Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Friday, July 12, 2013

cra1The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub. L 88-352) is considered the nation's most comprehensive civil rights law enacted by Congress to end discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national orgin. President John F. Kennedy first proposed the landmark action in a July 11, 1963 nationally televised address. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation into law on July 2, 1964.

A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics 1934-1960

Published on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Indignant Generation Book CoverThe Indignant Generation has garnered numerous honors since it was published in 2011.

Teen Space Craft Books

Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
home, paper, scissors by Patricia Zapata

Are you tired of the hot and sticky weather? Want to stay cool and busy? Visit Teen Space and browse craft books.

Patricia Zapata, author of home, paper, scissors, offers 33 crafts to decorate your home. With few materials needed, check out the ease with which to create a Sunburst Wreath or a Pleated Table Runner. All you need after paper and scissors is glue for a spectacular object of art.

'The Life of Kelly Miller' by Dr. Ida E. Jones

Published on Monday, July 8, 2013

Kelly Miller bookPlease join us in the Black Studies Center on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. as Dr. Ida E. Jones, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts in the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, discusses her book, The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller.

This is the first comprehensive biography of Miller, noted intellectual and civil rights advocate, who rubbed shoulders with such greats as Nannie Helen Burroughs, W.E.B. Dubois, Booker T. Washington and Mary McLeod Bethune.

Join us in Room 316.

Teen Space Personal Connection

Published on Monday, July 8, 2013

No More Strangers Now interviews by Tim McKeeTeen Space librarians and teens are excited about poetry group Split this Rock's visit to Tshwane ('T' is silent), located near Pretoria, South Africa. Split this Rock meets weekly in Teen Space to discuss the writing of poetry. At each session, members compose and read aloud their poems for feedback from each other. Teen Space has hosted the group's poetry slams attended by many teen patrons.

Published on Sunday, July 7, 2013

Do you want to join a book group, but don't have the time to attend meetings? Do you like using social media and are looking for a good group to discuss your latest literary indulgence or to learn what others are reading?

Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads

For July, the DC Public Library's Goodreads group is featuring audiobooks. Choose from one of the titles below, or check out the Goodreads shelf for more suggestions.  We look forward to hearing from you in our discussion!

African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of of Black Pulp Publishing

Published on Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pimping Fictions Book CoverJustin Gifford is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno.

He has used archival material to write Pimping Fictions, a literary and cultural history of African American crime fiction. Some popular authors from this genre include Chester Himes, Donald Goins and IceBerg Slim (Robert Beck).

Tips for Parents

Published on Friday, July 5, 2013

Parent Reading with ChildReading increases vocabulary, builds confidence and strengthens children’s critical thinking. When children read for fun, they learn to love reading. Here are some tips for you to help your child become a reader this summer.

Author Talk for Paparazzi Princesses

Published on Friday, July 5, 2013

Paparazzi Princesses• Have you met any published authors who are also teens?
• Would you like to know what it's like to be the children of world famous musicians?
• Do you want to hear how other teens are turning their passions for music, acting and fashion into reality?

Beneath the Surface: Female Protagonists

Published on Friday, July 5, 2013

From the comfort of your home or in the company of friendly and engaged teens at Teen Space, go online and sign up for Summer Reading. The reading theme is Beneath the Surface but there is no secret about the prizes and programs offered to teens this summer. The details are online and printed out in Teen Space.

Two novels with strong female protagonists that focus on what's Beneath the Surface are Code Name Verity and Beauty Queens.