Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

For Princes and Princesses Only

Published on Thursday, February 20, 2014

TiaraEvery child should experience being royalty at least once in his/her lifetime. The Youth Services team would like to offer an opportunity for children to be crowned princes and princesses for a day. All of our local princes and princesses in-training are cordially invited to attend our royal affair.

On March 15 at 2 p.m., the Children's Room at Martin Luther King Jr. Library will host royal stories, crown decorating, a crowning ceremony, and prince and princess training! 

*Don't forget to come dressed in your favorite prince or princess costume.

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

hand holding a microphoneRev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent activism played a pivotal role during the Civil Rights Movement, particularly protesting racial discrimination in federal and state law. DC Public Library is continuing that legacy during Black History Month with the “Dream Big Like Me” video contest. Teens all over the DC metro area submitted videos of their original work showing how they will continue Dr. King’s dream of equality for all.

His books are Black History Month favorites

Published on Monday, February 17, 2014

Calvin A. RamseyAn award-winning children’s author, Calvin A. Ramsey, surprised staff in the Children’s Room at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library when he stopped in on Jan. 27.

A STEAM Team Program

Published on Sunday, February 16, 2014

Andy Warhol FlowersEvery 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.  

Published on Friday, February 14, 2014

Little Brother by Cory DoctorowOne of the most interesting young adult authors you hear about recently is Cory Doctorow. His work is very different from any other teen book I’ve read recently, and I think everyone who reads YA fiction should give it a look. The best place to start is with Little Brother, his first teen title.  Read my review and summary of the book below to get a look at a book that is just a little bit too plausible in today’s world.

Celebrate Black History Month

Published on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Michael BrookinsCalling all music lovers!

Please join us in the Great Hall on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. for a jazzy evening featuring pianist Michael Brookins.

Michael Brookins has played piano for the last 30 years in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago Metropolitan areas. He has been involved in the formation of several gospel/jazz fusion bands on the local scene.

What better way to celebrate Black History Month? Native Washingtonian Duke Ellington would be proud!

Published on Thursday, February 13, 2014

If you haven't already seen it, check out the Children's Department's Promethean ActivTable at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Made by the same company that produces the SMART Board, the ActivTable boasts a range of interactive educational activities and games for children ages 6-12. The ActivTable focuses especially on collaborative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) learning. That's right, collaborative. The ActivTable can be used by up to six people at one time!

Want to see the ActivTable in action? Check out this video made right here at the library.

Also, be sure to check out our STEAM Team events for children here at MLK library every Friday at 4 p.m.

The MLK Writing Center is here to help you!

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Need help figuring out your latest research paper assignment? Not sure where to look for information on your topic? Or haven't even picked out a topic?

Image of studentsThe Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is proud to announce its inaugural writing center on Feb. 19, Feb. 26, and March 5 in room 209 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Some of our services include research and thesis development, paper writing strategies, print and online resources, and proofreading assistance. We will work with you one-on-one for approximately 30 minutes at a time on a first come, first served basis.

Join the conversation at a new Twitter book club

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014
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We devour books in the Popular Library.  In fact, nothing between two covers is safe from us.  If you get your fill this way, too, you may be delighted to know that the Brown Bag Book Club has had a makeover. 

This new Twitter book club will let readers chat about their monthly reading and discover what other readers love and hate and why.  Members will share opinions about their favorites and compare notes on the hottest new titles.  Participants will also get a peek at what library staffers like to read.

Kid inventors

Published on Saturday, February 8, 2014

Brrr. It is cold outside and if you use earmuffs to keep your ears warm, you have a kid from 1873 to thank for that. earmuffs_image

Tired of his ears freezing while he was testing out a new pair of skates, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood from Maine used wire to make two-ear shaped loops and beaver fur and cloth sewn on by his grandmother to create the first-ever earmuffs