The Memory Lab is our latest DIY space where you can digitize your home movies, scan photographs and slides, and learn how to care for your physical and digital family heirlooms.
Want to learn more about the Memory Lab? Come to the Digital Commons to get a tour of the lab and ask questions about your personal archiving project.
The NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment and Certificate are respected workforce credentials that affirm your competency in basics digital literacy skills. This 2-hour practice session will allow you to prepare for the proctored sessions of the NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment, during which you can earn a NDLA Certificate. However, Certificates are not awarded during this practice session
Facilitator: M. Rivera
Location: Computer Lab - Room 311
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.
Join the conversation! This Twitter book club meets every Wednesday of the month at lunchtime to compare notes with library staffers on what you're currently reading. Love it or hate it, we want to know.
Or you can share in person. Just drop into the Popular Library during the meeting and get a free book or audiobook and a stylish but sturdy library tote to carry home your treasure.
The meetings are held from 12 noon until 1 p.m at
NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment and Certificate
The NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment and Certificate are respected workforce credentials that affirm your competency in basics digital literacy skills. A photo ID will be required to logon and a passing score of 85% on each assessment will be required to receive the NDLA Certificate during this 2 hour proctored session.
Proctor: D. P. Grogan
Location: Computer Lab - Room 311
Join us in MLK's Fab Lab and learn how to use our laser cutter!
This class will go over the basics of laser cutting, safety procedures, and the required software (Adobe Illustrator). Students will then be required to design and successfully cut a simple .svg file. Previous knowledge of design software is recommended.
In this 2-hour class, you will learn more features of this word-processing software that can help you further your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.
Instructor: R. Gopinathan
Computer Lab, Room 311
Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics and Word I Basics.
You will learn to:
Navigate and adjust default settings.
Create and insert stylized headers and footers, footnotes, table of contents, indexes and cover pages.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library’s central library, will undergo a complete modernization, starting this year.
Before the library closes, we want you to share your memories about the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
These memories may be curated and shared with the public through social media or collected by Special Collections. A Studio Lab staff member will contact you to help coordinate and execute your recording.
A story time experience for our youngest library users and their caregivers. These 20-30 minutes story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, tickles and bounces developmentally appropriate for children ages birth to when they start walking. Baby Lap Time is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading in a positive and fun atmosphere. This story time is designed so the baby will be in their caregiver’s lap and the grownup is actively involved in the program. It is recommended that each child have their own adult with them.
With television shows like Law and Order and How to Get Away with Murder bringing in amazing ratings, it would be no stretch to say that the average person enjoys fiction about the law. We all like to pretend we are involved in the case by defending the accused, piecing together clues, or even acting as a juror or judge handing down the final decision. We sit waiting until to the end of the episode to see what the truth will ultimately be.
Did you know that Special Collection’s Washingtoniana Room (3rd floor) houses a small collection of Washington, D.C. high school and college yearbooks? Our goal is to obtain a yearbook from each high school and college/university in Washington, D.C. We would love to obtain yearbooks published far enough to have genealogical value!
Unique Portraits and 3D Views of District Landmarks in Dig DC
DC Public Library Special Collections is pleased to announce the digitization of its collection of stereoviews, cartes de visite, and cabinet cards. These unique photographic formats from the late 19th and early 20th century include many of the oldest photographic portraits and views of the district in the library’s collection and are now available for research and reuse in Dig DC.
How is your experience reading these words different than if you were reading them on paper? In what ways does the printed word—and in particular, book reading—alter the mind and human culture? How is digital media rewiring the brain and changing the way we think, imagine, and experience life? These are the kinds of questions the books below explore through perspectives from neuroscience, history, linguistics, media studies, literature, and personal stories.