Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

DC Public Schools and most DC Public Charter Schools will be on break from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5. Each day of spring break Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will offer a fun educational program for children ages 5 and up. So take a break from a computer and join us each day for a new exciting adventure and learn something, too.

Monday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
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Did you know the cherry blossoms were a gift from Japan?

Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Live Empowered logo from the American Diabetes AssociationThe DC Public Library, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, is hosting a series of presentations on healthy living and wellness.

Beginning April 9, this series will be held on the second Tuesday of each month through December 2013 in the second-floor East Lobby (outside Room 220) at 12:30 p.m. 

Spend your lunch hour picking up tips on living a long, healthy life!

Visit our website for details on specific topics to be presented each month. 

Questions? Contact the Information Services Department, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 202-727-1291.

A Weekly Popular Film Series for Adults at 6 p.m. in A-5

Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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