Educational Programs


Embrace the New Year: Meditation with David Newcomb

Join David Newcomb, long-time meditator, as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives. He will offer a practical technique of meditation that can positively impact your life. Through firsthand demonstrations of this simple yet highly effective method, you will discover the key to deeper concentration, relaxation and profound personal growth. The presentation will also allow time for you to ask any questions you may have.
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OverDrive ...How Do You Do It?!

Do you need help navigating OverDrive? No problem, this is the class for you! Whether it is searching for an e-book or downloading an audio book to your account, we can help. A brief 20 - 30 minute tutorial will be provided on OverDrive. After the tutorial, we can troubleshoot individual issues on your devices.  What do you need to bring? Your device and yourself!  Register by sending an email to
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John Henrik Clarke: High Priest of Black History

Noted author, lecturer, and historian C. R.Gibbs will lecture on noted Pan-Africanist writer, historian, and professor Dr. John Henrik Clarke (born John Henry Clark) January 1,1915 to July 12,1998. Dr. Clarke was a pioneer in the creation of Africana studies and professional institutions in academia starting in the late 1960s. He was a founding member of the Black Academy of Arts and Sciences and recognized internationally as an authority on African and Afro-American history and culture.
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Facing The Rising Sun: The Forgotten Story of Dr. King & Africa

Noted local, award-winning international lecturer, author and historian of the African Diaspora, C.R. Gibbs, will lecture on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Best for ages 13 and older.
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Meditation: A Tool to Balance Your Life

Are you working toward a healthier you in the New Year?  Attend our workshops on Jyoti Meditation led by David Newcomb.  Learn how to reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment, and improve your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  Workshops are free. 
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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EBM Book Publishing

This class will introduce you to the Espresso Book Machine and the requirements for printing a manuscript.
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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