Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Kid inventors

Published on Saturday, February 8, 2014

Brrr. It is cold outside and if you use earmuffs to keep your ears warm, you have a kid from 1873 to thank for that. earmuffs_image

Tired of his ears freezing while he was testing out a new pair of skates, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood from Maine used wire to make two-ear shaped loops and beaver fur and cloth sewn on by his grandmother to create the first-ever earmuffs

MLK Library Celebrates Freedom

Published on Friday, February 7, 2014

MLK Library Freedom Quilt DisplayOn Saturday, Feb. 1, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room hosted a Black History Month Kickoff Celebration. With crafts, stories, and puppets, we got Black History Month off to a great start at the library.  

One of the crafts we did was make patches for the Library's very own Freedom Quilt.

Learn about how far a firm handshake and solid cover letter can take you

Published on Friday, February 7, 2014

Interview clip artSummer's around the corner, and with it comes the summer job market. From day camps to scooping ice cream, there are lots of options for teens to earn some money. 

Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you land the job you want:

Exploring Romance in Teen Space

Published on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Teen Space Valentine DisplayRomeo and Juliet?  Superman and Lois Lane? Hermione and Ron? Who is your favorite couple? Stop by Teen Space on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library and fill out a candy heart letting us know who the lovely pair is, and we'll put it on display!  

While you're here, be sure to check out one of the many great love stories that we have on our shelves. Celebrate the spirit of the Valentine's season by falling in love with a good book. Whether you're in love, looking for love, or loving the single life, we have something for you.  

Here are some of our staff favorites for YA romance:  

Civil Rights Open Mic hosted by Derrick Weston Brown

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Derrick W. BrownCelebrate Black History Month with the power of the word by joining us on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. for a rousing Civil Rights-themed Open Mic hosted by Derrick Weston Brown of Busboys and Poets.

We will begin to accept sign-ups at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.

All ages welcome.

Bring your best poem about any Civil Rights issue!

Helping You Find Reliable Information Every Friday Morning

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Image of keyboardDid you know the library has more than just books? We also have online resources available through our website that you can access in the library or from home!

Meet us in the third-floor computer lab every Friday at 10:30 a.m. to learn about the following online resources:

Feb. 7: Black Studies

Civil Rights In America

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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Shola Lynch

Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

This month's Manga Club at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Teen Space focused on Ninja and Samurai. We learned about the historical similarities and differences between Japan's two iconic warriors as well as the many myths and legends that make them so unforgettable.

Did you know that Ninja literally means "invisible men," and the youngest recorded ninja assassin was only 13 years old? Also, Samurai adhered to a strict code of moral conduct known as Bushido that placed honor and service above even their own lives. 

Don't worry if you missed out. Here are some great books from our collection to learn more:

Georgetown Professor Maurice Jackson presents the Black History Month Keynote Lecture

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

maurice jackson photoOn Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., we are delighted to present the Black History Month Keynote Lecture by Georgetown University Professor Maurice Jackson.

Dr. Jackson will speak on the topic, "Great Black Music and the Desegregation of Washington, D.C."

Professor Jackson is the author of Let this Voice Be Heard, Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism and is currently at work on a social, political, and cultural history of African Americans Washington, D.C.

This exciting program will take place in the Great Hall.

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