Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Motivational Moustaches

Part II: Robert Louis Stevenson

Scottish-born 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.

Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Eugene 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.

Test Your Strength: Art History

A 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.

Pop!: Meet Wendell

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.

Review: 'Magic Words' by Gerald Kolpan

Gerald Kolpan writes 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.

Book Group: Fiction and Films

Our First Selection: 'Water for Elephants'

On 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.

Camp NaNoWriMo

Write on!

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.

August Goodreads Book Group: Celebrity Memoirs

Have you been meaning to join a book group, but can never find the time to make it to meetings? Are you an avid social media user as well as an avid reader? Do you just want to read some good books and discuss them with others?Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads!

Pop!: Meet Allison

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 Allison.It was fellow Pop Library Associate Alana who first saw Allison, 21, and suggested I approach her for the Pop! fashion blog. I turned in the direction she was pointing. What I saw was a striking, self-possessed young woman with amazing hair. Her simultaneously basic and provocative prints (a mysterious eye pattern on her shirt! A pair of geometric-patterned leggings!) coexisted gorgeously with that magnificent pouf on her head. Perhaps she had decided that morning to reinterpret the 60s bouffant for the contemporary woman. (I approve.)The simplicity of her make-up—a swipe of black eyeliner on her lids—really framed the look. But what I found even more fascinating than Allison’s self-described "space princess" style was her intelligence, grace, and thoughtful responses.Read more after the jump.

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