Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

This month's Manga Club at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Teen Space focused on Ninja and Samurai. We learned about the historical similarities and differences between Japan's two iconic warriors as well as the many myths and legends that make them so unforgettable.

Did you know that Ninja literally means "invisible men," and the youngest recorded ninja assassin was only 13 years old? Also, Samurai adhered to a strict code of moral conduct known as Bushido that placed honor and service above even their own lives. 

Don't worry if you missed out. Here are some great books from our collection to learn more:

Georgetown Professor Maurice Jackson presents the Black History Month Keynote Lecture

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

maurice jackson photoOn Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., we are delighted to present the Black History Month Keynote Lecture by Georgetown University Professor Maurice Jackson.

Dr. Jackson will speak on the topic, "Great Black Music and the Desegregation of Washington, D.C."

Professor Jackson is the author of Let this Voice Be Heard, Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism and is currently at work on a social, political, and cultural history of African Americans Washington, D.C.

This exciting program will take place in the Great Hall.

Published on Sunday, February 2, 2014

Jacob Lawrence-The Library Painting

'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese

Published on Saturday, February 1, 2014

stone coverEthiopia, 1954. Twin brothers Shiva and Marion Stone’s Indian-nun mother dies during their birth and their British father abandons them. As revolution brews decades later, Marion, a surgeon, flees to America, where he eventually confronts his past.

This book, pubished in 2009, is in the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped collection as DB 70131 (21 hrs, 24 min) and in the main DC Public Library collection in Regular Print, Large Print, Book on CD, e-book and e-audio.

Published on Saturday, February 1, 2014

The groundhog might be predicting six more weeks of winter, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate while the snow is falling down around you. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:
Feb. 1-28 – Library Lovers Month   
Feb. 2 – Bonza Bottler Day
Feb. 2 – Hedgehog Day
Feb. 4 – Thank A Mailman Day
Feb. 5 – Digital Learning Day

Published on Friday, January 31, 2014
cabling projects
Ever wanted to take the next step in your knit work with those cool twists and turns, but didn't know how or know where to start?

The Knitty Gritty Committee is here to help! For February, MLK's knitting circle will explore cabling! 

What would these three political icons have to say if they were with us today?

Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014

A. Peter BaileyPlease join us in the Great Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. for a staged reading of the play, "Malcolm, Martin,  Medgar," by noted author and journalist, A. Peter Bailey. 

Bailey is the author of Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, The Master Teacher: A Memoir.

This special presentation will be narrated by Malaak Shabazz, the youngest daughter of the Malcolm X. 

What would these three icons say if they were with us today?

Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Survival Lessons by Alice HoffmanSurvival Lessons by Alice Hoffman is a paean to life. 

An author of many works, she writes this small book as a survivor of breast cancer. Filled with quotations from such authors as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, many of the pages are graced with poignant photographs, one of which is that of a smiling Anne Frank.

Ms. Hoffman gives us directives in chapter titles. For example, one title is: "Choose to Make Things Beautiful."

Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014

DC Public Library will be participating in the ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival again this year.

ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

The film festival will run Feb. 6-13. DC Public Library will screen films and host speakers at the following locations, dates and time:

Awareness is Sexy

Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Shiny Dolls- prepare for the upcoming season of love, the Teen Space will be offering FREE and confidential HIV testing, a sexual health information session, interactive activities, and free condoms from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 15!

Stay sexy and safe this Valentine's Day weekend by protecting yourself and your partners.

A major part of the fight against the spread of HIV is eliminating stigma. Here are five key facts about HIV/AIDS and prevention that you should know and spread: