Friday Lunch and Learn is an hour-long bring-your-own brown-bag lunch and Adaptive Technology discussion held in room 215, Center for Accessibility at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library every Friday from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. It is an opportunity for people enrolled in the JAWS classes to share information.
Throughout history and across cultures, embroidery has been used to embellish and add significance to clothing, accessories, and household objects. Join Labs staff to learn basic stitches and techniques for making your possessions prettier, or adding an extra special touch to a gift.
Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own fabric or item to practice on.
Let’s Communicate in American Sign Language: Beginning Level
9:30 - 10:55 a.m.
Join us in this beginning level class, which covers 100+ ASL vocabulary words and rules of grammar. Review what you know, learn new signs, and practice conversation. Although focus is on beginners, everyone is welcome to join the class, regardless of skill level. The class is FREE. No need to register.
Class meets in the Center for Accessibility, Room 215.
Let’s Communicate in American Sign Language: Intermediate Level
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join us in this intermediate-level class. Review what you know, learn new signs, and practice conversation. Although focus is on those who already have familiarity with American Sign Language, everyone is welcome to join the class, regardless of skill level. The class is FREE. No need to register
Class meets in the Center for Accessibility, Room 215.
Do you have home movies you haven't watched in forever? Do you have questions about how to preserve and maintain your 8mm films and VHS movies?
Join us in the Great Hall on from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and have your home movies inspected by local archivists. Ask questions and share your movies with the public.
For more information about home movie day visit Center for Home Movies.
Can't get enough of Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering?
Prepare to exhibit your trading card prowess at this day-long event. Enjoy swapability at the expense of your opponents and win weekly bragging rights.
Players will meet until 5 p.m. in Gallery A-6, located on the Lower Level. Games are open to adults and teens and tournaments will be held twice a year.
So, come one, come all; just come ready.
Saturday Technology Training Sessions are an opportunity for members of the Adaptive Technology community to get together and share information in an open environment. Adaptive Technologies are broadly defined to include assistive software, hardware, and systems (like screen readers, speech-to-text, and video-relay-services), but also any procedure for success or approach to achieving a goal that is important to participants.
Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years. Children and their caregivers, will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5
Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies!
Crazy comedy with Will Ferrell enlisting Kevin Hart’s help as he prepares to serve a prison sentence. Directed by Etan Cohen.
100 minutes. 2015. R.
A programmer wins a competition; the prize…interaction with a beautiful artificial woman! Written and directed by Alex Garland.
108 minutes. 2015. R
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns [Parts 1 & 2]
Did you know that the MLK Jr. Memorial Library has a large collection of sheet music, instrumental instruction books, vocal scores for opera and musical theater, chamber music and miniature scores? There are thousands of scores including classical music, jazz, pop, gospel, and folk songs, just to name a few.
While there are lots of picture books - both fiction and nonfiction - that teach children the ABCs, 123s, or valuable life lessons, here are some picture books that do nothing of the sort. They're just silly books that will make you and your little ones laugh so hard, your ribs will hurt. Many of them are genuinely clever, and others are just goofy.
Create your own game, then try it out at the Trading Card Meetup.
Love playing Trading Cards? Come meet creators from the Art Way Allianceon Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. Two of their artists will teach you how to make your own cards and design your own game! As a participant, you’ll learn how to:
· Use the basics of drawing and character design to create your own character
· Develop a character with special powers and spells
Celebrate the opening of The Labs at DC Public Library
Come celebrate the Grand Opening of our wonderful new Labs at DC Public Library.
We will be giving tours and previewing the amazing activities of the Studio Lab and the Fabrication Lab. Enjoy playing around in front of our Green Screen and witness the power of the laser cutter.
The Labs at DC Public Library are ready for you to bring your passion.
For more information, contact Digital Commons at 202-727-1175.
Celebrate Black Music Month and Prince's birthday!
Come join us on June 22 at 6 p.n. in the Black Studies Center for a showing of the groundbreaking 1984 film Purple Rain.
With an award-winning soundtrack and dynamic performances by Prince and the Revolution, this film continues to amaze, 30 years later. The semi-autobiographical plot follows the journey of a young musician facing the challenges of a dysfunctional family, dissatisfied band, and rocky romance, while he discovers his musical voice and his star begins to rise.
3-D print team contributes to collaborative sculpture
Our 3-D printers are still busy working away as the Digital Commons team prepares to open the Fab Lab and Studio Lab.
One of our printers just printed out what will become a piece of a 3-D-printed sculpture of Edgar Allan Poe.
There was lots of fun and games Saturday in Teen Space @ MLK Library, as more than 20 teens gathered to celebrate their accomplishments as high school graduates. There was food, drink, and music while teens played video and board games. Some graduates even came from Maryland to celebrate with us!
Tracy, a Youth Services Librarian, starred as the celebrity guest mixologist, pouring soft drinks for the group. Teens enjoyed a cake provided by the Friends of MLK as well as cookies and chips that were generously donated by Potbelly's on H St. NW.