Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Then Everything ChangedWant to join a book group, but don't have time for meetings? Are you an avid social media user as well as an avid reader? Just want to read some good books and discuss them with others?

Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads!

Goodreads is an online community of over 7 million readers. On the site, people share, rate, review, tag, recommend and organize their books. Goodreads also allows users to form groups. Each group has a virtual bookshelf for listing books of interest to the group and a space for forum-style discussions. As part of our group, we'll host monthly book discussions. Each month we’ll announce the theme (i.e. mystery, short stories, celebrity memoir) and then you choose the book you want to read and discuss.

It is election season in DC, so what could be more appropriate to read about this month than Presidents? The suggestions below and on the POTUS bookshelf cover alternate histories, political satire, historical fiction, biography and more.

Pick a book and join the discussion!

Published on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Our three models and makeup artist Jill Turnbull
Did you miss our make-up workshop with Jill Turnbull of the Washington Ballet? Never fear. We have put together tutorials for the three looks Turnbull and her lovely teen assistants put together:
Vampire Look #1
Vampire Look #2 ("Buffy Style")

Jill stressed three key things:
  1. You don't need fancy makeup to put together a complete Halloween look.
  2. Don't worry about being perfect. "It's not about being perfect," she said. "It's about the effect."
  3. During the makeup process, it's always good to step back and check your look.

Oh yeah ... and have fun!

Published on Friday, October 19, 2012

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.

Meet Kiara.


Not very many people can do the 60s mod look without rendering it as merely a costume. But when Kiara, 19, walked into the Popular Library, I was stunned by the ease in which she rocked the mini-dress/high boots/sassy hair combo. In a city of serious suits and sensible shoes, her style was completely refreshing.

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

cover image for: Please Kille MeYou may certainly find out in this exhaustive document of the birth and evolution of punk rock. Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk offers an interlocking narrative detailing the formative experiences of the first wave of Punk Rock in America.

DC Reads Event Highlights Life-Changing Choices

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Leaving one's homeland is never an easy decision.  In these films, this decision is made only slightly easier when two Iranian families consider the alternative:

A Separation DVD coverA Separation (Jodái-e Náder az Simin)
A film by by Asghar Farhadi.

A Joint Book Club Discussion

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lolita book coverReading Lolita in Tehran book coverThis month, staff leaders of the book groups based at Martin Luther King Jr.

October's Selection: Enrique's Journey

Published on Monday, October 15, 2012

Enrique's Journey book coverThis month, the Fiction Lover's Book Club is reading Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario, for discussion at our October meeting.  The book tells the true story of a Honduran teenager who is determined to ride the tops of freight trains to reach the United States, in a desperate search for his mother who left home many years before.

September's Selection: 'The Tiger's Wife'

Published on Monday, October 15, 2012

The Tiger's Wife book coverFrom  "The Tyger" by William Blake:Photo of 2012 burial of war victims from The Advocacy Project

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

LOL Teen Movie Night Every Friday at 3pm!

Published on Monday, October 15, 2012
Battleship Movie Avengers Movie Step-Up 3 Movie

Published on Friday, October 12, 2012

JazzOn Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m., enjoy a lovely evening of jazz music performed by the University of the District of Columbia's Small Jazz Ensemble in the Great Hall at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.