Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Friday, May 24, 2013

frydl picOn Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m., Kathleen Frydl will talk about her new book, The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973.

The Drug Wars in America argues that the U.S. government has clung to its militant drug war, despite its obvious failures, because effective control of illicit traffic and consumption were never the critical factors motivating its adoption in the first place. Her book talk will include a discussion of “The District and the Origins of the Drug War.”

Are You a Budding Astronomer? Check-out Two New Books to Keep You Fascinated with Astronomy

Published on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jewish American Books for Children

Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jewish American Heritage MonthShalom!  Did you know that May is National Jewish American Heritage Month?

Come to the Children's Room to learn more about the vibrant and diverse culture of Jewish American people.

From history and biographies, to picture books and graphic novels, we've got you covered! 

Here are a few great picks to get you started:

Published on Monday, May 20, 2013

vinyl recordThe MLK Library has a large collection of music CDs in the Popular Services Department, but many of our users may be  surprised to learn that the library also has a large collection of LP music recordings in the Information Services Department on the second floor in Room 209. This collection contains recordings from the 1940s through the 1990s, and includes classical, popular, religious, folk, world music and more.

So, dust off your old turntable and speakers and check out this wonderful resource.

For more information, call 202-727-1291.

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Published on Sunday, May 19, 2013

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage MonthJewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), established by law in 2006, is an annual recognition and celebration of Jewish American achievements and contributions to American history and culture observed during the month of May.

Published on Friday, May 17, 2013

Edvard Munch: The Frieze of LifeFrom May 19 to July 28, the National Gallery of Art will feature the exhibit "Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute," which will include the Norwegian artist's most famous work, The Scream. If you're interested in learning more about the creator of the famous image and why his art still resonates a century and a half after his birth, the library has a variety of relevant resources.

An Informational Workshop

Published on Friday, May 17, 2013

trademark picCome and learn the basic facts about the U.S. patenting and trademark process on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. in Room 220.  This workshop is presented in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  

Discussion topics include:

  • Overview of Intellectual Property;
  • Patent Examination;
  • Selecting a Trademark;
  • USPTO Resources.  

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Questions?  Call the Information Services Department at 202-727-1161.

Published on Friday, May 17, 2013

Notes From The Dog by Gary Paulsen

'Life Below Stairs': True Lives of Edwardian Servants

Published on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Life Below Stairs coverI discovered Downton Abbey recently, and so was fascinated with Life Below Stairs.  I just watched all three seasons, so I can vouch for there being something on almost every page that provides more details on matters touched on in the show, and all without a lot of tiresome references to the program. (I think the author only mentioned it twice, in f