Educational Programs

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Summertime Self-Defense Class

Join D'Angelo Kinard of Advanced Sports Performance as he teaches the basics of self-defense during this 90 minute session. Can't make it to this class? Mr. Kinard will also have a session at the Rosedale Neighborhood Library
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Make. Do. Session Featuring Blogger Nicole McLean

You're invited to join us for the next Make. Do. Sessions on Saturday May 14 at 1 p.m. featuring  Blogger and Entrepreneur Nicole McLean. McLean started blogging immediately after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. My Fabulous Boobies began as a personal chronicle of her journey through treatment; a way for her friends and family to keep up with how she was doing.  After providing a window into the life of a breast cancer patient and survivor for many years, Nicole found herself at a crossroad.

An Evening with Y-Love!

Y-Love is one of the most dynamic rappers of our time.  His talents have been mentioned in such news outlets as XXL Magazine, The New York Times, Out Magazine, and the Jerusalem Post.  Hailing from Baltimore City, of Ethiopian and Puerto-Rican descent, and a convert to Orthodox Judaism during the beginning of the 21st century, Y-Love is the first black Orthodox Jewish rapper. He is also the first rapper to come out during the peak of his career.  

Zinio Drop-In Clinic: Download Free Magazines with your Library Card

Read digital issues of your favorite magazines with Zinio, the ultimate one-stop shop for magazine lovers, completely FREE with your DC Public Library card

The Secret History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is considered the oldest celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger entered Galveston, Texas with 2,000 troops. He issued General Order 3, which declared an end to slavery more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.  Many slaves were unaware of the Emancipation degree of January 1, 1863, because of Texas's isolation and the slow movement of news about the Civil War.

Contributions of African American Women During the Civil War

African American women played a fundamental role in the struggle for freedom during the Civil War Era.  Among their contributions, they served as nurses and cooks; operated as spies, scouts and couriers; and supported black troops in many ways.

Freegal Drop-In Clinic: Download Free Music with your Library Card

What is Freegal Music? Freegal Music is a FREE service with your DC Public Library card! Download up to three songs a week and stream up to twenty-four (24) hours every dayfrom ten thousand labels including Sony Music, with your library card and pin number.  Access to over seven million songs which are DRM-Free and compatible with all .mp3 players and computers.
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Homeownership Rights: Hold on to Your Home!

Homeownership is a valuable asset that can bring many benefits to homeowners and their families. However, many homeowners may be facing challenges that threaten their ability to hold on to their home. Join Amy Gellatly of Neighborhood Legal Services Program to learn about how to take on these challenges. Participants will learn about many issues including what to do about large property tax bills, how to apply for home repair programs, and what to do with inherited property to make sure your home is legally in your name.
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Making a Valid Will in the District of Columbia

Many Americans have never seen a will and far too many do not have one. Join Amy Gellatly of Neighborhood Legal Services Program for an engaging talk on the history of wills and how historical figures have used wills – sometimes in highly unexpected ways. Participants will also learn the legal requirements for a valid will in the District of Columbia, the information needed to prepare a will, what happens during a will execution and how to find free, legal help to prepare a will.