not sure how? Come to this workshop to learn tips from Energy Efficiency Outreach Specialist Pamela Nelson!
genealogy tree

Genealogy Database Class

Ever wanted to research your family history but didn’t know where to start? West End will be hosting a genealogy database class with Kenneth Despertt from DC Public Library’s Special Collections. Kenneth will present the resources the library provides you access to, such as Heritage Quest and newspaper obituaries. He will also provide suggestions for other, free genealogy resources that could be of use in your search. You are encouraged to bring your own tablet if you can.