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Natural Awakenings Washington DC Metro

MLK Library Opens the Digital Door to City Residents

Nov 25, 2013 02:57AM

One of the best kept secrets in Washington D.C., found on the first floor of the Martin L. King Jr. Library (address) is known as the Digital Commons.  With more than 70 computers, loaded with a multitude of useful programs such as the Adobe Creative Suite, and a long list of available classes, this resource offers to residents and other library-users a wide range of technical and digital experiences.  At the Commons, participants can take classes in how to make an iMovie, use PhotoShop, or create their own music with GarageBand.  The newest tablets and e-readers are available for patrons to give these devices a test-drive. The Digital Commons also keeps a 3-D printer and offers classes on how to utilize this new and innovate technology.

Along with the classes, the Digital Commons offers a free gathering and work spot, called the Dream Lab, which, according to library sources, supports “small organizations, groups and individuals using information technologies to develop and sustain new ventures”. Those seeking to become part of Dream Lab must apply to become a member and once accepted, must dedicate one hour of “public programming” per month related to information technologies or digital literacy.

For more information about The Digital Commons and the Dream Lab, visit and search under Library Services. 


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