Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Apps for Kids

Published on Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sushi MonsterWhat's way more fun than math homework, and almost as goofy as going out for dinner with a ravenous sushi-eating monster?  Playing Sushi Monster, of course!  

Published on Thursday, August 1, 2013

Other countries create a special banking holiday on the first Monday in August so that their citizens get a three-day weekend.  But not in the United States.  (Maybe because everyone’s on vacation?)  Even though most of us don’t have a three-day weekend to look forward to this month, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate.  Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below.
Aug. 1-7 – International Clown Week
Aug. 1 – Girlfriends Day
Aug. 4 – Sisters Day

Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Long ago, Children's Librarian Carmen Boston went to a special school in London called the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance which is now called Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She spent a year there studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance so she could gain more skills to teach dance to variety of people of all ages. Ms. Carmen had a lot of fun during this learning year, where she taught classes for moms and their babies to older adults. When she came back to the United States, she used these new skills to teach classes to children at schools in Western Massachusetts and at Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Md.

Not for Children Only Showing at E Street Cinema

Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis by Tomi UngererE Street Cinema is showing the documentary Far Out Isn't Far enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story. The film shares with adult fans Ungerer's childhood in Alsace under German occupation. It also discusses how his adult erotic picture books caused the removal of his children books from library shelves.

Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

About AliceThursday, Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Calvin Marshall Trillin is an American journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist and novelist.

In this book, About Alice, Trillin offers a loving portrait of his wife, Alice – an educator who was equally at home teaching at a university or a drug treatment center, a gifted writer, a stunningly beautiful and thoroughly engaged woman who, in the words of a friend, “managed to navigate the tricky waters between living a life you could be proud of and still delighting in the many things there are to take pleasure in.”

Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ChessAre you interested in playing Chess?

We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours at MLK Jr. Memorial Library. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!

For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Email for more information or call 202-727-0321.

Published on Monday, July 29, 2013

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John FlanaganBad news: School starts in little more than a month. Good news: That means there’s still plenty of time for summer reading.  And if think you’re going to have it difficult with your classes come the fall, you have nothing on Will. From learning to run without making a sound to being able to shoot a bullseye at a hundred paces, this young man learns everything needed to be a Ranger.

Published on Sunday, July 28, 2013

bookcoverApocalypse Suite, volume one of Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba is a must-read for graphic novel lovers.

Commemorating the Sesquicentennial

Published on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Civil War Sesquicentennial - 150 yearsThe 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War is this year.  It's also called the “sesquicentennial” (try saying that 10 times fast!). 

This summer is a great time to brush up on your Civil War knowledge, to experience living history and battle re-enactments, and to share this pivotal time in American history with the young folks in  your life. Visit the Children's Division on the second floor for great resources on this topic.    
To get started, log onto our excellent database, FreedomFlix, for videos, websites and projects that truly bring history alive! 

Published on Friday, July 26, 2013

rustin1Bayard Rustin played a seminal role in the American Civil Rights Movement.  In 1947, he helped plan the Freedom Rides, a tour of cities in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky designed to challenge racial segregration.  Among a number of challenges in the early 1960s, he withstood violent attacks and jail time for his acts of civil disobedience. In 1963, he served as one of the chief organizers of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.