Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Reading Through Time and Space: Denmark

Mermaids, ducklings and secluded coves

Mysteries like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have led to a boom in Scandinavian fiction for adults.  But what about fiction for children?  In this installation of Reading Through Time and Space, we will travel to a peaceful, misty country made up of one peninsula and 443 islands.

Holidays Off the Beaten Path

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.

Brown Bag Concert Series

Musical Performance

On 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.

Origami Seed Starters - A Hipstamatic Photo Essay

DCPL Resources for Garden Starting

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Popular African-American Series for Teens

Are 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!

Book Group: Fiction and Films

April Selection: 'Sacre Bleu'

This month, the Fiction Lover's Book Club is reading

'You Are Not Alone'

On 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.

2013 DC Emancipation Day Lectures

DC 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.

Hooray for Earth Day!

DC Public Library and UDC Jumpstart

UDC 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.

Children's staff in the spotlight

The super powers of Mary Phelan

You 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?

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