Educational Programs

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Waste Not: Food Waste, Resource Conservation, and You

The American food industry discards 150 million pounds of food every day - the equivalent of 523 Titanics per year. This class will review the causes of food waste and ways to reduce it, debunking myths along the way. For example, is the food you are throwing out actually bad? In addition, you’ll learn about the environmental damage caused by food waste, and various efforts to co-opt the current agricultural system to help feed local communities. This class will be led by William Reid who, in an effort to prove a point, survived off of food waste for over two years.
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History and State of DC's Black Press

Join four local journalists, editors and publishers for a lively and informative discussion about the history and state of the Black Press in Washington City from the first abolitionist newspaper founded before the Civil War to the challenges and opportunities facing black journalists in today's local media scene. The panel will be moderated by Denise Rolark-Barnes, Publisher of The Washington Informer.
Learn about the library’s online collection of    electronic resources. This program is for adults.

An Introduction to Database Research

Learn about the library’s online collection of electronic resources. This program is for adults.    
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UNCENSORED - Fully Charged Productions Presents: Banned!

Books are dangerous. Books contain ideas. Ideas are dangerous. Ideas make people question. Questions are dangerous. Questions lead to thinking. Thinking is dangerous. Books are dangerous. Stay safe. Avoid books.
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Drive New Business with Social Media (Registration Required)

Drive New Business with Social Media is a Constant Contact seminar in which you will learn how to engage the various social media platforms to drive your new business towards success.  This 2.5 hour presentation will be chock full of best practices and marketing tips for new and established business and non-profits.Register Now

Financing Your Retirement

Are You Ready for Retirement? Attend this free workshop on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 2 - 4 p.m. and learn about: How to create a guaranteed life time income Protect your money from economic downturns   Minimize taxes paid on your retirement dollars   To register please call or visit: Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Road NE 202-281-2598  

The World of Salt : An Introduction

From coarse Himalayan Pink to smoky Danish Viking, there are a plethora of sea salts from which to choose. Learn about the various types of salts from sea harvested to mined. From Smoked to Infused, try a variety of different sea salts and learn what the fuss is all about! Venture on a journey with experts from Bazaar Spices through the world of salt and hear about different techniques to enhance the flavor of your meals.

Lock it Down: Strategies for Online Digital Security

Join knowledgeable members of CommunityRED for an overview of simple things the average user can do to increase their digital security across multiple online accounts. The session will cover topics like how to create secure passwords, using password managers, and ins and outs of two-factor authentication.   Different strategies and tools will be demonstrated and all are welcome no matter where you are at in your computer skills.
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Eclipse Watch Party

Can't find solar eclipse glasses? Want to see the full solar eclipse instead of the partial one visible in DC? Are you wondering what all the hubbub is about and want to hear from the experts? Join us as we live stream NASA TV on our large projection screen from 1 - 4 p.m. They will be showing the eclipse as it happens across the country, share scientific information about what is happening and connect you with others watching across the nation. All ages welcome.
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NorthStar Digital Literacy Proctoring

Earn your Northstar Digital Literacy Assesment (NDLA) Certificate during scheduled proctored sessions. A photo ID will be required to log on and a passing score of 85% on each assessment will be required to receive the NDLA Certificate.  Appointments are available Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call 202-671-3121 or visit the Information Desk on the lower level of the library to schedule an appointment. Assessments are available in the follow basic digital literacy skills: Computer Basics