Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

'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

Sand, sun ... and sword fighting!

Published on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Though the lush, wet spring weather is a pleasure in its own right, I can't help but sometimes yearn for searing heat, blinding sun and a climate so sparse and dry, you'd think lawn mowing and flash floods were just another urban legend. 

For this installation of Reading Through Time and Space, let's grab a book and journey to the desert!  To mystical, magical, unnamed deserts, where things are not always what they seem and just about can -- and does -- happen.  

Meet the best-selling author!

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Moon and More book coverBest-selling author Sarah Dessen, will talk about her new book The Moon and More in the Great Hall at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on June 4 at 7 p.m. This event is in partnership with Politics & Prose Bookstore and is free and open to the public. After Ms. Dessen's talk, there will be a Q&A and copies of her new book will be available for purchase and signing.

'Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller' by Doreen Rappaport

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The story of Helen Keller is truly an amazing and inspiring one, and Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport is a very captivating read about this brilliant woman. The compelling pictures by Matt Tavares also provide great insight into how Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, learned to read and experienced the world.

Come for the book swap, stay for the film!

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A stack of booksThe Cherry Blossoms have fallen and summer is on its way.  Come meet the Fiction Lover's Book Club on Tuesday, May 28 as we launch our summer reading season with a book swap and film showing.  Recycle your familiar reads by trading with another book lover, or choose from the free books or audiobooks on the Fiction Lover's Book Club's swap cart.  Then join the group as we watch a film favorite celebrating librarians. Either way, walk in with your favorite, enjoy an adventure, and go home with something new.

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book CoverMemoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks is an engaging, clever story told from the point of view of an imaginary friend.

Budo, Max's imaginary friend, has enjoyed a long life of five years because Max has chosen to believe in him for that long. Max has been lucky to have Budo as Max has some peculiarities and doesn't really fit in at school. Budo has a very human-like appearance because Max imagined him to be that way. He also has the ability to pass through doors.

Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Quick-Fix VeganVegan, hungry, and in a hurry?  Robin Robertson's Quick-Fix Vegan can help!

New Title for Wellness Workshops

Published on Monday, May 13, 2013

FruitThis very informative series of presentations by the American Diabetes Association has been renamed "Wellness Workshops." 

It still is:

Come and Join us Every Fourth Tuesday

Published on Monday, May 13, 2013
Join a Book Club

Note: This month's Singled Out! Book Club is canceled, and future sessions are postponed until further notice.

Published on Monday, May 13, 2013

Many years ago, the founder of the National Symphony Orchestra, Hans Kindler, donated his library of orchestral performance sets to the DC Public Library. This special collection includes over 900 titles. It is available for use, without charge, by local orchestras. 

Users must register in advance in order to be eligible to use this marvelous resource.

For details, call 202-727-1291, or email