Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cover of 'Between the Dark and the Daylight'A Google search of author Richard Marsh will bring up reviews likening his work to modern horror writers, and some even refer to him as the predecessor of an author like Stephen King.  However, most of the stories in Between th

Featuring Cowabunga!

Published on Friday, August 17, 2012

Cowabunga!Cowabunga! is a pop punk band from Northern Virginia composed of Ian Marsh, Keven Loiselle, Joe Murray, Tommy Wiseman, and Jordan Black. Not your stereotypical collection of 20-something burnouts, these boys mix hardcore house shows with full-time course loads. They've survived college, numerous tours along the East Coast, Virginia's super storms, and still managed to make time to release three EPs, with another on the way. And that's not the most impressive thing about these guys from Washington's backyard.

I had the pleasure to chat with these guys between shows this past July. Read on to learn more about their tour life, recording process, first kisses, future plans and whether or not they think Chad Gilbert and Hayley Williams will last.

Published on Wednesday, August 15, 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 Leandria.


Architect Mies van der Rohe once said that God is in the details. While he passed away decades before recent Howard University graduate Leandria, 21, stepped into the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library—incidentally, a library that he himself designed—Leandria nevertheless took a cue from van der Rohe in constructing her outfit.

Simplicity done well is more difficult than one would think; anyone can just throw on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt and call it a day. It takes an affinity for detail that elevates basic pieces into something stylistically inimitable, and, ultimately, stylistically yours. Leandria's outfit has it in the [Michael Kors] bag. Read more about her after the jump.

Published on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Russian Literature

Brooding. Laughter. Drinking. Love triangles. Sex. Adultery. Murder.

Sounds like the makings of a Jackie Collins novel. But, actually, I'm referring to Russian literature.

What makes Russian literature even better than Jackie Collins novels, though, is that they incorporate all the exciting, sinful things that people do in life with extremely well-written narratives that raise philosophical and moral questions that are still pertinent to us today.

Have you ever wondered about the nature of humanity? What is love? Is life absurd? What defines identity and gender within societal parameters?

Published on Friday, August 10, 2012

Ed CoxOn September 1, 1992, a stroke at the tender age of 46 cut short the life of Ed Cox, native Washingtonian and poet. Fortunately for us, poet Richard Peabody published Cox's posthumous Collected Poems in 2001.

Published on Friday, August 10, 2012

Cornbread, Earl, and MeCome celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library with unforgettable movies from the 1970s, Wednesday, August 22 to Friday, August 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room A-5.

See classics such as Car Wash, Cornbread, Earl & Me and Cabaret!

Bring a friend and remember one of the most memorable periods in film history! Check the calendar for more details.

MLK 40th Anniversary Old Skool/Nu Skool/Back to School Celebration

Published on Thursday, August 9, 2012

MJ photoIn celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the MLK Library, join us Saturday, August 25, 1 to 5 p.m. for Old Skool/Nu Skool/Back to School, a '70s style family block party, featuring:

* Celebration of Chuck Brown's Birthday with a presentation by D.C. music legend Jimi Dougans of the Young Senators
* Performance by '70s funk/R&B group Cops Come Knockin'
* Back-to-school giveaways and activities, including dental and health screenings with school forms, school uniform sales and library cards
* A table accepting donations to the Chuck Brown Archive
* Gourmet food trucks
* '70s music mix and Soul Train line!

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

photo of Courtland MilloyOn August 21, 1972, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors for the very first time. Come join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this iconic Mies van der Rohe building on Tuesday, August 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall. Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy will offer a thought-provoking keynote address that reflects upon the past 40 years of MLK library as an integral part of D.C. life. 

The Herman Burney Trio will provide a jazzy commentary on the evening. Hope to see you there!

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Adventure of Wisteria LodgeWe all have a list of classic books we have meant to read over the years, and we also have our favorite classics that we like to revisit from time to time. We invite you to take advantage of thousands of classic titles that are always readily available for download through the DC Public Library’s website.

Cirque du Soleil Is Coming To Town

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cirque du Soleil Totem Promo TeamLearn to juggle, get your face painted and enter for a chance to win tickets to see Totem at the National Harbor. The Totem Promo Team has lots of fun activities planned. Don't miss the opportunity to interact with them Friday, August 10 at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall. This program is fun for all ages.