Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Hobbits, dwarves and hidden treasure! 

Tolkien Week kicks off this year on Hobbit Day, which is Sunday, Sept. 22 -- the birthday of Middle Earth's most famous hobbits, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. The festivities continue all week long, in honor of famed scholar and author, J.R.R. Tolkien. 

Fans all over the world observe Hobbit Day with a few of the hobbits' most cherished aspects of life -- food, comfort and the company of friends (but especially food!). 

New animals in the Children's Room

Published on Sunday, September 22, 2013

There are a lot of new faces to see in the Children’s Room – and not all of them are human!

I talked to our new animal friends myself to see how they're adjusting.  Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Wallace the Shark and Baby Giraffe!

Wallace the library sharkHello, Mr. Wallace!  How do you like life in the Children’s Room?
It’s a little dry for my taste, but not bad.

Where did you live before moving here?
I’m part of a little-known Great White community inhabiting the Potomac, Anacostia and most public pools.  Just kidding, hahahaha!! I’m from Australia.

Exploring Wordless Picture Books

Published on Saturday, September 21, 2013

FlotsamI adore picture books filled with wonderful, strange, and exciting new words.  However, the wordless picture book can be just as delightful.  Stories without words are perfect for children of all ages; they encourage imaginative storytelling and can be used to prompt creative writing with older readers, but also serve to help young children develop an understanding of story structure, build vocabulary, and teach basic visual literacy skills.  To an adult, wordless picture books may at first seem overly simplistic, but they are actually great f

Classic titles revisited and remixed

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

TequilaMockingbirdDo you host or belong to a book club? Do you enjoy a spirited cocktail now and then? If so, then Tim Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist may be just the book for you. Federle takes over 60+ classic literary titles and gives them a shake and a stir, and presents them transformed with a twist on the original title in a drinkable version.

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

One City LogoThis free event is for all the D.C. residents with a disability, advocates, caregivers and providers to:

  • share information and valuable resources;
  • build new relationships;
  • participate in activities that are fun, relaxing and empowering!

The expo is Tuesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.


How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help

Published on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Catalog record of MismatchThe first thing to say about this book is that it is a call to discussion and further research, not meant to be the last word on the matter. The authors say much the same about it -- they do feel the research they have shows a likelihood the problem is real, but frequently note the need for more data to be released so better studies can be done. Since there is a court case (Fisher v.

New weekly meet & greet to begin in October

Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Welcome to Our H/appy Hour!Young professionals, federal workers, and technophiles of all stripes are invited to meet to take a look at the newest devices, to socialize, and to share information about the latest news and trends in the business of technology. Light refreshments will be served in the meeting room near the Digital Bar.

These meet and greets will be held every Thursday evening, starting Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Digital Commons, where devices and curiosity are always welcome! 

The Second Book in the Raven Cycle Series

Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Dream ThievesHardcore fans of the first installment will want to re-read the first book since the action starts right away, and all those little subtle plot lines come racing into focus from the first page. If Book One is about myths and legends, then Book Two is about secrets. Ronan keeps secrets from Gansey, Gansey keeps secrets from Adam, Blue keeps secrets from herself, and Adam keeps secrets from everyone.

Resources, resources, resources!

Published on Monday, September 16, 2013

School KidSchool’s back, and with it comes the joys of everybody’s favorite after-school responsibility – homework!

Never fear, kids: not only is the library a great place to chill out, visit with friends and even play, it’s got loads of ways to make homework and special projects go much, much more smoothly. 

Take a look at our website.  At the top of this page under the “Teen” and “Kids” tabs, you can click on “Homework Help.” The first thing you’ll notice is online tutors from, who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year!  

Published on Sunday, September 15, 2013

picture of the Espresso Book MachineThe Espresso Book Machine is an extraordinary piece of machinery.

If you're curious about how it works and want to see what it can do for you then please join us on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Digital Commons for an introduction.