Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Join the Brown Bag Book Club and walk away with a free book and a snack

Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Brown bag with book stackWant to join a book club, but think you don't have time?  Like book clubs, but don't like the book selections?  Want to talk books with other readers, but you'd rather eat lunch?  The Brown Bag Book Club is perfect for you! 

We meet in The Great Hall every second Wednesday of the month at lunchtime to talk about what each member is currently reading.  Library staffers also attend.  It's easy to become a member, just have a seat at the table.

New faces in the Children's Room and Teen Space

Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Whitney and a giraffe in Children'sAlong with our new, expanded library hours, we are happy to have so many fabulous new employees!
Here is an interview with one of our new library associates. 

Welcome to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library!  What's your name? 

Nice to meet you, Whitney!  What's your favorite thing to learn about in the whole, wide world?
That's a tough one.  Definitely cultures, because then you get to learn about other things, too.

Do you have any intriguing library plans up your sleeve?

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Monday, October 7, 2013

Tech leaders take a humorous look at picking and choosing what we reveal on social media:

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Published on Sunday, October 6, 2013

Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen bookcoverOn Tuesday, Oct. 8, a speaker from the American Diabetes Association will be here to help you discover the links between diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  Most important, you will learn ways to keep your heart healthy, whether you have diabetes or not.

Join us at 12:30 p.m. on the second floor outside Room 207 for a presentation full of useful information, and a chance to join in the lively question-and-answer period afterward.

Film and Discussion with Jazz historian, Rusty Hassan

Published on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Rusty Hassan photoPlease join us in the Black Studies Center on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of A Great Day in Harlem.

This film gives a behind-the-scenes look at the famous 1958 photograph that brought together most of the era's jazz legends.

Noted radio personality and jazz historian Rusty Hassan will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

In the Black Studies Center, Room 316.

New group will meet weekly to support the work of new dramatists

Published on Friday, October 4, 2013

AAC logoAre you a closet playwright? Are you ready to step into the spotlight and meet others who aspire to rock the stage with words? Join our new Playwrights Circle!

Part of the Aspiring Authors Circle, that meets as a whole in the Popular Library, the Playwrights Circle is in good company with Fiction Writers, Poets, and Bloggers who are new to or emerging in their craft.

Autumn foliage in the Children's Room

Published on Thursday, October 3, 2013
Fall tree in Children's Room

Fall is officially here (as of the recent equinox, of course)... and in the Children's Room, it shows! 

The leaves on our beautiful tree are already changing colors, and a few are falling.  We even have a couple squirrels scurrying to collect nuts! 

Stop by to check out our lovely autumn color, our one-of-a-kind back-to-school display, and our new storytime and children's events schedules!

Here are a few books to expand your celebration of this cool and fresh, multi-colored season:

Published on Thursday, October 3, 2013

The first annual DC Storytelling Festival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 5 is postponed.  It will be rescheduled for a later date. We apologize for the inconvenience.  There are many other programs and activities happening at your library.  Check out the calendar of events for more information.

Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

image of frustrated womanAre you interested in learning about how to read or listen to free books from the library on an eReader or smartphone? Do you need some help downloading library eBooks for the first time? Interested in seeing what an eReader can do before you make the investment?

Stop by the library on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for some one-on-one help. Please bring your device and library card number with you as well as your laptop if you need help with your Nook or Kindle.

If you’ve got an Android smartphone or an iPhone, then no computer is necessary!

Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

German American Heart from only is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month, it is also German-American Heritage Month! 

Whenever you say iceberg, pretzel, angst or gummy bear – you’re using words that actually come from German! 

German immigrants have made all sorts of contributions to mainstream American culture – from hamburgers and hotdogs, to kindergarten, Christmas trees and my personal favorite... polka music!  Did you know:  the library’s local Penn Quarter neighborhood was once home to 4000 German immigrants!*