Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Collective Voices 18th Annual Poetry Extravaganza
Published on Saturday, January 11, 2014
Please 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
Ahoy, me hearties!
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
On 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
We 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."
Published on Friday, January 3, 2014
Follow along in Welcome to Lovecraft, as a new world is unlocked for two brothers and their sister in the aftermath of their father's murder.
Library staff read Dr. King's 'Letter from the Birmingham Jail'
Published on Thursday, January 2, 2014
Celebrate King Week by meditating on the words of Dr. King!
On Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, a diverse group of DC Public Library staff will breathe life into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s beloved "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" with a live staged reading.
This program will also feature a video display and special musical offering from vocalist Orlanzo Chappell and pianist Maceo Kemp.
Published on Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Ring in 2014 in your own quirky style by checking out the unique celebrations listed below. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:
Jan. 1 – Bonza Bottler Day
Jan. 1 – New Year’s Dishonor List
Jan. 1 – Z Day
Jan. 2 – Happy Mew Year For Cats Day
Jan. 3 – Memento Mori
Jan. 4 – Dimpled Chad Day