Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
April showers bring May flowers…April showers bring May flowers… Repeat this 100 times a day, and you may get through this damp and messy month. But in the meantime, check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:
April 1 – Sorry Charlie Day
April 1-30 – Library Snapshot Day

Musical Performance

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

picture of piano and celloOn Thursday, April 4, the Brown Bag Concert Series will feature music for the piano and the cello performed by local musicians.

These talented performers will be playing music by well known classical composers.  The concert will take place at the MLK Library, in auditorium A-5 at noon.  For more information, contact the Information Services Department, 202-727-1291.

DCPL Resources for Garden Starting

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Newspaper and seed packets1 Unfolded newspaper2 Folded paper seed paper3

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Doing My Own Thing book coverAre you over paranormal creatures of the night?

Is reading about a dark, dystopian future not your thing?

Maybe all you need is a book about the flirtations, friendships, fun . . . and drama of high school! If so, check out our popular African-American series for teens. Many of the titles are new to our shelves and some have been around for a while. Check them out!

April Selection: 'Sacre Bleu'

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sacre Bleu book cover1889 Self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh from the WebMuseum, courtesy month, the Fiction Lover's Book Club is reading Sacre Bleu, by Christopher Moore for discussion at our April meeting.  Subtitled "A Comedy d'Art," this ribald and lighthearted novel celebrates the lives and works of the I

Self Help Book Recommendation

Published on Monday, April 1, 2013

Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment book coverLet Go Now: Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey is an informative and practical read, if you wish to take time for yourself and develop a sense of inner peace.

Published on Sunday, March 31, 2013

bookcoverOn Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m., we will show You Are Not Alone, a film about black men who break taboos by speaking out about their depression and how they coped and survived.

Written and directed by Stanley Bennett Clay, author of Looker.

Antoine Craigwell, the film's producer, will be with us in the auditorium (A-5) to discuss his film.

Published on Friday, March 29, 2013

emancipation day2DC Emancipation Day pays tribute to the ending of slavery in the District of Columbia. The celebration began on April 16, 1862, shortly after President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. This decree led to the freeing of 3,100 slaves, reimbursed slaveholders, and offered the freed men and women funds to emigrate.

DC Public Library and UDC Jumpstart

Published on Friday, March 29, 2013

Image of child's hands holding a globeUDC Jumpstart volunteers have partnered with the DC Public Library to organize another special children's program. This month, we're celebrating Earth Day.

Want to make your own ladybug? Sit down with your Jumpstart friends for some springtime activities! Wondering what you can do to help the environment? Come to a special 3 p.m. storytime and learn about recycling and composting (and an earth-friendly recipe for compost stew)!

Join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, April 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Room 200 for a fun-filled afternoon of stories and crafts. For children ages 3-10.  

Need more information? Please call the Children's Department: 202-727-1248.

The super powers of Mary Phelan

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ms. Mary, superheroYou and I know her as Ms. Mary -- children's librarian and Baby Lap Time champion.  But did you know that behind the sweet smile, she's actually hiding top secret super library powers?  And that she's been using them every day?!  I interviewed her in-between adventures to get the scoop:

So, Ms. Mary -- is that your super hero name?
Yes.  And no.  It's Mary Virgo One.

How long have you been a part of DCPL?
2005, so 7 years since last November.

What's something great about this library that not enough people know about? 
Our collection is a treasure.