Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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

An introduction into classical dance

Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The library is the perfect place to introduce children to new experiences. From multi-cultural story times to STEAM activities, the familiar space of the library can be where you child can safely explore something completely unexpected and surprising.
This Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. join us for an all ages look at ballet. Using picture books as an introduction, children will become familiar with the vocabulary of the dance. Then a ballerina will demonstrate an interpretive dance of a timeless, classic fairy tale. After which the children, and adults, will have the opportunity to learn basic and introductory steps and dances to perform for the group.
 
Want to learn more? Check out these ballet books at your local branch.  

Episode 5: "Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen"

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Listen to TaChalla fumble her words and Peter's perfect diction in their discussion of Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin.

June Articles

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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This month's articles explore Internet and privacy issues.
Join in on the discussion Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the Digital Commons at MLK.

 

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Beach Reads

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Hellooo, Summer! Grab a book and let's hit the beach.

About midway through the year a magical thing happens. The winter blues begin to break and the spring shower doldrums are washed away in a bath of sun-shiny splendor. If you're lucky enough to live in DC you will throw open your arms and embrace the swamp sweat that will plague you until October- it is summer in the city, my friends!

While the humidity may not be all that great, and rubbing sweaty elbows with strangers on the train is a guaranteed gross-out on your morning commute, let's all take a moment to appreciate that we are a few short hours away from a relaxing beach hang.

'A Long, Fatal Love Chase' by Louisa May Alcott

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

book coverThis romantic cliffhanger about a woman pursued by her ex-lover, a relentless stalker, seems sprung from today's headlines. Yet Alcott (1832-1888) wrote it more than a century and a quarter ago, in 1866 (two years before the appearance of Little Women), only to see it rejected it as ``too sensational'' by the magazine that had requested it. The novel has remained unpublished until now. Its heroine, the lonely, trusting 18-year-old Rosamond Vivian, who lives with her flinty, unloving grandfather on an English island, falls for the cynical, suave Phillip Tempest, who's nearly twice her age.

Published on Sunday, June 1, 2014


Octavia Butler Dawn coverLilith lyapo awakens in a room without windows, where voices speak to her from a mysteriously lighted ceiling. But she is not mad. She is a captive.

Her jailers are the Oankali, an alien race who has taken it on themselves to save humanity from a war-torn, dying earth, much as humanity once felt responsible for saving condors or tigers. After many years of studying Lilith, the Oankali tell her that she is to be the new go-between for humans and aliens. She is to explain to them the new rules of living on earth... including the fact that humans can no longer procreate without an Oankali go-between. 

Published on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.

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Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

Published on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya AngelouThe DC Public Library celebrates the life and work of Maya Angelou, who died today at age 86. A poet, author, dancer, and civil rights activist, Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographical works, which began with 1969's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her book of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, Angelou was also awarded a National Medal of Arts, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and more than 50 honorary degrees. 

The Library is proud to hold a wide selection of Maya Angelou's work:

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