Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

Omnibus Film & Lecture Series

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Refugee Resettlement as a Life Saving Option: Monday, Oct. 29 - 6:30pm, Second Floor West Lobby

ircWe are proud to host a panel discussion, moderated by Erica Marcus, Communications and Advocacy Manager, International Rescue Committee.

The presentation will include:
• Overview of International Rescue Committee – Erica Marcus, International Rescue Committee
• United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' definition of a refugee and overview of refugee resettlement / Introduction to the Suburban Washington Resettlement Center – Erica Marcus

Part III: J.M. Barrie

Published on Monday, September 17, 2012

J. M. Barrie“All children, except one, grow up.”

Of course, this is the famous first line from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

It is safe to say the Peter Pan who comes to mind today is not the dynamic brainchild created by Barrie. Barrie’s Peter Pan is fanciful, sophisticated, and witty. As real-to-life as he is magical, Peter Pan is a typical boy, except for the fact that he can fly and lives in a place that dumbfounds Google Maps.

Peter Pan Cover ArtPeter Pan is an exaggerated stereotype: cocky, boastful, careless. With his reckless attitude and quick-fire remarks, he is the poster boy for youthful innocence ... and arrogance. Blissfully unaware of the dangers of swordplay, the permanence of death, and the consequences of both, Peter Pan floats through his life in a physical and mental state of eternal youth, a state J.M. Barrie remained in physically as well.

Celebrates DC Reads

Published on Friday, September 14, 2012

Reading Lolita in TehranThe DC Public Library celebrates the joy of reading with Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi during its DC Reads citywide reading program from October 15-November 15, 2012.

Celebrated author Azar Nafisi will present the following programs:

• Wednesday, Oct. 24. 6:30 p.m.: Book Talk & Signing, West End Library
• Saturday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m.: Onstage Conversation & Book Signing, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Thursday, September 13, 2012

jackiecollins1"Jackie Collins's Poor Little Bitch Girl contains a unique form of synactics that exemplifies the openly humanistic need for effortless, albeit exciting, access to non-empirically acquired experiences. Collins explores the rich tensions of consciousness within the characters, promoting a noesis of experience by subjecting her characters to intense and often morally compromising situations."
-- Dr. My Nguyen, fake professor of linguistics, in her groundbreaking, non-existing paper Cheap Thrills and the Noumena of Generative Grammar.