Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014
A year and a day ago, the DC Public Library opened the Digital Commons.  Today, the 11,000 square-foot room is a popular place for entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, tech novices and students. 
Featuring 3-D printers, a book printing machine and more than 80 public computers, Digital Commons is a pace where the public can connect, collaborate, co-work and learn new technology for free.  Here’s a snapshot of what has happened in the Digital Commons’ first year:

July Articles

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014
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This month's Featured articles discuss Facebook & Your Data.
This month’s article selection started off as a broader overview of social media privacy policies and an exploration of what our favorite social sites do with our personal data. But then Facebook announced a new feature that prompted a shift to look at how social media sites collect data through the use of added features and design tricks- we’ll be using Facebook as a case study.
1)      “A New, Optional Way to Share and Discover Music, TV, and Movies” by Aryeh Selekman

Published on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kyle MacLachlan playing Paul Muad'Dib in "Dune"This past June, we asked for people to vote on the MLK Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club's new name. Now the votes are in. From now on, the MLK Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club will be known as... Novum!

The name comes from a Latin term, used by sci-fi scholar Darko Suvin "to describe the scientifically plausible innovations used by science fiction narratives."

The highly anticipated finale in the 'All Souls Trilogy'

Published on Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Book of Life book coverAfter waiting so long for the conclusion of this series, this book immediately starts out where the second title left off. We come into the story having left Diana and Matthew discovering themselves and their relationship through time. It's broad reaching implications follow them seamlessly into this last installment.  Diana is quickly discovering her power, and Matthew is slowly coming to terms with the implications of his blood rage and place in the de Clermont family hierarchy. Back is the intensity of detail that readers love in the first two books. The dialog is well orchestrated and each character has an amazingly strong voice.

A STEAM Team Program with the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Peacock in the WoodsScience and Art intersect in this week's STEAM Team on Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. here in the Children's Room (200) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  Experts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum are coming to the Library to talk to you about Abbott Handerson Thayer and his artwork.

Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

mailboxLet's celebrate letter writing and mail delivery! Join us for a Family Fun Time on Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m in the Children's Room (Room 200).  

We will first read some wonderful stories about writing letters and the postal service.  Next we will get crafty!  Children can design and decorate their own postcards and stationery using craft materials that will be available.  After children finish creating their postcards or stationery, they can write letters or draw pictures on them. We will provide envelopes and stamps so that mail can be ready to send at the end of Family Fun Time. 

a DCPL Podcast

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014
Stephen Wade, Grammy nominated musician and author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience joined Anne and Maggie for another DCPL podcast last week. He talks about tuning your banjo, listening to records and appreciating the traditions of American folk music.

Published on Friday, July 11, 2014

The Children’s Program Room at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library was filled with multilingual greetings a few weeks ago, as librarians and storytime attendees alike practiced saying Guten Tag and Hallo during a very special German-English storytime.  Thanks to our friends at the Goethe Institut, who helped advertise the program, we had a great turnout … some of whom spoke German, as well as many others who didn’t.  We all had a great time singing and learning together.

Published on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Please join us in the Black Studies Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library as educator and author Rodney Jordan discusses his book, Tired of Being Black.

In his book, Jordan draws heavily from his experiences growing up in an urban black neighborhood largely defined by gunshots, violence, stolen cars, teen pregnancy, and welfare.