Educational Programs

Terrence Johnson

Why Ethics?: Blacks, Jews and the Crisis of Political Solidarity in an Age of Terror

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a talk on the subject of political solidarity, presented by Dr. Terrence Johnson, Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Georgetown University.  For more information, call the Takoma Park (D.C.) Library, 202-576-7764.  
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Digital Download Clinic

Join us on Tuesday afternoons and discover the wealth of online content from the DC Public Library. Topics will range from downloadable books to digital historic photographs. Staff will also provide basic, general assistance with tablets, smart phones, and other devices.
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Lucretia Mott: Speaking Quaker Truth to "Slave Power"

Jamie Stiehm, Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses Lucretia Mott's journey to Washington, D.C. to speak out on slavery, the "peculiar institution."     Peabody Room (3rd floor)
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Etsy 101

Learn how to start your own Etsy shop to sell handcrafted or vintage items. This class will cover the basics of starting an account, adding listings, and more.  You will need basic computer and internet skills to attend this class. Feel free to bring your own laptop, or use one that we will have available. Please register by emailing
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Etsy: Beyond the Basics

Learn how to make your new Etsy shop pretty! This class will cover different tools to create banners and avatars for your shop.  Attending "Etsy 101" is NOT required, but you will need basic Web and computing skills. Please register at

Digital Audio Storytelling Workshop

Learn the basics of audio storytelling! The workshop will consist of three 90-minute classes meeting once a week for three consecutive weeks in the Studio Lab.  We encourage every student to come to each class, as the information will be cumulative. By the end of the course, every participant will produce a short piece to share with the DC Public Library community.  Week One - Wednesday, March 9: Interviewing Basics
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One-On-One Computer Help

Get personalized computer help. Library staff are available for hour-long sessions to help teach computer skills. We can help with:
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Book Hill Talks: Base Nation Book Signing with David Vine

Anthropologist David Vine of American University, author of Base Nation : How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, will be on hand to discuss the complex socioeconomic and geopolitical issues surrounding the establishment and maintenance of United States military bases abroad. 
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E-reader Rescue Weekend

Did you receive a new e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other digital device over the holidays? Want to use it to access streaming and downloadable library resources, including ebooks, audiobooks, and electronic versions of popular magazines? Then join us for a special hands-on instructional session from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., where library staff will provide one-on-one assistance with all of your digital library resource needs.
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Genealogy at Your Fingertips: Database Workshop

Want to discover your family history? Come learn how to access the Historic Washington Post, Historic Baltimore Afro-American and Heritage Quest, a genealogical site. All of these are accessible through and, if you have a library card, you can access them anywhere. Gain knowledgeable tips on how to save your work, email your discoveries to family and create a personal account to maintain your records. Instructors: K. Despertt Computer Lab, Room 311 Required Skills: