Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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. 

Book One in the "Walking Chaos" Trilogy

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Imagine the horror of every innermost thought being heard by everyone around you. For Todd, it's the only way of life he's ever known. He hears the constant noise of the other men in Prentisstown, horrible angry Noise, 

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

In Like a Lion Out Like a LambApril has arrived and with expected showers. However, we can still enjoy all the joys that springtime brings with children’s books celebrating the return of green trees and tweeting birds among many other delights of the season abound. 

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.