Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Shortest day, longest night

Published on Friday, December 20, 2013

Celebrate the Winter SolsticeOn Saturday, Dec. 21 -- at 5:11 p.m., to be exact -- take a look at the sun.  

You may notice that it's very far south in the sky, and also quite low on the horizon. That's because the Earth is the farthest away in its revolution around the sun, with the North Pole pointing away from it. This makes the solstice the shortest day and longest night of the entire year.         

In the Children's Room

Published on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday photobooth at MLK Children'sMake sure to stop by the Children's room for a special holiday photo opportunity!

The Children's staff have constructed a life-size warm and cozy holiday hearth, complete with a roaring fire, snowflakes, stockings, Kwanzaa kinara and Hanukkah menorah.  

You have to see it to believe it -- a truly festive sight to behold!

Take a photo in front of the mantel, then tweet it at @dcpl, #holidaysatMLK.  

Spread the joy!

Published on Monday, December 16, 2013

The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a healing modality.

Holiday stressJoin Karin Silverman as she discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium.

She will present a simple, yet powerful, meditation technique that can enrich one's life personally, professionally, spiritually and help with seasonal stress.

The free workshop will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in Room A-3.

All are welcome to attend.

Published on Monday, December 9, 2013

bookcoverThe Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett takes the reader on a interdimensional thrill ride through the limitless iterations of our world with the invention of a potato-powered piece of technology, called the stepper.

New and improved networking group for all writers starts this month

Published on Sunday, December 8, 2013

AWC LogoSound familiar? Well, it should. The Aspiring Authors Circles established in October to support Fiction Writers, Poets, Bloggers, and Playwrights have now consolidated into one because there is strength in numbers. The name has been changed to accommodate all writers. 

Have you started or are you ready to self-publish your memoir? Do you pen poetry in your quiet hours or do you dream of creating the next Huffington Post?  Want to write historical fiction or a family epic? Collecting research on a political biography?  Whether you’re contemplating publishing digitally or in print, never published or recently published, this Circle is for you. 

Presented by ReferenceUSA

Published on Saturday, December 7, 2013

Reference USA LogoDid you know that the library has Reference USA, which is a resource that can help you:

  • Find new business opportunities
  • Conduct business and market research
  • Track down address and phone number
  • Locate your local competitors
  • Find a job
Please join us in the Digital Commons on Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., for a public drop-in session and 12-1 p.m. for an overview of this database that is free and available with a DC Public Library card.

Fitness for a lifetime!

Published on Friday, December 6, 2013

Picture of fruits ready to eat.On Tuesday, Dec. 10, a speaker from the American Diabetes Association will be here to talk about how important exercise is for anyone who wants to be healthy in general, and why it is even more important in managing and avoiding diabetes. 

Join us at 12:30 p.m. on the second floor outside Room 220 for a presentation full of useful information, and a chance to join in the lively question and answer period afterwards. 

These sessions are an excellent resource for anyone dealing with diabetes, or trying not to ever get it in the first place. 

Faces to know in Children's and Teen Services

Published on Friday, December 6, 2013

There are a lot of interesting people working in the Children's Room and Teen Space.  Let's get to know them!  
Cameron and Bear
Hello, Cameron!  Do you prefer being called Cameron, or do you have any nicknames?
I like Cameron, but when I was younger I had a lot of nicknames: Cam Jams, Camcorder, Cam-Ron...

Sometimes kids think we live in the library because we are here almost every day. What library did you live in before Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library?
I lived in Queens Borough Public Library, in New York City.  The Corona branch. 

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Thursday, December 5, 2013

Patients may be surprised to learn of the existence of a robot phlebotomist:

This new series will spotlight innovations that impact Washington and the rest of the world. Check here for future stories in this series, or visit our Digital Commons page online and walk into the Digital Commons to further witness the technology that powers our dreams.

Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.

Meet Markeith.


Markeith, 20, was a glorious vision in army green and black. His look was decidedly tough and punk, which is always intriguing to behold. Who but a fearless sartorial genius would pair a fishnet shirt laid over a Bob Marley T-shirt? Beyond punk, however, Markeith displayed his creative style with the zipties over his knee-high black combat boots, along with lots and lots of cool accessories in a variety of textures.

"Street punk" was the term he used to describe today's look; it fits, but more importantly, it commands attention.

More on his fashion inspirations and other life musings after the jump.