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"Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye"

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Divided SoulDivided Soul The Life of Marvin Gaye is a biography written by David Ritz.  The book covers parts of Marvin's childhood, through his time spent in Washington, DC.  Detroit, and Motown, and ultimately his death in California.  The author conducts various interviews with those who spent time with Marvin throughout his 44 years of life.  There are many quotes and thoughts from Marvin himself.  

Mr. Ritz explains how Marvin struggled with the music industry, his relationship with his father, drugs, and wives.  Marvin Gaye would have been 45 on April 2, 1984.  Instead, he was gunned down by his father the day before.

Divided Soul is a wonderful book for any reader who wants to know more about the inner thoughts of Marvin Gaye and the thoughts and feelings from those who loved him most.     

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Jazz Appreciation Month

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

milesCalling all musicians!!!
Join Anacostia Neighborhood Library as we celebrate the first true American art form: JAZZ!

Watch as the Anacostia Neighborhood Library is transformed into its very own Cotton Club,
I promise it's guaranteed to be a real gas!

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

oam logoMay is Older Americans Month. Since 1963, our nation has designated this month as a time to celebrate the many contributions of older Americans and to focus attention on staying healthy and active.

From 1963 until 1973, May was referred to as Senior Citizens Month. In May 1974, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month. 

Each year, the Administration for Community Living, an organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, selects a theme for Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow,” focuses on injury prevention.

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014
Dinosaur SchoolIn collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library is excited to continue our "Community Leaders Are Readers" program. 

This monthly program invites children ages 4-8 and their families to listen and discuss stories read by community leaders and participate in crafts.  

Book Recommendations

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April is National Poetry Month. I often use this month to help remind myself how beautiful a poem can be, and I want to highlight some of my favorites.

Published on Saturday, March 15, 2014

March 15 is National Quilting Day! While I must admit that I personally have no skills with a needle, the DC Public Library has lots of resources to help you explore this exciting craft.

Published on Friday, March 7, 2014

Do you need help setting up an email account for your job search or for keeping in touch with family and friends?

Are you having trouble getting your resume just right using Microsoft Word?

Would you like to learn how to use all of the digital resources that DC Public Library has to offer, such as electronic books, audiobooks, magazines and music downloads?

A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014

the_telling_room_book_coverThe Telling Room is a book that is about all of the things it claims in its title, as well as many others. The main character in the book is Ambrosio, a large and boisterous man who lives in Castile, a region of Spain that is known for its unforgiving climate as well as its history. 

Black History Month Celebration

Published on Saturday, February 8, 2014
Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a literary and intellectual force that fostered a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s throughout New York.

Critic and teacher Alain Locke described it as a "spiritual coming of age" in which the black community was able to seize upon its "first chances for group expression and self-determination."

Black History Month

Published on Friday, February 7, 2014

bookOn Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C, the March on Washington -- or the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom -- was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history.

The historic march ended at the Washington Monument across the National Mall to Lincoln Memorial. The organizers' goal was to improve the economic condition of the Black Americans. The march ended with the leaders and organizers of the march meeting with President John F. Kennedy at the White House.

The landmark event for the Civil Rights Movement is credited with winning passage of the federal Civil Right Act of 1963.