Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

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

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