Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Episode 3: "Murder Within Murder"

Published on Friday, April 25, 2014
Join Peter and TaChalla as they go back time in Murder Within Murder: A Mr. & Mrs. North Mystery by Richard and Frances Lockridge. 

Murder Within Murder pictureMr. and Mrs. North have stumbled upon another murder mystery. The victim: Ms. Gipson, a spinster librarian who thinks everything is "nonsense!" It was a usual day at the New York Public Library when Ms. Gipson suddenly keels over and dies. The murder weapon: Poison! Working with Detective Weingand, Mr. and Mrs. North try to figure out who would want to kill Ms. Gipson and why...

A STEAM Team Program

Published on Friday, April 25, 2014

Starry Night

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room hosts a weekly STEAM Team program for children aged 6-12. STEAM is a framework for learning based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  

Great Events All Month Long at the Library!

Published on Friday, April 25, 2014

Heed your Generalissimo!  Mark your calendar for these great events celebrating the comics you love:

A Free Comic Day Double Feature

Published on Thursday, April 24, 2014

Anime Eyes on You!
What do a flying pig and a militant princess have in common?  Attend the All Day Anime double feature to find out!  Join us in Room A-3 at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, as we celebrate one of anime's finest storytellers when we screen two of director Hayao Miyazaki's best works.

Enjoy this midweek screening of comics-based entertainment in advance of Free Comic Book Day, then visit your friendly neighborhood comics shop on Saturday, May 3 for fun and freebies and all of the comics, graphic novels, and manga you crave.  And remember that you can celebrate comics 365 days a year at the library!

Race, Class and Social Justice in the Nation's Capital

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

S. Prince                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. as author, cultural anthropologist, and independent scholar Sabiyha Prince, Ph.D. discusses her new book African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, D.C.: Race, Class and Social Justice in the Nation’s Capital.

On Exhibit in Special Collections

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Big Day in Chinatown
Come see what Chinatown was like before Dunkin Donuts and the Verizon Center moved in! In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Special Collections Department of the DC Public Library presents a fascinating exhibit on the history of DC's Chinatown. The exhibit will be on display in the Washingtoniana Room through mid-May.

May's Featured Articles

Published on Monday, April 21, 2014
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For our very first Featured meeting we’ll be looking at 3-D printing and copyright and patent issues.

We’ll talk patent and copyright law, the amazingness of 3-D printing and all it’s potential, and explore how the little robots have created major headaches for creators and legal teams.

Celebrating our planet on April 22 and beyond!

Published on Monday, April 21, 2014

Image of Earth Day display in 220Remember elementary school? Recess was your favorite subject, coloring was your favorite activity, and you got to have all kinds of carefree fun. You may have even learned about and celebrated Earth Day by planting trees or going on a field trip to the local botanical gardens. Well, what about now that you've added on a few years? Can you still enjoy the Earth in that same carefree spirit? I say yes!

Earth Day 2014

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Earth Day 2014How can you help protect our environment?

Small actions that we all do can make a big difference. Learn about the things that we can easily compost and recycle daily.  Eco kids can take the lead to make their family Earth savers by:
1.   Recycling
2.   Composting
3.   Learning about what is hazardous to our planet
4.   Riding a bike instead of driving in a car
5.   Living a healthy lifestyle

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Just in case it isn’t clear,
National Poetry Month is here!
We’re celebrating poetry every day
in the Children’s Room at MLK!
Is there time to write some rhymes?
Perhaps we should scribble a sonnet or two -
Maybe I’ll try haiku.  How about you?

Let’s read, and write, and read some more.
Each page reveals an open door.
The most wonderful news- you can have more than one
There’s no need to choose, and we’re in for some fun.
So pick a book from the shelf,
try reading a few!
Words spin and twirl
as you weave them anew.
Hey, look,
you’re a poet!
Who knew?

This Saturday’s Family Fun Time was all about poetry.  We read a few poems, listened to stories about poets, and then decided that it was time to write some of our own.  We created book spine poems, assembled acrostics using our own version of (large-scale) magnetic poetry flashcards, and even decorated miniature books.  Some of our poets were also blossoming artists, and one used the word flashcards as a prompt for a sentence and illustration in each page of the book.  It was great fun, and everyone got to show off his or her creative side.