Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Sunday, March 9, 2014

Join library staff members Peter and TaChalla as they discuss the rightfully neglected or undiscovered gems of the Popular Library at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

This episode’s pick: Family by Natalia Ginzburg.

Published on Saturday, March 8, 2014
Mario Day Art Attack at MLK Library Teen Space

Monday, March 10 is Mario Day, so named because when abbreviated, Mar. 10 looks like the name Mario. Although not originally intended, Mario Day has become closely associated with famed Nintendo video game mascot, Mario the plumber.

Family Fun Time Salutes Pets

Published on Friday, March 7, 2014

Cat and FishFrom hegdehogs to potbelly pigs to parakeets to St. Bernards, family pets come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, President Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebecca who lived in the White House.

We love our pets. During a recent Family Fun Time at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library we celebrated pets by reading books, dancing, singing songs, and making crafts. Check these pet books out!

Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014

book coverCome join the Knitty Gritty Committee (KGC) during the month of March to celebrate National Craft Month with yarn bombing. Yarn bombing can be as easy or elaborate as you want it to be which makes it a fun fiber craft for anyone and everyone regardless of your skill level.

Come knit (or crochet) some library-related objects in order to decorate the Popular Library new book display. Your creations will be on display for the public to see throughout the entire month. Yarn bombing at its core is all about enriching and giving to the visual aesthetic of the space around you so don't be sad if one of your creations disappears while on display.

A Women's History Month Observance

Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014

harriet tubman flyerPlease join us on in the Great Hall on Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a Women's History Month program honoring the life of Harriet Tubman.

This multi-sensory event features:

  • Poet Cyd Charisse Fulton
  • Historian C.R. Gibbs
  • The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
  • Djembe Drummer Doc Powell
  • Moderated by none other than "Sistah" Joy Alford!

Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014

Visual musicEvery Friday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room hosts a STEAM Team program for children ages 6-12 at 4 p.m. STEAM is a framework for learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  

In recent years, art has been added to STEM education because of its importance in developing critical thinking and imagination.  As Albert Einstein once said, "The greatest scientists are artists as well." Our Painting Music STEAM program will explore the combination of visual and auditory art forms.  

Published on Wednesday, March 5, 2014

 PG County BookBordered by the federal capital but separated from Virginia and the Confederacy only by the Potomac River, the citizens of Prince George's County found themselves on the front lines of the Civil War.

As Maryland's largest slave-owning county, some joined the Confederacy while many remained loyal to the Union.

Learn more about this divided history as authors Nathania A. Branch Miles, Monday A. Miles and Ryan J. Quick discuss their new book 
Prince George's County And the Civil War Life on the Border; on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Washingtoniana, Room 307.

Hope to see you there!

'True Tales from the Civil Rights Battlefront'

Published on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Image of book cover of Fire on the BayouIn Fire on the Bayou, Howard Feinstein tells the story of the struggle to enforce civil rights laws and fight hate crimes in the South (and a couple of more northern spots), in the volatile period after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. 

Published on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Espresso Book Machine in the Digital CommonsOn demand self-publishing is now availible in the Digital Commons at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library!

Do you have an original work? Want to print a public domain title?  Now is the time.  

Visit the Digital Commons on the first floor of MLK Library to learn more about book printing and to see our Espresso Book Machine in person. For a complete listing of printing rates as well as DC Public Library's policies for printing, visit the EBM policies page.  

Books on Film series spotlights 'Lawrence of Arabia'

Published on Monday, March 3, 2014
The Arabian desert at sunset.