Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Saturday, September 14, 2013

Photo of Dad is Fat coverWhat do Hot Pockets, fruit cake, paleness, bacon and parenting all have in common?  The answer is Jim Gaffigan. The stand-up comedian best known for his pale skin, love of food, and strange voices has recently come out with a new book about life and parenting, Dad is Fat

Published on Friday, September 13, 2013

Michael Ward from CloudHands Tai ChiInstructor Michael Ward has been studying and practicing T’ai Chi for 35 years. He has taught T’ai Chi to people from 9 to 90 in settings as diverse as senior centers, major corporations and institutions. 

According to Michael Ward, CloudHands T'ai Chi is…

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Thursday, September 12, 2013

3-D Printing has unleashed imaginations worldwide and is being considered as a solution to problems as diverse as a shortage of human organs, housing for the homeless, and better aircraft.  One speaker proposes the next step:

Book Talk with Professor A. Peter Bailey

Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Malcolm X book coverPlease join us in the Black Studies Center on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. as Professor A. Peter Bailey reads from his new book, Witnessing Brother Malcolm X: The Master Teacher, A Memoir

Prof. Bailey was a close associate of Malcolm X and a founding member of The Organization of Afro American Unity. 

As always, there will be a riveting discussion following the presentation.

Take a second for your health (every second Tuesday)

Published on Monday, September 9, 2013

bookcover Kitchen Diva's Diabetic CookbookOn Tuesday, Sept. 10, a speaker from the American Diabetes Association will be here to help you understand the huge role life style plays in managing and avoiding diabetes, and the devastating effects of eating junk food and being a couch potato (or a "desk potato", i.e. sitting for long spells at work). Join us at 12:30 p.m. on the second floor outside Room 220 for a presentation full of useful information, and a chance to join in the lively question and answer period afterwards. 

Next Session Sept. 10

Published on Monday, September 9, 2013

USPTO SealAre you interested in obtaining a patent or trademark? The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and DC Public Library are currently sponsoring a series of free workshops at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  The workshops will cover a variety of patent and trademark topics.

The public, inventors, small business owners and students are invited to attend these free workshops and have an opportunity to ask questions any they might have. The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Monday, September 9, 2013
One woman uses her background in the performing arts and invention to design a technologically superior shoe to support a dancer's foot:

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.

Muslim Journeys Project

Published on Monday, September 9, 2013

Fatemah Zarei - Author TalkFatemeh Zarei, author, poet, and artist, will read from her collection of short stories, Dreaming Is My Profession.  The author uses surrealistic techniques to bring out the dream-like quality of her stories, using simple and liquid style.

Fatemeh will present at two of the DC Public Library locations as part of the Muslim Journeys Project:

Saturday, Sept. 14
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Room 209

New Faces in Teen Space and the Children's Room

Published on Sunday, September 8, 2013

This is Ms. Cassie.  Nice to meet you!Welcome to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library!  What's your name?  Where are you from?
Cassie Freeman, from Chicago.

Nice to meet you, Cassie!  What's something fun you've done in the District so far?
I had lunch at the Portrait Gallery.

Do you have any intriguing library plans up your sleeve?
I'd like to do an Engineering Design Challenge for kids this Fall.

What's your favorite vegetable?

One-on-one help is on the way!

Published on Saturday, September 7, 2013

Multi Color Question Marks, art by Tamara SuttleAll thumbs when it comes to eReader downloads?  Shy with technology, but want to read books, see movies, and hear music for free online?  Great with technology, but just can't get the frakking download process to work? 

Well, it's not you, it's the technology.  Downloading from the library website is not an intuitive process, but accomplish it once and you'll be a pro. The Digital Commons offers two ways to learn how.