Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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."

Published on Friday, January 3, 2014

bookcoverFollow 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

Dr. King in JailCelebrate 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

Community celebration of the 122nd anniversary of the birth of novelist Zora Neale Hurston

Published on Monday, December 30, 2013

ZNH photoJoin us in the Great Hall for a celebration of the 122nd anniversary of the birth of novelist Zora Neale Hurston!

On Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 pm, The Hurston/Wright Foundation will present a program that features writers, scholars and members of the community, including E. Ethelbert Miller, Courtland Milloy and A'Lelia Bundles, reading excerpts from their favorite Hurston work. 

Published on Friday, December 27, 2013

Espresso Book MachineCome into the Digital Commons to meet one of our newest devices - the Espresso Book Machine. No, this machine won't be able to make you a steaming shot of espresso, but it can print paperback books on-demand!