Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

Photo of cover of DC Comics : sixty years of the world's favorite super heroesOne of the great joys of living in Washington, D.C. is that there is always something new and exciting to do.

That tradition continued this past weekend with the first convention for comic book, sci-fi and pop culture fans called Awesome Con DC.  If you missed it, or are not yet ready to stop getting your geek on, DCPL is here to save you!

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

Speaking Wiri WiriDan Vera is a D.C.-based poet who has made many contributions to the literary landscape of Washington, not least of which is the fabulous DC Writers' Homes website, which maps the houses where writers lived and worked right here in DC.

Published on Sunday, April 21, 2013

KnittingAh, spring. Time to pull out the sundresses, watch March Madness, revel in the glory of DC’s cherry blossoms. That is, if you want to experience a typical spring in DC.

Book Display

Published on Sunday, April 21, 2013
Manners Made Easy for Teens by June Hines Moore
  • Do you think the Golden Rule holds meaning for today's dating scene?
  • Do you treat your dates the way you want them to treat you?
  • Are you being treated right?

Come to Teen Space to browse a display of dating etiquette books along with novels and poems about romance.

Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013

book jacket for Renters RightsIf you are a renter, you should read Renter's Rights: The Basics 7th Edition by NOLO, a trusted publisher in legal books for the layperson.

Renters' Rights: The Basics covers important issues that all tenants need to understand in negotiating with their landlords.  After reading this book, you will understand issues such as legal reasons for turning down your lease application, and what constitutes illegal discrimination in housing.

Live Stage Play on Hoarding

Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013


Published on Friday, April 19, 2013

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan MayberryI have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of horror movies.  The onscreen blood and gore turns my stomach, and I don’t like the surprises of a killer/monster/zombie horde leaping out and winnowing down the cast.  But horror in a book I can usually take, especially if there’s a great story behind it.  A good example would by Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry.  Perhaps you, too, would like to be up to your eyeballs with these particular undead.