Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Thursday, January 16, 2014

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 Koya.


Learn - Apply - Enroll

Published on Sunday, January 12, 2014

My School DC LogoWhich school will your child call My School?

For this coming school year (2014-15), DC Public Schools (DCPS) and participating public charter schools have a common application and lottery. Visit to find everything you need to learn and apply, or come to one of the information sessions listed below. The application closes Feb. 3 for grades 9-12 and March 3 for grades PK3-8.

Please call the My School DC Hotline at (202) 888-6336 or email for additional information.

Published on Saturday, January 11, 2014

A preacher reads in the Seamen's Bethel, site of a chapter in "Moby-Dick."In John Kessel’s Nebula Award-winning novella Another Orphan, Fallon, a Chicago lawyer, finds himself trapped in the text of Moby-Dick, aboard the Pequod, swept up in Melville’s dense symbolis

Collective Voices 18th Annual Poetry Extravaganza

Published on Saturday, January 11, 2014

Collective Voices photoPlease join us in the Great Hall on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. for a very special event.

Collective Voices will present the 18th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There will be a performance by the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and many other special guests, including Washington, DC Poet Laureate, Dolores Kendrick.

Some of 2013's best cookbooks

Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

This year was a bumper crop of stellar cookbooks. I’ve put together a brief list of some of my favorites and, of course, my biases come through.

I love ethnic food and I’m becoming more and more fascinated with inventive and imaginative vegetarian cuisine. Below are six of the best cookbooks that were published in 2013.

Family Fun Time in the Children's Room

Published on Thursday, January 9, 2014

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On Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m., join us in Ye Olde Children's Room for a pirate-filled hour of crafts and games.  

Fun for all ages -- bring the whole swashbucklin' family!

In addition, here are a few great pirate picture books to get ye started!

Intergenerational Stories of Civil and Human Rights

Published on Thursday, January 9, 2014

ATN logoOn Jan. 16 at 6 p.m., we present All Together Now: Intergenerational  Stories of Civil and Human Rights, a collaboration between Special Collections' Washingtoniana Department and the Center for Digital Storytelling.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this program will feature the stories of activists, young and old, who have participated in such events as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the contemporary fight for immigration reform.

This interactive program takes place in the Great Hall and there will be time for open discussion and sharing.

On Display in Washingtoniana

Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Special Collections Department of the DC Public Library is delighted to unveil a new exhibit, "Haunted Houses of Washington." Selected images from the Washington Star and Washington Historic Image photograph collections, news articles from local papers, and ephemera from the vertical files will be on display in the Washingtoniana Room (307)  through February. Featured houses include the nearby Mary Surratt Boardinghouse, mansions of the infamous Lafayette Square, and other reportedly haunted homes throughout the District.

While you are here, why not research your own home's past? You can start by searching for your address in the library's convenient online newspaper databases.

'My Beloved World' by Sonia Sotomayor

Published on Saturday, January 4, 2014

Book CoverWe will discuss My Beloved World on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.

"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself."