Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

'Preservation of the Sign Language' (1913)

Published on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Veditz Film Preservation of Sign LanguageGeorge W. Veditz' historic 1913 film Preservation of the Sign Language, a silent film, will be shown on Monday, April 7 in the Great Hall.

The film is in American Sign Language with no voice or captions. 

ASL/Voice interpreters will be present. 

Printed copies in English of the film transcript will be available.

Discussion to follow film.

Now a recurring Digital Commons course!

Published on Saturday, March 22, 2014
Podcasting gear.

Back by popular demand, what had begun as a trial course in Audio Storytelling is now an ongoing, four-part course for the foreseeable future. 

Beginning in April, students will meet on the first four Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m in the Digital Commons. The goal of this 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.

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

Author Audrey ChinWednesday night I had the great opportunity to attend a reception at the Embassy of Singapore in honor of author Audrey Chin's latest book As the Heart Bones Break.  It was a gala event with the Ambassador of Singapore, his wife, representatives from the DC Public Library, and the local Singaporean community.

Talking Book Club, April 17

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

book coverShortly after elderly Jane Neal finally agrees to participate in the art show to be held in her small village outside of Montreal, she is killed by an arrow through the heart.

As Chief Inspector Gamache investigates, he wonders if her unusual artwork provides a clue to her murder.

Still Life is available as DB 66731 in the Library for the Blind, and in Regular Print and Large Print in the DC Public Library Fiction collection. 

Two Short Works by Famous Authors

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

In March we will discuss two short, less-known works by famous authors:

bridge coverThe Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

On Display in the Great Hall -- and Now Available Online!

Published on Thursday, March 20, 2014
Star Horse & Buggy

The Special Collections Department of the DC Public Library presents an exhibit on The Evening Star newspaper in the Great Hall lobby - to be displayed through mid-April. The exhibit features historic photos, archival documents and original newspapers from Washington's premier daily paper. All materials are from the Washingtoniana Collection, including the Star Collection of the D.C. Community Archives and the Star Photo Collection.

A celebration of the Jewish holiday

Published on Saturday, March 15, 2014

QueenPurim is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, a month of the Hebrew Calendar.  This year, Purim begins on the evening of Saturday, March 15 and ends on the evening of Sunday, March 16.  We will be celebrating Purim here at the Children's Room on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m

Published on Friday, March 14, 2014

Urban pests such a flies, bDawnBiehleredbugs, roaches and rats trouble people in their homes, but the history of pests shows that they are much more than a private problem.

A Family Fun Time Event

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Shamrock CraftLong ago, St. Patrick's day began as a religious holiday that celebrated the arrival of Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. Today, it is celebrated in many parts of the world in the spirit of Irish heritage, culture and good luck! St. Patrick's Day celebrations of today include parades, feasts, Irish folklore and wearing the color green!

We will celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Children's Room on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on March 15 at 11 a.m. during our weekly Family Fun Time.

Register online to win!

Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014