Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Something really exciting has been happening in D.C. over the last few years.  There’s been an explosion of food trucks in the downtown area.  D.C. is in the process of changing its laws and making it easier for these small businesses to operate throughout the city.  Gone are the days when a half-smoke hot dog was your only option.  On any given weekday a quick walk by the intersection of G and 12th streets NW will reveal at least six food trucks offering choices ranging from Indian, Ethiopian, lobster rolls, pizza, kabobs, crab cakes, Korean tacos and barbecue to name just a few.

Published on Friday, August 3, 2012

Come join us for some food, fun and music as we kick off Books & Bites -- a limited engagement with some of D.C.'s tastiest food trucks in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

We're kicking off this delicious series on Wednesday, Aug. 8 with the East of the River Police Boys and Girls Steel Band, starting at 11 a.m. Come join us!

And if you can't make it out on Wednesday, the trucks will be back next week. But this food truck special is only for a limited time, so don't dally.

You can find more information, including a list of potential vendors, on our website.

Part II: Robert Louis Stevenson

Published on Friday, August 3, 2012

Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson is recognized today as one of the most popular British authors by the end of the nineteenth century. What few people realize is that this world-renowned author was somewhat of a misfit growing up.

Published on Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gore VidalEugene Luther Gore Vidal, an impressive essayist, critic, playwright, political activist, novelist, screenwriter and general raconteur raised in the Washington, D.C. area, passed away July 31, 2012.

Vidal's genius was apparent when, at 25 years of age, he wrote the satiric novel The Judgement of Paris, a critically acclaimed retelling of the Greek myth. His penchant for highlighting traditionally forbidden subject matter put off some critics, but delighted others who saw in Vidal an intellectual who dared to challenge the status quo.

Published on Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kids playing chess

Published on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cover image of A.S. Byatt's ElementalsA favorite library past-time, some might call it a "super power" actually, is to identify masterpieces that are used as book jacket illustrations.

You, gentle reader, may now test your super powers as well. Ready? Good.

Pictured on the left is the cover to an A.S. Byatt story collection called Elementals. Who painted the original cover image?

If you need a hint: A very famous pastel drawing by this artist was recently sold at Sotheby's for a cool $119.9 million.

Published on Wednesday, August 1, 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 Wendell.


Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gerald Kolpan writes Cover of 'Magic Words'in the seasoned language of a long-time reporter, and this gives his fiction both legitimacy and believability, which works to his advantage when his characters wind up in somewhat unbelievable situations.

Our First Selection: 'Water for Elephants'

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012

Water for Elephants book coverOn Monday, July 16, book lovers came together to celebrate libraries and literature in the inaugural meeting of the new Fiction Lover's Book Club at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Attendees arrived to jazz and freebies and began a conversation about their favorite books and authors.  The group also talked about new books due to be published in the fall and winter of 2012.

Write on!

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012

National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, is an annual online program that challenges its participants to write 50,000 words in only 30 days. An officially recognized nonprofit organization, the Office of Letters and Light are responsible for the creation of NaNoWriMo, which every November allows thousands of individuals around the world to contribute their time, energy and literary genius to the project.

Not everyone wants to wait until November, though -- and why should they? For those ambitious and impatient novelists, there is now Camp NaNoWriMo, and it's coming to DC Public Library!