Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Cast Your Vote for Your Favorite First Lady of British Comedy

Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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This is the race that really matters.  No electoral college here.  Direct democracy as often as you like. One person, several votes.  Let us know who is your favorite of these Queens of Britcom, as seen on PBS and at your friendly neighborhood library.

Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Who needs Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Black Friday when there are plenty of other reasons to celebrate this month? Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

Nov. 1 – National Cook For Your Pets Day
Nov. 1 – National Family Literacy Day
Nov. 1 – National Men Make Dinner Day
Nov. 2 – Plan Your Epitaph Day
Nov. 3 – International Games Day

Published on Friday, October 26, 2012

Two recently published memoirs paint a fascinating portrait of the culinary landscape in the United States and of the American experience in general. Each book concludes in New York City and tells the story of two men who could not have come from more different backgrounds or taken such divergent paths to get to the “Big Apple” (and beyond)! One black, one white; one straight, one gay; one African-born, one American-born -- each man in his own way has had a significant impact on today’s food culture. 

Published on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.

Meet Steven.

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"Why don't more men wear hats these days?" I thought to myself when I saw Steven, 29, enter the library.

Published on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Then Everything ChangedWant to join a book group, but don't have time for meetings? Are you an avid social media user as well as an avid reader? Just want to read some good books and discuss them with others?

Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads!

Goodreads is an online community of over 7 million readers. On the site, people share, rate, review, tag, recommend and organize their books. Goodreads also allows users to form groups. Each group has a virtual bookshelf for listing books of interest to the group and a space for forum-style discussions. As part of our group, we'll host monthly book discussions. Each month we’ll announce the theme (i.e. mystery, short stories, celebrity memoir) and then you choose the book you want to read and discuss.

It is election season in DC, so what could be more appropriate to read about this month than Presidents? The suggestions below and on the POTUS bookshelf cover alternate histories, political satire, historical fiction, biography and more.

Pick a book and join the discussion!

Published on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Our three models and makeup artist Jill Turnbull
Did you miss our make-up workshop with Jill Turnbull of the Washington Ballet? Never fear. We have put together tutorials for the three looks Turnbull and her lovely teen assistants put together:
Vampire Look #1
Vampire Look #2 ("Buffy Style")
Werewolf

Jill stressed three key things:
  1. You don't need fancy makeup to put together a complete Halloween look.
  2. Don't worry about being perfect. "It's not about being perfect," she said. "It's about the effect."
  3. During the makeup process, it's always good to step back and check your look.

Oh yeah ... and have fun!

Published on Friday, October 19, 2012

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.

Meet Kiara.

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Not very many people can do the 60s mod look without rendering it as merely a costume. But when Kiara, 19, walked into the Popular Library, I was stunned by the ease in which she rocked the mini-dress/high boots/sassy hair combo. In a city of serious suits and sensible shoes, her style was completely refreshing.

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

cover image for: Please Kille MeYou may certainly find out in this exhaustive document of the birth and evolution of punk rock. Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk offers an interlocking narrative detailing the formative experiences of the first wave of Punk Rock in America.

DC Reads Event Highlights Life-Changing Choices

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Leaving one's homeland is never an easy decision.  In these films, this decision is made only slightly easier when two Iranian families consider the alternative:

A Separation DVD coverA Separation (Jodái-e Náder az Simin)
A film by by Asghar Farhadi.

A Joint Book Club Discussion

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lolita book coverReading Lolita in Tehran book coverThis month, staff leaders of the book groups based at Martin Luther King Jr.

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