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Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Rent Party

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

5:30 p.m.
This event draws inspiration from house-rent parties that flourished in the black neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., and other cities, during the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and later decades. For a minimum donation of $10, the Black Space Rent Party will feature a dance performance, a special music mix, and informal games of bones (dominoes) and spades.

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Art Exhibit

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

(All day)
Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.
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Orwellian America Conversation: Privacy vs. National Security

Library Takeout

2 p.m.
Join us at the Newseum's Knight Studio for an engaging conversation on privacy and national security. 

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

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Palisades Winter Readathon Ongoing!

Palisades Library

(All day)
The Palisades Winter Readathon is in full swing!  Stop by the Children's Room at Palisades Library to sign up, and earn prizes for reading! The Winter Readathon runs from Jan. 11 to Feb. 28.  This program is for children from birth to age 12.
Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Art Exhibit

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

(All day)
Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.

Get It Write! Study Hall

Mt. Pleasant Library

1 p.m.
Need help with homework? Want feedback on your creative writing? Stop by the information desk! We’ll set you up in a quiet study space and give you tips on how to ace your assignments. On the lower level, every Sunday.
bookcover What color is my world

Get the “Scoop” on Black History

Lamond-Riggs Library

1:30 p.m.
Start Black History Month with a family game time. Get the “scoop” on Black History: We will play "Famous African Americans J-I-N-G-O” --  a Bingo-style game; it's fun for all ages --  and enjoy information  from the pages of What Color is My World?” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. All ages are welcome.

Family Funday Sunday

Mt. Pleasant Library

2 p.m.
A variety of family friendly programs that may include dance, music, movement, movies, sign language and much more. Recommended for ages 0-12.  

I Made It Myself

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

2 p.m.
All ages arts and crafts.

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Art Exhibit

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

(All day)
Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.
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Black Space: Century Song

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
Please join us in the Great Hall for a very special event. Holly Bass and the Birmingham Jail Players present a recitation of work by notable black artists and intellectuals set to an original score by DJ RBI in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Association of African American Life and History, which was founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926, which evolved into what we now celebrate as Black History Month. For all ages!
Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space: Century Song, An Evening of Black Thought and Music from 1915 - 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
Holly Bass and the Birmingham Jail Players present a choral recitation of work by notable black artists and intellectuals set to an original score by DJ RBI in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Association of African American Life and History, which was founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926, which evolved into what we now celebrate as Black History Month. This event is free. 
C.R. Gibbs

C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

Capitol View Library

7 p.m.
In celebration of 2015 African American History Month, noted historian C. R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation from his African American History and Culture Series at three neighborhood libraries:   Capitol View Library, Monday, Feb. 2: "Tan Yanks: The District's Black Doughboys of World War I" Capitol View Library, Monday, Feb. 9: "Unbroken Bonds: The African Origins of Fraternities, Sororities and Other Organizations"
Black History Month

Kid's Night - Celebrate Black History Month!

Mt. Pleasant Library

7 p.m.
During the month of February we'll be celebrating Black History Month during Kid's Night on Mondays at 7 p.m.   Monday, Feb. 2 - ​​Celebrate the legacy of Jesse Owens! We’ll talk about how he made Olympic history and play some games inspired by his gold medals.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Art Exhibit

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

(All day)
Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.

Black History Month Movie

Rosedale Library

4:30 p.m.
To kick off Black History Month, families can enjoy a movie about a teacher named Dorothy who gets whisked away from her intercity neighborhood to the mysterious land of Oz. This G-rated movie stars Diana Ross and Michael Jackson and runs for 134 minutes.
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26th Annual Black Film Festival

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6 p.m.
The DC Public Library presents its 26th Annual Black Film Festival! This year's selections feature award-winning leading men including Denzel Washington, Chadwick Boseman, Morgan Freeman and Boris Kodjoe. Every Tuesday evening in February in Room A-5. Please call 202-727-1291 for titles and more information.
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Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln: How They Ended Slavery and Saved The Union

Southeast Library

6:30 p.m.
In early recognition of the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass's birth in 2018, you won't want to miss an engaging presentation and discussion by author Paul Kendrick about the relationship between Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Art Exhibit

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

(All day)
Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.

Pre-School Story Time

Mt. Pleasant Library

10 a.m.
Stories, songs, and rhymes for ages 2-5, with their caregivers. For safety's sake, there is a limit of 75 participants for each story time. Remember -- there is a story time at 10 a.m. and another repeated at 11 a.m. To schedule a class visit, please call 202-671-3125.

Pre-School Story Time

Mt. Pleasant Library

11 a.m.
Stories, songs, and rhymes for ages 2-5, with their caregivers. For safety's sake, there is a limit of 75 participants for each story time. Remember -- there is a story time at 10 a.m. and another repeated at 11 a.m. To schedule a class visit, please call 202-671-3125.
Come celebrate Black History Month at the library

Black History Month Kick Back

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

4 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month in Teen Space! Join us for a discussion of black music, a black history quiz show contest, and more. Ages 13-19. 
Michael W. Brookins

Michael W. Brookins and Friends in Concert

Capitol View Library

6:30 p.m.
Calling all music lovers in celebration of 2015 Black History Month! Please join us at the Capitol View Library on Wednesday, Feb. 4 or the Tenley-Friendship Library on Thursday Feb. 26 for a gospel/jazz concert featuring pianist Michael W. Brookins.   Mr. Brookins has played piano for the last thirty years in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago Metropolitan areas. He has been involved in the formation of several local bands that play a gospel/jazz fusion, better known as "Jazzpel." 
The Warmth of Other Suns

History Book Club

Northeast Library

7 p.m.
As a part of the library's Black History Month celebrations, History Book Club will be reading and discussing The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Black Space with Holly Bass

Black Space Art Exhibit

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

(All day)
Black Space is an art exhibition by Holly Bass in the Great Hall of the MLK Library. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, which has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. As D.C. residents, we all occupy black space, regardless of ethnicity or background. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.
Book cover for King Hedley II by August Wilson

Literary Book Club

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

2:30 p.m.
King Hedley II is the eigth play in August Wilson's 20th Century cycle of plays. It takes place in 1985, and centers on King, an African-American man in his 30s, living in Pittsburgh's Hill district with his wife Tonya and his mother Ruby. The return of Elmore, a former boyfriend of Ruby, to Pittsburgh leads to the climax.
We March by Shane Evans

Black History Month Family Story Times

Anacostia Library

6 p.m.
The Anacostia Neighborhood Library is proud to present special family story times every Thursday at 6 p.m. in February as part of our celebration of Black History Month.
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Celebrate Black History Month with Uncork'd Art

Northeast Library

6 p.m.
Have fun painting an African American inspired artwork on canvas for you to take home. Supplies and instruction will be provided by Uncork’d Art. Registration is limited to the first 10 adults—sign up with staff at the Adult Information desk or call 202-698-1363.  This program is made possible by the Friends of the Northeast Neighborhood Library and Uncork'd Art.  
Painting by C.R. Wells of the Jackson Family Art Show

Celebrate Black History Month with the Jackson Family Art Show!

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6 p.m.
The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generation of greatness in art! Come to the MLK Memorial Library to celebrate Black History Month with an art exhibit, reception, and hands-on art demonstration and art show. The Jackson Family Art Show will also visit: Rosedale Library on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Parklands-Turner Library on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
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West End Nonfiction Book Club

West End Library

7 p.m.
Join the West End Nonfiction book club for a discussion of National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward's memoir Men We Reaped.