Educational Programs


Job Seekers Skills Workshop

Joe Ryan is the managing principal of He has extensive experience in the private, not-for-profit, and public sector markets. His expertise includes: career management and transitions, executive development and coaching, executive searches, and human resources development.  
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Escape the Ordinary--

Group reading of James Thurber's classic short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" a-l-o-u-d and round robin style and with a discussion afterward

Petworth Pacers' Walk & Tour

Adults, meet us at Petworth Library to join in a leisurely neighborhood walk to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, where the enthusiastic staff librarian will lead us on a tour of the lovely library at this historic site! PLEASE call 202-645-8337 by Friday, June 12 to notify us of your participation. Cold bottled water and snack bars provided for the outing. Children in strollers are welcome, too. Our walk is rain or shine, so bring an umbrella in the event of rain.

Murder Bay, Hell's Bottom, and other Long-Gone D.C. Neighborhoods

Take a breather from the luxury-studio-filled D.C. of today, and travel back in time to Washington of the 1800s, when crime was rampant, gangs ruled the streets, and centers of vice and prostitution flourished within sight of the White House.

Lincoln's Lessons: Knowledge. Law. War.

How do you teach yourself with nothing but a barrel of books? Is it possible to save the rule of law by breaking the law? How can a war be waged without deeming the other side an enemy?
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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

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