Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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. 

Meet Daisy and Ann: PAL Volunteers at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Sunday, April 28, 2013

Once a month at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, dogs and their owners from People Animals Love (PAL) come to help children practice their reading skills through the Read to a Four-Legged Friend program. PAL was founded by veterinarian Dr. Earl Strimple, who frequently saw the positive relationships that take place between animals and humans. PAL has grown from a program that began in 1982 aiding grieving individuals to one that serves humans in a variety of situations, from prisons to nursing homes. Although PAL volunteers have been to Martin Luther King Jr.

National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America

Published on Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cover of book Pocket Guide to the Birds of North AmericaThis little book will surprise even experienced birders with its word and picture portraits of what makes 160 of our most common birds anything but ordinary.  It packs an amazing amount of readable -- and intriguing -- information into a very small space.  The pictures not only show typical behaviors but succeed as attention grabbers in themselves.  The text is unique among bird guides with its telling vignettes that surprise, amuse, and most of all, make you feel you want to know more.   

Published on Friday, April 26, 2013

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Thursday, May 2

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013
photo of cello/keyboard

There will be a performance in the Brown Bag Concert series on Thursday, May 2 at noon, in room A-5, at the MLK library.

The concert will include classical music selections for cello and/or piano.  The performers are local professional musicians, who have been playing, on the first Thursday of each month, for more than 10 years.

Please come and enjoy the beautiful music.

Trialogue 2013

Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Trialogue2013In celebration of National Poetry Month and in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, the DC Public Library is pleased to host "Reading in the Stacks" featuring local poet Joseph Ross.

He will be reading his own work, featuring poetry about the graffiti artist Jean Michel Basquiat.

Resources for Stressed Out Teens

Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Behind Happy Faces book coverThere is a lot going on in the world . . . tragic bombings, terrorist mail, deadly explosions and threats of war. There are also the every day conflicts and stresses of school, work, and home. Things can overwhelm you and you may feel heightened feelings of anxiety and sadness.

A Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Symphony in BlackCome celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month and the birthday of legendary D.C. native, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, at the Black Studies Center on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

We will show the classic Ellington film, Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life. Afterwards, WPFW Radio Personality Rusty Hassan, will lead a discussion. This is an event you can't miss, even if you have to take the A train!

Join us in the Black Studies Center, Room 316.

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Why Jazz ?What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music? In Why Jazz? author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans.