Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Monday, May 12, 2014

The MLK Library Renovation Blog is live. Get up to date information about the status of the project and leave your comments. Check it out.

Winner of the Kindle Fire Summer Reading Raffle

Published on Friday, September 19, 2014
Christopher Zane

The Children's Staff at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library would like to extend a huge congratulations to Christopher, the winner of the Kindle Fire raffle for completing this year's summer reading program for 6-12-year-olds, Fizz Boom Read. His name was drawn out of many fantastic readers who completed the program this summer.

In awarding Christopher with his prize, we got to know a little bit about Christopher, and loved hearing what he had to say about his favorite books and library activities!

Episode 1: Battle Royale

Published on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Books and music...Books and music...BOOKS AND MUSIC!

Anne, Ashton, and TaChalla have taken their two favorite things and created the greatest podcast ever! Join the talented trio as they discuss the psychological thriller, Battle Royale by Koshun Takami, and the tunes to match it.

'Kinsey and Me,' by Sue Grafton

Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

book coverFor this month's Talking Book Club, we'll be discussing Sue Grafton's 

Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Image of women in a picket line from The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and ArchivesThe opportunity to seek and keep employment is a basic right of every individual in the United States. This right not only allows you to pursue a career of your choice, but grants you more diverse opportunities to choose where to live, where to send children for school, and the proximity to social and community activities.

Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

pulitzerThe Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. 

Debuting several new DC fiction tours in the app

Published on Monday, September 15, 2014

DC By the Book Tours

DCBTB app logo

We’re all set for four great DCBTB tours as part of WalkingTown DC.  The schedule is:

Listen Here!

Published on Monday, September 15, 2014
beat club
Barrett Jones is the founder of Beat Club, a digital music jam for held in libraries, schools, museums, and homes across the district. The club gives kids and teens a chance to learn about digital music by providing a wide range of electronic instruments to play with during fun, free-form sessions. The emphasis is on experimenting and trying things out: the typical steps one takes when learning how to use a new gadget.

Published on Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy birthday to children's author Roald Dahl, who would have turned 98 today, Sept. 13!
Roald Dahl
Dahl, born in Wales to a family from Norway, was more than just a writer. Here are some fun facts about the man who brought to life over 40 books, stories, plays, and poems for children and adults:

Wield Your Pen for Good!

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Come re-purpose old magazines and newspapers to create poetry and art. We'll be discussing issues of censorship for Banned Books Week, so here's a chance to wield your pens and markers for good and create something refreshing! Pieces will be used in a display on the second floor.

Blackout poetry is a form of found poetry created by erasing or covering up pieces of text to make poems out of the remaining words. This method of writing poetry is grounded in the principles of modern artists like Duchamp, who pioneered the concepts of art found in every day objects. It can be a great way to jump-start your writing, or to just have some fun! Here are some great examples from our collections and online:

Celebrate the Actor's Life & Work on Mondays in September!

Published on Monday, September 8, 2014
Robin Williams photo. Robin Williams photo.