Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

Children Testing Themselves

Published on Friday, July 26, 2013
Captain Kate by Carolyn Reeder

DC By the Book covers literature for all ages. Readers need to know of two novels about protagonists who seek to prove themselves by taking on responsibility and risk beyond their years.

How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health

Published on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Okinawa Program book coverI first read The Okinawa Program some years ago, and it permanently changed my eating habits for the better. When I looked into it recently, I was pleased to discover that it is still circulating well at the library, still being sold and highly recommended on Amazon, and still one of the most readable books on aging well.

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: