Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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 The novel has remained unpublished until now.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:


Our Friday STEAM program all about seeds and plants

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Friday, May 30, STEAM program will introduce the science of botany! Learning about seeds and plants is a great way to get ready for summer. It also sparks ideas for healthy eating. In this program children will learn about the parts of a seed, germination, and plant structure. They will also plant their own seeds and take home a chart in order to record its growth.
Want to inspire your budding botanist? Check out these titles:

Backyard: Fun Experiments for Budding Scientists
By Lisa Burke

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #4

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Librarians are constantly asked by parents for a series for their child who is an advanced reader. But they don't want content that is too advanced for a younger child. I offer the Incorrigible Children as a wonderful alternative!The Interrupted Tale book art Amazingly pithy, very complex, layered with mystery, and lots of detail for advanced readers. This is an amazing series, but be warned...