Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Since the start of 2014, the staff at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's Children's Room have been doing a program called STEAM Team.  STEAM is an acronym standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  It highlights a trend in education where students focus on these subjects through enriching activities, which is what the Children's Room's STEAM Team program hopes to accomplish. STEAM in its various forms is also the focus of the DC Public Library's Summer Reading program this year. 

U Street Memories from Duke Ellington to Marvin Gaye: An Oral History Project

Published on Monday, June 9, 2014
howard theatre Help us tell the story of Washington D.C. 's famed U Street, once known as "Black Broadway" and become a part of the Washingtoniana Community Archive!

DC Public Library's Washingtoniana Department is seeking individuals who were either performers themselves, frequent patrons of establishments on U Street or were involved with the scene in some way between the 1940s and 1970s, have vivid memories of their experience and are willing to be interviewed for this oral history project.

On Exhibit in the Great Hall

Published on Monday, June 9, 2014

fd demoIn honor of the DC Fire & EMS Department's 150th anniversary, DC Public Library is proud to present a multimedia exhibit on DC Fire history. The exhibit features photos from the Special Collections Prints & Photographs Collection and historic fire equipment on loan from the DC Fire & EMS Museum. Fires to Remember, a slideshow produced by the Friendship Fire Association, is also on view in the Great Hall through mid-July. 

Published on Monday, June 9, 2014

Doctor Who: the Visual DictionaryCraving your Doctor Who fix? Need to brush up on your Doctor Who terminology? Explore the definitions and inner workings of the TARDIS or the Sonic Screwdriver with this great book Doctor Who: the Visual Dictionary 

On Exhibit in Special Collections

Published on Monday, June 9, 2014

Gay LiberationThe DC Public Library Special Collections Department is celebrating Pride Month with an exhibit highlighting items from Washington's gay and lesbian history. The exhibit features sermons, church bulletins and papers from the R. Michael Vanzant/Faith Temple Collection in the DC Community Archives. Faith Temple, which formed in 1982 for African American and Latino gay and lesbian people in the District, donated its records to the DC Community Archives in 2012.

Published on Monday, June 9, 2014
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Vote, vote, vote, like a baby... Vogon?

Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014
The MLK Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club is looking for a new name! Something shorter and less clunky... something that invokes enchanted quests and the mysterious depths of space... or at least something that looks good on a T-shirt.


Results will be announced next month. And in the meantime, don't forget to stop by the Popular Library to pick up a copy of June's book club pick, Octavia Butler's Dawn, and join us for discussion on the 18th!

Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014

David BrooksAuthor David Brooks shared with his readers some of his favorite titles for summer reading in the New York Times column, "Really Good Books." How many of these books have you read? Need a challenge this summer: read them all! 

Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pride Book CartWoah! Who made that awesome book cart!?

The teens at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Teen Space, of course!

Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summertime has finally come, and with it, some time to do what you want rather than what you need to do for work and school.  With that in mind, learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below, and see if there’s something new and exciting you would like to try.
June 1 – National Cancer Survivors Day 
June 1 – Say Something Nice Day
June 2 – Yell “Fudge” At Cobras In North America Day  
June 5 – World Environment Day