Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

'The Sound of Music'

Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Sound of MusicOur October 2013 movie recommendation is Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

The Sound of Music is set in 1930s Austria. It details the life of Maria, who is sent by the nuns to take care of the children of Captain Von Trapp. Upon arrival at the Von Trapp household, she is met with hostility but she eventually charms the kids and the Captain through her songs and kindness. It also describes the family’s subsequent escape when Nazi Germany assumes control of Austria and they try to forcefully enlist Captain Von Trapp into their army.

Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

book cover of twelve years a slaveIn the canon of American Slave Narratives, we have a few staples, such as those of Frederick Douglass, Olaudah Equiano and Harriet Jacobs.

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Monday, October 28, 2013

The tablet makers face off with new devices in anticipation of holiday sales:

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 Monday, October 28, 2013
Crowd of March on Washington marchers

The DC Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the permanent exhibition, Its Fingers Were Crossed and Its Guard Was Up: Washington, DC Prepares for the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom.”

The exhibit was originally displayed in the windows of the Popular Library at the main Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library branch at 9th and G streets from Aug. 12, 2013 to Sept. 14, 2013 as part of the Library’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this historic event.  It now resides in the exhibit gallery space on the A-Level of the building.

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!