Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

An evening with Derrick Weston Brown

Published on Thursday, May 9, 2013

photo of derrick weston brwonPlease join us on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. for a special evening of poetry with Derrick Weston Brown, founding Poet-in-Residence of Busboys and Poets.

Brown will read poems from his book, Wisdom Teeth, and selected pieces from the rich Black Studies Center collection. This is an event you can't miss!

In the Black Studies Center, Room 316.

Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dr. Zainab Alwani, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Howard University School of Divinity

Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Finally, it’s warm!!! Barbeques, Memorial Day celebrations, and the end of school is just ahead…along with pollen, bee stings and poison ivy. As you take the good with the bad, check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:
May 1-31 – National Bike Month

A Series of Public Installation Artworks at MLK Library

Published on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Brian Davis and Nekisha Davis detail images

CONNECT 4 is a series of temporary public art projects in the lobby of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Partnership with Flashpoint Gallery and CulturalDC. This series takes Flashpoint's visual arts program off-site and enlivens the library space with work by local contemporary artists. The participating artists in CONNECT 4 are Brian Davis, Nekisha Durrett, Sam Scharf and Anna Tsouhlarakis.

'Stress Pandemic'

Published on Saturday, May 4, 2013

StressPandemicIn observance of National Mental Health Month, the DC Public Library welcomes author Paul Huljich to discuss his recent book Stress Pandemic.

Published on Friday, May 3, 2013
Alessandra Selassie

"When I want water, I turn on the tap.  When it’s dark, I turn on the light.  While my life is so different than yours, I was still so touched by your books because they helped me to finally understand the life of someone I love: my father."

Published on Friday, May 3, 2013

The Great Gatsby 2013 Movie PosterOn Friday, May 10, the latest film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby will be released. The first adaptation to be filmed in 3D, the film’s release creates a great opportunity to check out not only the source novel itself and

A Weekly Film Series for Adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013
Jack Reacher poster
4 Little Girls poster
Cloud Atlas poster

Books for overcoming night fright

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Monsters under the bed, and ghosts in the closet.  Creaky sounds, and strange shapes -- for kids, all kinds of spooky sensations can come to life once the lights go down.  Though not unusual, fear of the dark definitely hits some children harder than others.  Fortunately, this is nothing new, and over the years a number of great picture books have come out that specifically address this fear, and offer kids tools and strategies for overcoming it.   

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

James WormleyD.C. Emancipation Day recognizes the end of human bondage in the District of Columbia.  On April 16, 1862, the celebration began shortly after President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act.  It led to the freeing of nearly 3,100 slaves, reimbursed slaveholders and offered the newly freed men and women funds to emigrate.  

During the Civil War Era, the nation's capital also served as home to nearly 11, 000 free blacks. One of the families of influence was the Wormleys.