Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak

Published on Friday, August 23, 2013

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakMarkus Frank Zusak, Australian author (b. June 23, 1975,) grew up hearing stories about Germany in World War II, and decided to portray characters who rebelled against the rules of the Nazis.

Published on Thursday, August 22, 2013

bookcoverFollow along in the year 2051 where most of the population of the United States lives in two large domes called the Eastern and Western States. A young teenager named Faith lives beyond the dome, along with a very small percentage of others that have chosen to remain on the outside.

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Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
So these end of summer days have got you daydreaming. Perhaps in your sun-induced stupor, you have missed the fact that DCPL has been celebrating Adult Summer Reading.  We call it Groundbreaking Reads because reading spreads seeds of wisdom and, frankly, any effort to get all of Washington reading is truly an earthshaking act.  As part of this, we are collecting book reviews and giving away gifts.  If you loved the last book you read, or you loathed it, we want to know. 

Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David LubarWith school less than two weeks away, there’s a good chance some of you are feeling anxious.  This is probably most true if you’re starting a new school, especially if you’re going from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school.  Scott Calvin had a similar experience in the book Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar. Learn how crazy a freshmen year can get, and how fun and exciting it can be as well.

Published on Friday, August 16, 2013

Books: the next best things to portals to other realities.The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club meets monthly to discuss science fiction and fantasy books—as defined by the members.

The March on Washington: A Book Talk with author William P. Jones

Published on Thursday, August 15, 2013

MOW book coverPlease join us in the Washingtoniana Room (Room 307) at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, for a discussion of the book The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights with author and University of Wisconsin history professor, William P. Jones. 

This fascinating book highlights the role of labor unions and women and reveals a side of the story not often told.

Jones will also be available to sign copies of his book.

Meet Casey and Michele Johnson: PAL Volunteers

Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Once a month at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, dogs and their owners from People Animals Love (PAL) come to help children practice their reading skills through the Read to a Four-Legged Friend program.

PAL was founded by veterinarian Dr. Earl Strimple, who frequently saw the positive relationships that take place between animals and humans. PAL has grown from a program that began in 1982 aiding grieving individuals to one that serves humans in a variety of situations, from prisons to nursing homes. Although PAL volunteers have been to Martin Luther King Jr. Library to participate in programs through Adaptive Services, the summer of 2012 was the beginning of a consistent program with the children’s department.

One of the most prolific authors of our times

Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Alice Walker has published two new books this year.

The first is The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way, a collection of essays. The second is The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (new poems), her latest collection of poetry. 

Click on the link for each book title to see availability for these two titles.

Shark books for kids

Published on Monday, August 12, 2013

Da-dum... da-dum... da-dum da-dum da-dum ... the suspense is building as nature fans District-wide count down to the legendary, the terrifying ... Discovery Channel Shark Week!


In honor of this fascinating occasion, the Teen Space department will be hosting our very own Shark Week Party, an arts-and-crafts family program for children and teens.

If you're a kid, you might enjoy sinking your jaws into a few great shark books from the Children's Room.  Here are a few examples:

Published on Monday, August 12, 2013

A. Philip Rrand2andolph is widely recognized as one of the most influential labor and civil rights leaders in the United States.  In 1925, he formed and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly black labor union.  As a civil rights leader, utilizing skills gaind as a labor organizer that dates back to World War I, he advocated and fought to end numerous injustices.