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The Center for Accessibility

The Center for Accessibility assists individuals with disabilities to access programs, services, and collections at all branches of the DC Public Library. For information about requesting accommodations, including sign language interpreters, please visit the DC Public Library Accommodation Statement.
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Sign and Read with Us!  Virtual ASL Story Time, Tuesday, August 9th at 2:00 p.m.

Join us on Facebook Live for American Sign Language (ASL) Story Time with Librarians Ms. Janice and Ms. Rachel!  

Janice will sign in ASL and Rachel will read aloud from a fun book, then teach some signs from our story, and how to sign the song “The More We Get Together.”

Even though the program is designed for ages 2-5, all are welcome. Automatic captioning will be available.

Stream on Facebook Live
Follow the Library's Facebook page to receive notifications when Facebook Live programs start.

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Upcoming ASL Interpreted Author Talks at MLK Library

The following author talks will be ASL interpreted and held in person in the Auditorium on the 5th Floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

A separate registration is required for each of these author talks.  To register, click the registration link for the author talk(s) you wish to attend.  
The schedule for August is:

  • Monday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m.
What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen Friedman
Friedman will discuss his photographs of iconic punk band Black Flag with a slide show of photographs and a conversation with the audience. The book is a stunning collection of the most iconic photographs ever made of Black Flag, along with never-before-seen photos and a foreword by Chuck Dukowski. 
REGISTER here for this event.  
  • Thursday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m.
You Can't Be Serious - An Evening with Kal Penn,
Penn will discuss how he built allies and found encouragement in Hollywood before taking a sabbatical to serve in the Obama White House. You Can't Be Serious is a series of funny, consequential, awkward and ridiculous stories from Penn's idiosyncratic life. 
REGISTER here for this event.   
Questions?    Submit your question(s) to the “Contact us” page of the DCPL web site
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Maker Talk with DCPL Labs – ASL interpreted

 The Maker Talk for August is:

How to Read Patterns
Tuesday, August 9th at 5:00 p.m.

This event is virtual and will have one speaker, Molly Stratton. Stratton will give a lecture on how to read sewing patterns, from figuring out sizing to decoding common symbols.
Register HERE.
Questions?    Contact: The Labs at DCPL,, (202) 727-1275.
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NLS Patron Engagement SectionAnnounces Patron Program: The Many Faces of BARD

Beginning August 11, 2022, the Patron Engagement Section will offer a monthly program called The Many Faces of BARD. This program will occur on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It will last for one hour and will cover one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage. Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage. NLS will announce the topic for the next presentation at the end of each program. The first presentation will provide an overview of all of the available BARD products.
These sessions are open to all patrons. They can be joined by going to on a computer or calling 1-669-245-5252. Full Zoom invitation information follows. To call into a session, participants must use the telephone numbers provided here for rather than the regular Zoom telephone numbers.
Upon connecting, participants will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the program begins. When they enter the room, they will be on mute, and they should remain on mute unless the host calls upon them to speak. At that time, they may unmute by using Alt-A from a computer or star 6 if dialing in by phone.
All Many Faces of BARD programs will be recorded. If participants do not want to be on the recording, they should refrain from speaking.

Join Zoom Meeting   
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Meeting ID: 161 116 1911


Join by Telephone
For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.
US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373
Meeting ID: 161 116 1911
International numbers
Join from an H.323/SIP room system
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Meeting ID: 161 116 1911
Passcode: 489758
Passcode: 489758
Skype for Business (Lync)
For more information, please contact:
Tamara Rorie, Head, Patron Engagement Section
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American Sign Language Classes Fall 2022 on Zoom

Please join us for our next series of American Sign Language classes on Zoom.

*Important: Please make sure you have a working web cam on your computer before you sign in to the class.  In order to get the most out of learning ASL, the instructor needs to be able to see the participants and the participants need to be able to see each other as well as see the instructor. 
Here are the classes.  Please choose which one(s) you wish to attend and email or call us with your email address.  We will email you the link to the class(s).
BEGINNING Level (2 separate series)

Thursdays,  5:30-6:30 p.m. 
September 8 – November 17, 2022
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
October 1 – November 8, 2022
This will be a chance for Beginning Level signers to meet and practice conversing and learn some basic signing skills, up to 100 vocabulary words, and rules of grammar. Although focus is on beginners, everyone is welcome to join the class, regardless of skill level.
INTERMEDIATE Level  (2 separate series)

Mondays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
October 3 – November 7, 2022
Saturdays, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
October 1 – November 5, 2022
This will be a chance for signers with some level of signing skill to meet and practice conversing in ASL and learn signing skills, vocabulary words and rules of grammar.   To get the most out of the class, participants should have completed a beginning level ASL class and be familiar with at least 100 signs and basic ASL grammar.  
Questions?  Email the DC Public Library Center for Accessibility at call (202) 727-2142.
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ASL Book Club Wednesday, September 28th at 6:00 p.m.

Do you love to read and talk about books?  Are you interested in participating in an online book discussion in American Sign Language?  If so, this book club is for YOU!  

ASL Book Club meets on Zoom every other month, and our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 6-7 p.m.

The ASL Book Club is facilitated by Janice Rosen, Librarian, Center for Accessibility.

To receive the link, email the Center for Accessibility at

NOTE:  Even if you do not know sign language, you are welcome to join us. Voice and automatic captioning will be provided.

The book for September 28 is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
"Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a rare book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas of honey, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a beautiful barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose--in both the rare book and in his own life"-- Provided by publisher.
The book can be found in the DCPL collection in the following formats:
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East of the River Regional Socialization Hub Presents a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendship Café for Senior Citizens Living in Washington, DC

In collaboration with the East of the River Socialization Hub, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program for Senior Citizens in Washington, DC provides a hearing-loss friendly environment, featuring:
  • Free sign language education
  • Nutritious lunches Mondays through Fridays
  • Nutrition education
  • Health promotion events
  • Field trips and other fun and educational activities
  • Specialized telecommunication and safety equipment, that allows for the continuation of independent living, such as:
  • Sound amplifiers
  • Fire alarms
  • Alarm clocks
  • Smart watches
  • Home phone systems
  • And more!
To be eligible to participate in the East of the River Regional Socialization Hub’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program you must be 60 years of age of older, have a hearing loss, and be a resident of the District of Columbia.
The program is operated by a grant from the DC Department on Aging and Community Living to the East River Family Strengthening Collaborative and is a program of the East of the River Regional Socialization Hub.  The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program operates in Ward 8 and is located at 4301 – 9th Street, SE, WDC  20032.
Questions? Contact: 
Rose Ansara, Director, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, East of the River Regional Socialization Hub
Telephone: 202-744-9649
For more upcoming programs and classes, visit
The Center for Accessibility
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW, Room 205-D
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-727-2142
Videophone: 202-559-5368

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