Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The Benefits of a Participatory Storytime

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In August 2013, librarian Nell Colburn wrote in her School Library Journal article, "Secrets of Storytime: 10 Tips for Great Sessions from a 40-Year Pro," "The best story times are those in which adults are fully engaged -- shaking out their wiggles, clapping, singing, dancing, and encouraging kids as they interact with the books."

When adults participate in a story time, children are more likely to join in, making funny faces, meowing like cats, or stomping around the room.

Two story time classics in the DC Public Library catalog encourage readers of all ages to become involved in the story, often with hilarious results. 

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April showers bring May flowers … April showers bring May flowers …

Repeat this 100 times a day, and you may get through this damp and messy month.

But in the meantime, check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:
April 1 – National Fun at Work Day
April 1-30 – Library Snapshot Day
April 1-30 – National Rebuilding Month
April 2 – International Children’s Book Day

Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

Information Services at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is staffed by 12 info-savvy, book-hungry librarians. Each month, we'll share a few of our current staff reads. For the full list, visit the display in Room 209 at MLK. 

A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5

Published on Sunday, March 30, 2014
Tom Hanks pic
Emma Thompson pic
Martin Freeman pic

New Science Fiction Titles Land at Your Friendly Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014
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Tuesday, April 1, at 6 p.m., Room A-5

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

Book cover of Mary Poppins, She WroteDid you read the Mary Poppins books as a child, or maybe to your own children as an adult? Or maybe you just loved the movie--with Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews, what's not to like? Then there's just plain curiosity as to how a movie musical gets made in the first place. 

A STEAM Team Program

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

RobotEvery Friday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room hosts a STEAM Team program for children aged 6-12 at 4 p.m. STEAM is a framework for learning based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  

This week, we will be combining Art, Engineering and Technology by making robots out of recyclable materials!

The first part of the robot making process is design.  We will sketch our ideas for our robots and write out our intentions for what we would like our robots to be able to do. (Miss Cassie wants to make a robot that will take her puppy on walks while she is at the library).

-- Said no knitter ever

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014
yarn stash

Knitters and crocheters know that there is no such thing as too much yarn, but we also know that it can be an expensive addiction, er, habit. 

Come to the Knitty Gritty Committee's first-ever yarn swap, and we'll trade stashes, needles, notions and other fiber artsy supplies. You could go home with the makings of a new project for free! 

If you would like to participate in the trade, please bring at least one skein of yarn that is in good condition - not the avocado-green polyester-blend that has been sitting in your basement since the 1970s. Feel free to bring more, as the more you bring, the more you trade. 

'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.