Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

'Umbrella Academy' - Volume One

Apocalypse Suite, volume one of Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and

The Civil War for Kids

Commemorating the Sesquicentennial

The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War is this year.  It's also called the “sesquicentennial” (try saying that 10 times fast!). 

Bayard Rustin, the March on Washington and LGBT Community

Bayard Rustin played a seminal role in the American Civil Rights Movement.  In 1947, he helped plan the Freedom Rides, a tour of cities in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky designed to challenge racial segregration.  Among a number of challenges in the early 1960s, he withstood violent attacks and jail time for his acts of civil disobedience.

DC By the Book

Children Testing Themselves

DC By the Book covers literature for all ages. Readers need to know of two novels about protagonists who seek to prove themselves by taking on responsibility and risk beyond their years.

Book Review: 'The Okinawa Program'

How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health

I first read The Okinawa Program some years ago, and it permanently changed my eating habits for the better.

Budding Young Poets

During the Dig into Poetry and Jazz program held June 25 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s children’s room, a number of young aspiring poets were discovered. After listening to various types of jazz music and learning about some of the great jazz musicians such as Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Ella Fitzgerald, the children experienced poetry through recitation and playing a poetry word game. 

DC By the Book

Gilded and Jaded

DC By the Book mapping project is in full bloom with many sites of D.C. literature placed on the map.Two more novel candidates are the classic Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Young Adult fave author Rachel Cohn's You Know Where to Find Me.

Amelia Earhart's birthday!

July 24, 1897

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.  This Wednesday, July 24, is her 116th birthday!Celebrate this record-setting role model with your children using the following books:

Book Review: 'Play'

How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

This book is a great antidote to feeling guilty for taking time off "just" to play. The new research on the subject is fascinating. By the time you finish this book, you will see play as such a necessity to doing well at everything else in your life, you may just feel guilty for not making more time to play (if you do, that probably proves you really are suffering a play deficit, so go play!). 

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