Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Saturday, July 12, both children and adults celebrated Bastille Day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The first Bastille day occurred on July 14, 1789, when the Parisians stormed the Bastille, freed the prisoners, and took the building apart, stone by stone. This was the beginning of the French Revolution. Why did Parisians storm the Bastille? The Parisians stormed the Bastille because they were tired of the way that King Louis the 16th was running the country. The commoners were treated unfairly, and while the rich became richer, the poor could barely survive. Bastille Day was declared the national French holiday on July 6, 1880. You may not know this, but the key to the Bastille can actually be found at Mount Vernon today.

Featured Movie Tuesday July 29 at 6 p.m. in A-5

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

noahThink you know all about the story of Noah and how he built an ark?  There's more to it all than you might think.  The movie will let you imagine the saga we all think we know, in graphic detail, with some additions that you may decide add to the account--or not.

“Unlimited Access” Temporary Public Art Event for Banned Books Week

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014
CALL FOR ENTRIES: “Unlimited Access” Temporary Public Art Event for Banned Books Week

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, July 28

NOTIFICATION: Friday, August 1, 2014

EXHIBITION and PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS: Throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Four Nationals Players Swing by Four Neighborhood Libraries

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014
Four members of the Washington Nationals team took a break from the diamond last Saturday, July 19 to visit four neighborhood libraries.
The Anacostia, Deanwood, Mount Pleasant, and Tenley-Friendship Libraries hosted ballplayers Denard Span, Drew Storen, and Scott Hairston along with manager Matt Williams for an afternoon or fun and reading. Each Nationals member read one of their favorite baseball-themed stories to a crowd of excited youngsters and parents, then took some time to answer a few questions about reading and life in the big leagues. Check out a few pictures from the events below:

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014
A year and a day ago, the DC Public Library opened the Digital Commons.  Today, the 11,000 square-foot room is a popular place for entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, tech novices and students. 
  
Featuring 3-D printers, a book printing machine and more than 80 public computers, Digital Commons is a pace where the public can connect, collaborate, co-work and learn new technology for free.  Here’s a snapshot of what has happened in the Digital Commons’ first year:
 
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July Articles

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014
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This month's Featured articles discuss Facebook & Your Data.
 
This month’s article selection started off as a broader overview of social media privacy policies and an exploration of what our favorite social sites do with our personal data. But then Facebook announced a new feature that prompted a shift to look at how social media sites collect data through the use of added features and design tricks- we’ll be using Facebook as a case study.
 
1)      “A New, Optional Way to Share and Discover Music, TV, and Movies” by Aryeh Selekman

Published on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kyle MacLachlan playing Paul Muad'Dib in "Dune"This past June, we asked for people to vote on the MLK Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club's new name. Now the votes are in. From now on, the MLK Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club will be known as... Novum!

The name comes from a Latin term, used by sci-fi scholar Darko Suvin "to describe the scientifically plausible innovations used by science fiction narratives."

The highly anticipated finale in the 'All Souls Trilogy'

Published on Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Book of Life book coverAfter waiting so long for the conclusion of this series, this book immediately starts out where the second title left off. We come into the story having left Diana and Matthew discovering themselves and their relationship through time. It's broad reaching implications follow them seamlessly into this last installment.  Diana is quickly discovering her power, and Matthew is slowly coming to terms with the implications of his blood rage and place in the de Clermont family hierarchy. Back is the intensity of detail that readers love in the first two books. The dialog is well orchestrated and each character has an amazingly strong voice.

A STEAM Team Program with the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Peacock in the WoodsScience and Art intersect in this week's STEAM Team on Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. here in the Children's Room (200) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  Experts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum are coming to the Library to talk to you about Abbott Handerson Thayer and his artwork.

Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

mailboxLet's celebrate letter writing and mail delivery! Join us for a Family Fun Time on Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m in the Children's Room (Room 200).  

We will first read some wonderful stories about writing letters and the postal service.  Next we will get crafty!  Children can design and decorate their own postcards and stationery using craft materials that will be available.  After children finish creating their postcards or stationery, they can write letters or draw pictures on them. We will provide envelopes and stamps so that mail can be ready to send at the end of Family Fun Time. 

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