Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Traditional. Creative. Contemporary.

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If you're like me, you often find yourself staring at areas of your home and plotting your next project. You have an idea of how you'd like something to look, but you cant quite materialize the thought. Luckily, your local library has thousands of interior decorating books. Below, I've compiled a few of my top picks. The design philosophies will be: Traditional, Creative and Contemporary. I'd love to include Shabby Chic and 60's Retro, but they seem to have run their course. 

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Things I've Been Silent AboutAre you fascinated by history?
Are you intrigued by the lives of other people?
Want to spend some time reading entertaining books and talking to like-minded individuals?

If so, join us for the H&B (history and biography) book club, where we will be reading some of the more popular titles that deal with the world’s stimulating past events and people. 

Published on Monday, May 19, 2014

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May 16, 2012 marks the two-year anniversary of the death of Charles Louis “Chuck” Brown, who was affectionately known as “The Godfather of Go-Go.”  Since then, the DC Public Library’s Special Collections Division has been building a go-go music Chuck Brown archival collection to document this exclusively DC genre of music and culture.

Join the Aspiring Writers Circle and Library Staff Read-In

Published on Monday, May 19, 2014
Juneteenth 2014 LogoHave you thought about joining the Aspiring Writers Circle, but just haven't gotten around to it?  Been looking for a project to spark your creativity?  Well, here's your chance! 

The Aspiring Writers Circle and Popular Services staff are celebrating Juneteenth with a multimedia event.  We will be sharing original works and letters from slaves at the celebration. 

We are seeking a variety of performance pieces, so consider this your call for submissions:

Writing Your Memoirs Workshop with Cynthia Kane

Published on Monday, May 19, 2014

Memory TreeLearn how to put your life into words in this writing workshop facilitated by Cynthia Kane.

Cynthia Kane is a professional writer, book editor and coach with a B.A. from Bard Colleges and a M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She has facilitated writing workshops with DC Public Library at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library and teaches creative writing to kids. To learn more about Cynthia Kane, come to the workshop and check out her website.

Published on Friday, May 16, 2014

Outside of reading, one of the greatest passions many geeks have is games.  I love to play video games and trading card games myself.  The library has a variety of books on different types of games that will help you learn how to be a better player, as well as gaming programs of all types for teens and children.  We also have a lot of good stories in the collection where a game of some type is an important element of the story.  One of recent titles that falls under this domain is

May: Older Americans Month

Published on Friday, May 16, 2014

Image of Display for Older Americans MonthMartin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is celebrating Older Americans Month with a display of safety tips and books on older Americans. By using the catching slogan from ACL (Administration for Community Living), the display includes a variety of books from the collection of the DC Public Library.

A Book Club with the Ask Rayceen Show, Our Monthly LGBT Outreach

Published on Friday, May 16, 2014
The Boys in the Band
Mart Crowley's groundbreaking play is this month's title!
Monday, June 2, 2014
6 p.m. 
Auditorium A-5
Print copies of the play aboys in the band covernd dvd copies of the 1970 film from director William Friedkin are available for borrowing!  rainbow flag
for more information, call 202-727-1291

Talking Book Club, June 19

Published on Thursday, May 15, 2014

book coverWritten in 1866, A Long Fatal Love Chase is now published for the first time.

Rosamond Vivian, 18, lives with her grandfather on an island estate off England's coast. She longs to escape the solitude, and the chance arrives in the form of Phillip Tempest, almost twice her age. They marry, and he takes her with him to his villa near Nice. But Rosamond soon suspects that all is not as it first appeared. She even fears that her husband is a murderer.

Episode 4: "Damselflies"

Published on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TaChalla and Peter tackle the fantasy genre in this episode. To help us, we are joined by one of DC Public Library's very own fantasy experts! Click on the podcast to find out who it is.