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Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

William R. Martin

Is Stand Your Ground Law a Great Idea Today?

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 a.m.
 In celebration of 2015 Black History Month, renowned trial lawyer William R. “Billy” Martin will discuss the topic "Is Stand Your Ground Law a Great Idea Today?" Mr. Martin, a guest commentator for MSNBC’s PoliticsNation during the George Zimmerman (Trayvon Martin) trial June to July in 2013, focuses on complex civil and white collar litigation before state and federal courts. He has tried more than 160 cases that have involved large corporations and high profile figures.
Denzel Washington photo

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.
Mom and Me and Mom cover

Southeast Adult Book Club

Southeast Library

7 p.m.
Please join the Southeast Book Club on the last Tuesday of each month for a fun and interesting discussion of the monthly book. In honor of Black History Month, February's book is Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou.
JOMDC

Joy of Motion Dance: Dance Classes for Adults, Teens and Kids

Southwest Library

7 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month "A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture," DC Public Library is pleased to welcome Joy of Motion Dance Center to several branch locations during February to lead dance instruction for adults, teens, and kids.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 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.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club

Mt. Pleasant Library

(All day)
The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month in the main-floor meeting room.We alternate between fiction and nonfiction each month.For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.
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.
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.
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." 
African American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era

African American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

6:30 p.m.
A short walk from the old site of Freedmen's Hospital at Howard University, where a talented and groundbreaking group of physicians and doctors formed the National Medical Asocation, author Heather Butts will present and discuss her new book 

Friday, Feb. 27, 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.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Collection of Gospel Sheet Music

Gospel Music in American History

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

1 p.m.
For our final celebration of Black History Month, we will explore the gospel music tradition, a striking influence on American popular music and this nation's history. The event will feature musical guests La Bella Voce Ensemble, The Metropolitan AME of Washington Choir the First Baptist Church of Randolph Gospel Choir, and the go-go based gospel ensemble, 24/7.
FREED Reenactors

FREED Historical Reenactment

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

2 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, you are invited to travel back in time and experience the lives of the Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (FREED), a historical group portraying freed women and men of the Civil War era who contributed to our history. This distinguished group will transport you with their mission to celebrate the accomplishments of the African American Civil War soldiers and the women who supported their fight freedom.  
Painting by C.R. Wells of the Jackson Family Art Show

Celebrate Black History Month with the Jackson Family Art Show!

William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library

2 p.m.
The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generation of greatness in art! Come to the Bellvue 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: King Memorial Library on Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Rosedale Library on Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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.

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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

quilt

Women’s History Quilt Project

Rosedale Library

4 p.m.
As part of Women’s History Month, children and tweens can make a paper quilt piece about women in their lives or famous women in history. The pieces will be put together as one quilt and displayed at Rosedale for the rest of March.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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.
The Girls of the Atomic City

History Book Club

Northeast Library

7 p.m.
For Women's History Month, Northeast's History Book Club will be reading The Girls of the Atomic City: the Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan.  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mulan

Family Movie Sing-Along!

Palisades Library

6 p.m.
For Women's History Month, we visit a tale of a legendary woman from ancient China. In Disney's retelling of a classic Chinese poem, a girl disguises herself as a boy to take her father's place in the army and fight the invading Huns. Will the Huns conquer China? Will she be discovered? Come to our sing-a-long and find out! This film is rated G, with a runtime of 90 minutes.

Friday, March 6, 2015

wecandoit

Radical Ladies

Petworth Library

4 p.m.
We will celebrate Women's History Month by hearing stories about radical ladies and how they changed the world. Children can have their photograph taken as "Rosie the Riveter." This program is for children age 4 and older.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Pearl that Broke its Shell

Celebrate International Women's Day

Georgetown Library

2 p.m.
Nadia Hashimi celebrates International Women’s Day by discussing her debut novel,The Pearl that Broke its Shell, a luminous tale of destiny and identity in Afghanistan. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, young Rahima dresses as  a boy and gains freedoms that were previously unimaginable… freedoms that transform her forever.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

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.

I Made It Myself

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

2 p.m.
All ages arts and crafts.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Image of actress Mary Ann Jung dressed as colonist Margaret Brent

History Alive!

Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library

1 p.m.
Who lived in Washington before it was Washington?!    Margaret Brent, a colonist who became the first woman landowner and the first woman lawyer in America, takes kids on an interactive journey where they can become early settlers and Indians, and learn what life was like in the 1600s.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Image of actress Mary Ann Jung dressed as colonist Margaret Brent

History Alive!

Palisades Library

1:30 p.m.
Who lived in Washington before it was Washington?!    Margaret Brent, a colonist who became the first woman landowner and the first woman lawyer in America, takes kids on an interactive journey where they can become early settlers and Indians, and learn what life was like in the 1600s.