Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013

bookcoverFledgling by Octavia Butler is a thrilling read. Full of movement and suspense, this novel will make you squirm at times. Butler introduces racism, sexism, ageism, and Afrofuturism to the sci-fi genre of novel writing.

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013
A frame from the film adaptation of "The Last Unicorn."

This piece will be the first in a series of reviews of science fiction and fantasy works, celebrating MLK Memorial Library's ongoing Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club.

"The Borrowers"

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cover page of "The Borrowers" by Mary NortonDear LBPH Kids,

Our Adaptive Services Division children’s book recommendation for September is The Borrowers. This is the first book in The Borrowers series by Mary Norton.  If you have ever wondered where all your pins, pennies, and pencils have disappeared to even though you can vouch that you remember where you last saw them, then this book is for you.

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Union MarketOn a recent visit to the wonderfully renewed Union Market here in D.C., I had the pleasure of stopping by the Rappahanock Oyster Company’s food stall. Rappahanock Oyster Company is one of the growing eco-conscious companies across the country practicing sustainable farming.

'Seed by Seed'

Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seed by Seed Book Cover PhotoFall is here and in addition to admiring the bright colors of the trees as they change, we indulge in a lot of fun activities that include apples. For example, you may love making and eating treats, like apple pie, cider and candied apples. You probably also heard the name Johnny "Appleseed", but what do you know about him?

Activism and Education in Logan Circle

Published on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mary McLeod Bethune Book Cover

Celebrating the Richness of the Forbidden

Published on Monday, September 23, 2013
Scrabble folk.

You know us.  We are the dedicated library staff who scurry between the Welcome Desk, the Popular Library, and the Digital Commons to assist you in your information and entertainment needs. 

You may be surprised to learn that in our youth, even the most well-mannered of us revealed our rebel nature by reading banned books.  In fact, this habit has led us to our current illustrious profession in the place where these same books have found a safe place to live. 

Published on Monday, September 23, 2013

An Abundance of KatherinesOne of the big events libraries celebrate in September is Banned Books Week, where we highlight the mission of the library to provide information and entertainment on all topics and viewpoints, even if some readers might find it offensive. One of the authors we highlight during this time is John Green, whose works are often challenged in libraries across the country.

Toward that end, take a look at one of Green’s most interesting works, An Abundance of Katherines.

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.