Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

Published on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya AngelouThe DC Public Library celebrates the life and work of Maya Angelou, who died today at age 86. A poet, author, dancer, and civil rights activist, Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographical works, which began with 1969's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her book of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, Angelou was also awarded a National Medal of Arts, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and more than 50 honorary degrees. 

The Library is proud to hold a wide selection of Maya Angelou's work:

Books

Our Friday STEAM program all about seeds and plants

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Friday, May 30, STEAM program will introduce the science of botany! Learning about seeds and plants is a great way to get ready for summer. It also sparks ideas for healthy eating. In this program children will learn about the parts of a seed, germination, and plant structure. They will also plant their own seeds and take home a chart in order to record its growth.
 
Want to inspire your budding botanist? Check out these titles:

Backyard: Fun Experiments for Budding Scientists
By Lisa Burke

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #4

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Librarians are constantly asked by parents for a series for their child who is an advanced reader. But they don't want content that is too advanced for a younger child. I offer the Incorrigible Children as a wonderful alternative!The Interrupted Tale book art Amazingly pithy, very complex, layered with mystery, and lots of detail for advanced readers. This is an amazing series, but be warned...

His Newest Title "The Finisher" is Available Now at the Library

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Being a librarian means a lot of things, but what I appreciate about it the most is the idea that I am in the "book business." I know that is a stretch, but I like to think that I play a small part in the massive world of writing and publishing. Every time I am sent a book before it's published, every time I recommend a title to a patron, every time I write a book review, every time I participate in feedback sessions with publishers, I like to think that I am participating in the process of helping someone connect to someone else through the written and published word.

A Weekly Film Series for Adults at 6:00pm in Auditorium A-5

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Pop Movies, Every Tuesday
June's films includes a series of short films in honor of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month,
as well as our exciting popular cinema.
True-to-Life Afghan war drama starring Mark Wahlberg, nail-biting suspense with Liam Neeson and an animated blockbuster!

Mark Wahlberg picLiam Neeson pic

Published on Friday, May 23, 2014
District of Change

The District has a rich cultural history, including the Go-Go scene, punk rock, the Washington Color School and other artistic movements, which flourished at a time when D.C. was thought of as a government town. As the city continues to grow, can artists still find a welcoming home in D.C.? How can the city continue to foster these creative movements?
 
More than 100 people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to discuss D.C.'s changing art and music scene at the DC Public Library’s first District of Change event. 

One Young Deaf Woman's Education

Published on Friday, May 23, 2014

Building Bridges Crossing Borders

Published on Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., as author and Washington Post writer, Steve Vogel discusses his book Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation.
 

Podcast Available

Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
On May 20, author Walter Mosley discussed and signed his latest book, “Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. You can listen to the whole talk along with the question and answer session below:

Traditional. Creative. Contemporary.

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If you're like me, you often find yourself staring at areas of your home and plotting your next project. You have an idea of how you'd like something to look, but you cant quite materialize the thought. Luckily, your local library has thousands of interior decorating books. Below, I've compiled a few of my top picks. The design philosophies will be: Traditional, Creative and Contemporary. I'd love to include Shabby Chic and 60's Retro, but they seem to have run their course. 

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