Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Poet Fred Joiner Shares Musical Words

Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

photo of Fred JoinerLocal poet and artist Fred Joiner will choose poems from the Black Studies collection that are inspired by Black music and share some of his own music-inspired poetry.

Fred Joiner's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Mosaic Literary Magazine and other publications. He has read widely throughout the Washington Metropolitan area and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Monday, June 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. for an evening of jazzy spoken word magic!

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Best American Short StoriesHave you been meaning to join a book group, but can never find the time to make it to meetings? Are you an avid social media user as well as an avid reader? Do you just want to read some good books and discuss them with others?

Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads!

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes book coverIf you are now or have ever been a Trekkie, a Boomer, or a Gearhead, chances are that you have been touched by the work of Ray Bradbury.  While his contemporary Isaac Asimov is seen as a visionary, Bradbury is often overlooked.  However, it is the cinematic style and clear prose exhibited in his best work, including

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Official Diamond Jubilee LogoWatching all the royal doings in London, some of the Popular Library staff thought it would be a good idea to honor the Great Lady with a high tea of our own.  And why not?  Elizabeth II inherited the throne from her father, the much beloved George VI, as a young woman, but knew she was destined for greatness from a very young age.  She has since held her throne through the terms of 12 British prime ministers, 12 U.S.

Published on Friday, June 8, 2012

freed slaves imageIn recognition of Juneteenth, the DC Public Library presents a panel discussion by noted historians on the origins and celebration of Juneteenth. This panel discussion will include presentations by the following:

Dr. Sandra Jowers, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, History and Global Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Jowers holds a Ph.D. in History from Howard University.

Double Feature for Jamaican Heritage Month

Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Caribbean Seen: Double Feature will present two Jamaican films from two very different eras that both focus on the influence and impact of street culture on youth in search of quick fame and fortune.

Ky-Mani Marley and director Cess SilveraShottas (aka. Top Shottas)

Ky-Mani Marley and dancehall star Spragga Benz play two aspiring gangstas promoting chaos in Kingston, Miami and Washington, D.C. in this gritty crime drama, released in 2002..

Directed by Cess Silvera.

Rated R. 93 mins.

The Harder They Come

Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Do you love good bflying books image courtesy www.fluxfun.comooks?  Are you looking for something great to read?  Do you like sharing your interests with others?  Then don't let this one get away! 

Join us on Monday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 221 as we discuss a new book group forming at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  Bring your enthusiasm, your love for literature and your best ideas.

For more information about the Fiction Lover's Book Club, contact the Popular Library at 202-727-1295.

Published on Monday, June 4, 2012

finalist painting, chidren's art competition on the environmentThe MLK Library will host the annual International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment, in which children ages 6 to 14 submit original works of art based on a yearly theme.

This year's theme is "Green Communities." 

Paintings from the top 70 finalists will be on display in the Second Floor, West Lobby June 4 to July 31.

An awards ceremony will be held on June 4.

Story Time and Mini Dance Workshop for All Ages

Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Photo of Step Afrika! PerformanceStep Afrika! Reads promotes reading and literacy skills with a special story time, then invites kids to get up on their feet to participate in a mini workshop with the artists from Step Afrika!'s newest production, nxt/step at several of our library locations.

Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teen SafetyThe community joined Dr. David Shapiro on Monday for an informative session on how to have a safe and fun-filled summer.

Dr. Shapiro will share basic safety tips and will be available to answer any questions or concerns you might have.