Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Star Wars Day at MLK Library Teen SpaceHave you ever watched the Star Wars movies or the Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network?  Are you looking forward to the Star Wars Episode 7 movie coming out in coming out next year?
For better or worse, the Star Wars universe is a part of our pop culture.  Even if you’ve never seen any Star Wars shows or movies, you’ve probably referenced something from them without realizing it.

Talking Book Club, May 15

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

book cover The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, by Allison Hoover Bartlett.

Journalist investigates famed rare-book thief John Gilkey to uncover his motivation for stealing exquisite literature. Retraces the cat-and-mouse game Gilkey played with Ken Sanders, security chair of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

July Registration Still Open!

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Podcasting gear.
Registration for the July sessions of the popular Audio Storytelling Workshop, which is a four-part course, is still open.  Now is your chance, if you have been considering trying this unique podcasting course.

Students will meet on the first four Thursdays in July at 6:30 p.m in the Digital Commons. The goal of the course is to teach the basics of audio storytelling. 

By the end of the course, each student will produce a five-minute piece to share with the DC Public Library community. Access to recording equipment and registration is required.

Come see our interactive display and try your hand at making poetry!

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014

National Poetry Month began in 1996 when the Academy of American Poets wanted to raise awareness and celebrate the past and present of poetry in the United States. Now it takes place every April, and this year at MLK we’re celebrating the diversity of American poets writing right now. We’ve highlighted works by poets who demonstrate the creative range, racial diversity, and social variety of American poetry.

Just a few you’ll learn about at the display:

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy National Library Week! April 17 is "Support Teen Literature Day," which, in the words of the American Library Association (ALA), raises "awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens."

What sets young adult (YA) books apart from adult books? According to the ALA, YA books

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

Karaoke singers

We had a ton of fun at our kids' karaoke event at the MLK Library on April 13, though you don't have to wait for a library event to break out into song. Why not have a family karaoke night at home? It's simple to plan, fun for all ages, and doesn't have to break the bank.

50th Anniversary of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s seminal album, A Love Supreme. In December of 1964, saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison recorded the album that would become a mark of Coltrane’s spiritual musical expression and listened to for generations to come.

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper to create new forms and structures, most commonly resembling animals.  It is a craft that I sometimes teach during our Manga Club, STEAM Team and Art Attack programs here at Martin Luther King Jr.

Published on Sunday, April 13, 2014

Prom Resources at DC Public LibraryDC Public Library has just had our Prom Expo on Saturday April 5 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Teen Space. Expect to see some pictures and highlights of the Expo up soon.  But in the meantime, if you need help preparing for your prom, school dance, or other social event, we have plenty of resources available to you. 

Check out DCPL's Prom Expo page between now and May for all sorts of resources to help you prepare for the big day.