Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Prom Expo's Guide to Your Night on a Budget

Published on Monday, April 28, 2014

Are you getting things together for prom a bit late this year? Did you miss the Prom Expo at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library? On a budget? Don't panic. This is a guide just for you. Below you will find pro tips from participants of the Prom Expo that are affordable and will help with last minute planning.

1. Make your own Corsage or DCPL Staff make their own flower crowns Boutonniere!

Because October 31 is Never Enough

Published on Monday, April 28, 2014

Wake the Dead by Monica HarrisDo you love spooky stories?  Dressing up in costumes?  Is one day a year – October 31 -- not enough time to truly revel in the darker side of life?
Then Halfoween may be the holiday for you.  The half-birthday of Halloween, Halfoween falls on May 1 every year.

So put on your witch’s hat, grab some candy corn and curl up with a few delightfully spooky reads.

Published on Monday, April 28, 2014

Flower CraftApril is nearing its end and May is not too far away. This spring we have seen many rainy days. We rarely have had an occurrence of going through three consecutive days without having to grab our rain boots and umbrellas. Although these cloudy days may make us feel a little down, we can smile knowing that beautiful flowers will be blooming in the near future.

April is Financial Literacy Awareness Month

Published on Monday, April 28, 2014

The children's department wrapped up April's STEAM events with a Money Matters program. Focusing on the mathmatic properites of money, children also learned about the features, functions, and characteristics of money. They also learned about the symbols and phrases on our nation's currency. With this information children then designed thier own currency, focusing on what money might look like in the future! 

Want your kids to be more financially savy?
Check out these titles from your local DC Public Library branch.

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.