Educational Programs

The History and Politics of Gentrification in Mt. Pleasant / La Historia y Política de Desplazamiento en la Mt. Pleasant

Se ofrecerán servicios de traducción de inglés a español en este programa Join University of Maryland scholars Kevin Kim (American Studies), Cody Osterman (History), and Malaurie Pilatte (School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) as they hold a discussion on the history and politics of gentrification in Mt. Pleasant. This interdisciplinary group of researchers utilized multiple sources of data, from archival resources to current day promotional materials, to think through the many changes the neighborhood has seen and continues to see to this day.
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Make Your Own Kente or Adinkra Patterned Bookmarks

Did you ever wonder what the patterns mean in Kente and Adinkra cloth? Come join us for an afternoon of learning, fun and creativity as we make our own Kente patterned laminated or pouch bookmarks.  A Genuine Kente and Adinkra blanket will be on display.
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African American Database Demonstration

Come and learn how to navigate African American e-resources accessible on the DC Public Library's website.
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Understanding Credit for Military Personnel

Military personnel have a lot at stake when it comes to their personal finances.  Did you know that a bad credit score could lead to having your security clearance revoked?  Come and learn how you can take control of your credit.
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Let’s Talk About Sex … To Your Children

In sex ed classes, high school students often ask amazing questions but lament that “my parents won’t answer.” Whether you’re a parent now or might be one in the distant future, this class will help you learn the common questions and best practices for talking about sex with your kids, allowing you to become the parent who does answer. This program requires pre-registration to attend.  To register online please visit our partner at KCDC.
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The Basics of Investing

Knowing how to secure your financial well-being is one of the most important things you’ll ever need in life. You need to know a few basics, form a plan, and be ready to stick to it. There is no guarantee that you’ll make money from investments you make. But if you get the facts about saving and investing and follow through with an intelligent plan, you should be able to gain financial security over the years. Time can be one of the most important factors determining how much your money will grow. Don’t put off learning about investing. Join us as we cover:
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How to Become Financially Ready to Start Your Business

Starting a business does not necessarily require external funding or raising a lot of money through startup or venture sources. In fact, self-funding a business is very common. But if you do go down this path, how can you increase your odds of success? How should you decide how much money you need and when to say goodbye to your day job? In this workshop, you will learn how to:
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Could I Really Buy a House in This Crazy D.C. Market?

Are you curious about certain neighborhoods and their average home prices? How about new development and public transportation options? Getting a roommate to offset your mortgage payment? We’re here to answer your questions and help you figure out whether you might be able to call yourself a homeowner in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.
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Know Your Money: Student Debt

The cost of education keeps rising, and many young professionals find themselves with student debt that prevents them from planning for major life events or saving for retirement. This session will teach you how to find balance so that you don’t end up in a place where you have to put your whole budget toward debt repayment. In this class, you will learn:

Coffee Tasting with Peregrine Espresso

In partnership with Peregrine Espresso, patrons can learn more about coffee and taste the delights of a variety of beans at West End Interim Library's Coffee Tasting program. Free.