Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

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!). 

Book Review: 'Bacon Nation'

When I first saw this book, my mouth began to water. Bacon seems to be the new food trend as you see it in everything from chocolate to cocktails. Why? Because everyone, even some vegetarians that I know, loves bacon. The book begins with buying and basic cooking techniques. Making sure that you get proper bang for your bacon buck, it also talks about uses for the bacon grease--popcorn popped in bacon fat, anyone? 

Free Downloadable Magazines: We've Got You Covered

If you haven't had the chance to check out Zinio, DC Public Library's new online database of free magazines, now is a great time to do it!

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