Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Sunday, October 27, 2013

bookcoverIn the fourth and most recent volume of the Lorien Legacies, The Fall of Five, follow along as John Smith and his fellow Loric survivors are traveling across the globe to protect the world from the invading Mogadorians.

An Oral History of New York City's Vietnam Veterans

Published on Saturday, October 26, 2013

book coverBringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans examines the impact that the Vietnam War had on a group of young New Yorkers before, during and after the war. This book tells the story of a small sampling of these men and women. Their return from the war was a confusing time and many were met with uncertainty about the war and their role in it. The interviews shared in this book are a powerful look at the true and lasting cost of war and the impact it has on both the soldier’s lives and their loved ones.

Special Event

Published on Friday, October 25, 2013
Walter P Park

Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Washingtoniana for a special presentation by local historian Mary Belcher and descendants of the Edmonson and Shorter families, whose ancestors founded and were buried in Mt. Pleasant Plains Cemetery.

Learn more about the ongoing preservation efforts at this sacred site.

Suzanne Fonzi, one of the new faces in Special Collections

Published on Friday, October 25, 2013
SF Headshot

So Suzanne, tell us about yourself?
I recently graduated from Georgetown University, where I majored in English. I grew up in Northern Virginia, so I really haven’t gone too far from home for school or work!

What’s your job title in Special Collections?
I’m a library associate. I’m told that John and I are the first associates that Special Collections has ever had, so we get to help define what exactly that means. 

Do you have any expectations for your job?

An Interview with DC Community Archivist, Derek Gray

Published on Friday, October 25, 2013
Celebrating American Archives Month
Oct. 1-31, 2013
American Archives Month
Imagine yourself sitting next to a friendly stranger on public transportation and you innocently ask them, “What do you do for a living?” The friendly stranger replies with enthusiasm, "I'm an archivist!" You then stare at them with a blank look on your face. "Say what?"

Meet DC Public Library’s Archivist, Derek Gray.

Published on Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pumpkin Trick-or-TreatBoo!  It’s that time again, when children and grown-ups of all ages don creative costumes and revel in their spooky sides – that’s right, it’s time for Halloween!

Here in the Children’s Room, we will celebrate Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. with a special Halloween Party!  Dress up in costume and join us in Room 200 for a fun-filled afternoon of stories, crafts and trick-or-treating, right here in the library.

This is a family event for children of all ages and their accompanying adults. Though things might get spooky, we promise it won’t be too scary. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Thursday, October 24, 2013

The arguments against use of advanced technology in public schools are countered in this video:

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.

Sink your fangs into these Halloween events at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Vampire mouth.Wanna get your spooky on? Gotta pricking in your thumbs? Can't wait 'til All Hallows Eve? We have the stuff you love.

The same folks that bring you Free Comic Book Day every May have now established a Halloween Comic Fest to further promote comics. DC Public Library and Fantom Comics have decided to answer this challenge by offering these free fun events, just for you!

Come often to share in that wicked holiday spirit and don't forget to bring your "Visit Four, Win More" card to the Welcome Desk in the Great Hall to get your colorful sticker:

Sunday Oct. 27 2-4 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Scream PictureLike scary movies, cool costumes, trivia, and face-painting?

Then come to the Teen Space Halloween Party on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

We will be watching a movie that will scare your pants off! But if that's not your thing, don't worry about it! We are also going to be doing trivia to test your Halloween knowledge. Challenge your friends to see who is the most ghoul-minded, creepy savvy, monster-knowing person in Teen Space!

If you have a flare for creativity, come to our face-painting workshop. Paint your own face or a friend's to see how scary you can become (or cute/funny/quirky if that's more your style).

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

book coverMollie Katzen, famed author of The Moosewood Cookbook, delights our palates yet again with The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation. 

Recipes run the gamut from soups like Tomato-Coconut to hearty pasta dishes like Lemony Carmelized Onion Mac and Gorgonzola.

Desserts include Cranapple Walnut Cake and Fruit-Studded Madeleine Cake. Many of the recipes are vegan-friendly.