Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

America’s New Dilemma

Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fear of Hip Hop Planet book cover

In Fear of a Hip-Hop PlanetD. Marvin Jones explores the gulf between the inner city and the suburbs, their socioeconomic and sociocultural divisions and the positive role of Hip-Hop.

Jones is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

During the Dig into Poetry and Jazz program held June 25 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s children’s room, a number of young aspiring poets were discovered. After listening to various types of jazz music and learning about some of the great jazz musicians such as Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Ella Fitzgerald, the children experienced poetry through recitation and playing a poetry word game.
 
When asked to choose a poem or two from a book to recite, Grant-Austin Simms announced that he has a journal of poems from which he could read. Grant-Austin is 9 years old and will be entering the fourth grade this fall at Inspired Teaching Charter School. He started writing poetry last year and below is one of his poems he read to the group.
 

Gilded and Jaded

Published on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DC By the Book mapping project is in full bloom with many sites of D.C. literature placed on the map.

Two more novel candidates are the classic Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Young Adult fave author Rachel Cohn's You Know Where to Find Me.

July 24, 1897

Published on Monday, July 22, 2013

Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.  This Wednesday, July 24, is her 116th birthday!

Celebrate this record-setting role model with your children using the following books:

How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Published on Sunday, July 21, 2013

Play book coverThis book is a great antidote to feeling guilty for taking time off "just" to play. The new research on the subject is fascinating. By the time you finish this book, you will see play as such a necessity to doing well at everything else in your life, you may just feel guilty for not making more time to play (if you do, that probably proves you really are suffering a play deficit, so go play!). 

Published on Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book CoverWhen I first saw this book, my mouth began to water. Bacon seems to be the new food trend as you see it in everything from chocolate to cocktails. Why? Because everyone, even some vegetarians that I know, loves bacon. The book begins with buying and basic cooking techniques. Making sure that you get proper bang for your bacon buck, it also talks about uses for the bacon grease--popcorn popped in bacon fat, anyone? 

Published on Friday, July 19, 2013

magazine coverIf you haven't had the chance to check out Zinio, DC Public Library's new online database of free magazines, now is a great time to do it!

Browse through over 150 popular titles like Consumer Reports, ESPN Magazine, and Newsweek. You get to keep them forever.

Take them with you on vacation or while commuting to work when you download issues to your smartphone, iPad, or tablet.

Check it out today!

Published on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jacket coverThe Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught me about Service, Hope and Healing, Susannah Charleson's follow-up to her best-selling Scent of the Missing, continues the story of services that dogs can provide regardless and perhaps in spite of their pedigree.

How technology shapes our lives

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Technology is closing the communication gap between the Deaf and Hearing communities in D.C. and around the world, with Gallaudet University leading the way:


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.

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