Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

DC Reads Excerpts Performance

Published on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Come join us in the Great Hall on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. as Elisabeth Mehl Greene's chamber opera brings Azar Nafisi's bestselling work to music. 

The libretto, co-written with Iranian-American poet Mitra Motlagh, retells Nafisi's experiences teaching Western literature after the Iranian Revolution, first in the classroom, and then in secret to a group of young women students.  By reflecting the challenges of her reading group through the prism of Lolita, Gatsby, James, and Austen, Nafisi both paints a picture of the grim realities of Revolutionary Iran and shows how literature provides universal insights into the human condition.

Opening the Source Theatre Archives

Published on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"It was the Source Theater ... that offered a place to start.  ... When I'm asked about the Source Theater Company, I share fond memories of working with Pat, Keith Parker (Source Theater Festival) and other artists in the nation's capital, where my career in theater began."
-- Actor Clayton LeBouef

The Source Theatre is an institution in the D.C. theater scene. It's where many young and hungry actors, playwrights and directors got their start; it's where artists felt comfortable pushing boundaries, and it's where D.C. audiences could laugh, love and cry.

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The ShiningWant 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!

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

In my father's country  book coverIn My Father's Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate, is a riveting and harrowing account of an Afghan woman’s journey from her native war-torn homeland to her new adoptive country of the United States. From the day Saima was born, her father knew she was destined to be great. Determined to defy the odds of a Pashtun woman, Saima finds herself in constant conflict with the culture and traditions of which she was reared in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- then adopting the westernized views, and freedoms of women in the United States.

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Red Hat  book coverRed Hats is a warm, funny and heart wrenching debut novel by noted comedian and actor Damon Wayans. The novel tells the story of Alma, a recently widowed, embittered, short-tempered and feisty 64-year-old woman who unexpectedly gets her life entangled with a group of women from a local Red Hats Society chapter. 

Book and Boubon Pairings

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

cover image of World WhiskeyFall is here and with it comes the lure of changing colors, warmth, woodsmoke, gravy and sweaters. Almost nothing is better paired with those items better than bourbon and a book. Fortunately your library has you covered on all counts.

Published on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Whenever I hear about a celebrity cookbook I tend to brush it off as some sort of narcissism, believing that it's impossible for someone like Eva Longoria to be that talented of an actor, that traditionally beautiful and be that adept in the kitchen. Last winter, I stumbled across Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends in the Information Services Division, I picked it up with a raised brow, prepared to scoff at the recipes, which I was sure would be trendy, unfilling and obnoxiously nutritious. I was surprised to find photos of hearty meals that made my mouth water just thinking about them (granted it was just before lunch), and I checked the book out immediately.  

Published on Thursday, September 27, 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 Kial.


African Immigrants' Service in U.S. Military

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

US Soldier Standing in fornt of Amrican FlagThis event, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (A-5), features a 3-part panel discussion that focuses on issues related to U.S. active duty military and veterans who are African immigrants.

It is sponsored by National Association Black Veterans and U.S. African-Born Military and Veterans.

Panel One: National Security
Includes representatives from AFRICOM, the United States Africa Command; Sen. Adam Smith, ranking member of the Armed Services Committee and FBI representatives. They will discuss security and African engagement.


Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

EU logoSilvia Kofler, Spokesperson & Head of Press and Public Diplomacy, Delegation of the European Union, will discuss her office’s role as the public face of the 27 nation organization, Second-Floor West Lobby.

For more information, please contact Wendell Kellar at, or 202-727-1295.