Educational Programs

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Democracy’s Great Outdoors

The Peabody Room (3rd floor) presents Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, who will discusses how America’s first landscape architect made the U.S. Capitol’s grounds, gardens and veranda sing of democracy.  
Neighborhood Legal Services Program

Background Checks: Know Your Rights!

Are you a job applicant with concerns about what employers might find when running a background check? Come to this interactive workshop to learn about your rights during the job search if you have a criminal record (either convictions or arrests) or problems with credit reports.

Genealogy Database Workshop

Want to know  your family history?  Come out, discover and learn tips on how to access Heritage Quest, Historic Washington Post and The Baltimore Afro on researching your family’s roots. Basic computer knowledge and internet skills are required for this workshop.   This workshop will take place in the Main Meeting Room, 2nd floor.
CR Gibbs DC Emancipation 2016

Before Emancipation: Slavery and Freedom in the District of Columbia, 1790-1862

In honor of D.C. Emancipation Day, noted, local, award-winning international lecturer, author and historian of the African Diaspora, C.R. Gibbs will present a lecture  entitled,  DC Emancipation entitled, “Before Emancipation: Slavery and Freedom in the District of Columbia, 1790-1862. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at  7 p.m.
Opera Lafayette

Opera Lafeyette

This musical performance and educational workshop, presented by Opera Lafayette, is one of a three part series of programs at DCPL, speaking to 'dangerous love' as an aspect of mythology, and used by early opera composers to create uniquely dramatic characters. The programs will lead the audience from antiquity, through the French Revolution, to understand how early music grappled with 'madness', 'grief', and the extreme follies of 'dangerous love'.  
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Job Search & Career Workshops with Joan Sherman

Joan Sherman is a Career Coach who has more than thirty years of experience in the business sector. In addition, Joan was a Career Counselor at the George Washington University's Career Center. She will lead two workshops for job seekers. The topics are (1) What I'm Doing Isn't Working, and (2) Networking: Creating a Map to the "Right" Job Destination. Space is limited to 12 participants. Please contact to register.
Opera Lafayette

Opera Lafayette: Educational Workshop

This educational workshop, presented by Opera Lafayette, is one of a three part series of programs at DCPL, speaking to 'dangerous love' as an aspect of mythology, and used by early opera composers to create uniquely dramatic characters.
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Navigating the Food Label Mumbo-Jumbo

Deborah Chin of Natural Vibrations will teach you how to navigate the mumbo-jumbo of food labels in this free workshop. Learn what to avoid and what to shop for.

Women in the Arts

Come and join the celebration of Women's History Month by attending an invigorating lecture by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). A representative from NMWA will discuss local women artists. No registration is required. Just show up, and bring your friends while you're at it.
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ESL Conversation Circle

Practice English with other adults. Volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center will facilitate ninety-minute sessions for those who already have some conversation skills. This is a free event.