Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

Published on Sunday, November 17, 2013

November is National Native American Heritage Month.  Here in the Children’s Division and Teen Space, we are celebrating by promoting the work of American Indian authors and illustrators.

Here are a few picture books to share with your little ones:

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

Published on Friday, November 15, 2013

bookcover Animal DialoguesThe encounters Craig Childs relates in The Animal Dialogues are unique for two reasons: his life spent in courting such encounters, and his skill in making readers feel we are present and sharing the experience with him. Our adrenaline rises with his as he confronts a mountain lion about to attack, circling from ten feet away to try to get behind him:

A seminar on sales strategies for small businesses

Published on Friday, November 15, 2013

Sales As A Strategy bookcoverWant to learn how to increase your sales as a small business?

Come learn about the new book Sales As A Strategy, which discusses sustainable small business sales practices.

Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art

Published on Thursday, November 14, 2013

From Oct. 6, 2013 through March 2, 2014 the National Gallery of Art will feature the exhibit “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections.” The exhibit, which is located on the main floor of the West Building, is a succinct course in the history of Byzantium and its treasured art forms, primarily mosaics, icons, jewelry, and the illuminated word. Most of the works of art come from Greek museums and are exhibited for the first time on this shore. This also marks the first exhibit of Byzantine art at the National Gallery.

Why carrots and sticks (often) don't work

Published on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Drive BOT cover
What do Internet and software upstarts such as Wikipedia, Firefox, Apache and Linux all have in common? They are all immensely successful innovative “open source” ventures that were developed and managed exclusively by volunteers. And all of their fortuitous successes were wholly based on what Daniel Pink has labeled “intrinsic motivation,” a “third drive” that motivates people and, up until recently, hadn’t been given much credence. 

The real Madame Delphine LaLaurie and Marie Laveau of FX’s 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Published on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

American Horror StoryOne of cable’s most popular dramas, American Horror Story, an anthology series currently airing its third season, about witchcraft versus Voodoo in New Orleans uses fictionalized accounts of real women from the city’s past to enrich the show.

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Monday, November 11, 2013

An eerie, but fascinating demonstration of a robot that moves like a wild beast:

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.

Published on Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cover photo of the Black CountAre you fascinated by history? 
Are you intrigued by the lives of other people?
Want to spend some time reading entertaining books and talking to like-minded individuals? 

If so, join us for the new H&B (history and biography) book club, where we will be reading some of the more popular titles that deal with the world’s stimulating past events and people. We will meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m., with our first meeting on Dec. 4. 

Published on Saturday, November 9, 2013

Movies logoJoin us the third Saturday of every month for a different classic film at 1:30 p.m. in room A-5. 

Come enjoy the films that made us want to become doctors, lawyers, cowboys and gangsters.  Brought to life by the best Hollywood has produced!

Reconnect with some of your old favorites and get introduced to others you have always wanted to see.

Join us Saturday, Nov. 16 as we watch two of Hollywood’s most beloved stars scratch, snipe and claw at one another in the film adaptation of a beloved Tennessee Williams play.

We hope you will join us as we get a strong whiff of the powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity!

Come and get a taste of Sri Lanka

Published on Saturday, November 9, 2013