Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Monday, July 2, 2012

E-ReadersThinking of buying a Kindle, but not sure which one to get? 

Received a Nook as a gift and not sure how to use it? 

Don't know the difference between an iPad and an iPod?  

Are you wondering how to go about downloading books, movies, and music from the library? 

Help is on the way. 

Beginning in July, lunchtime and afterwork demonstrations will offer a look at the new devices and step-by-step instructions on how to download books, music and movies from the library's website. Come meet the Popular Services staff and let us help you! You can bring your own device or take a look at ours.

Published on Monday, July 2, 2012

DCPL Book StackStarting this fall, booklovers will have a place downtown to get together and talk about books over lunch: The DC Public Library.  Readers will be able to bring their lunches, talk about their monthly reading and discover what other readers love and hate and why.  Members will share opinions about their favorites and compare notes on the hottest new titles.  Participants will also get a peek at what library staffers like to read. 

Heroism and its Discontents

Published on Thursday, June 21, 2012

The spate of recent and upcoming superhero movies tends only to show the more successful heroes and crimefighters; your Batmans, Spider-Mans, Avengers... But what about those second- or third-tier superheroes?

How about taking a look at the junior varsity superhero squad?

Published on Friday, June 15, 2012

On June 19, 1812, President James Madison issued a proclamation to the public, declaring the United States was at war with Great Britain. The previous day, he had sent a message to Congress asking for a declaration of war.  The war would define his presidency and the new nation.

To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a selection of books about the war from the History collection will be displayed outside of Room 207 during June. Read about how the United States and Great Britain become involved in war and its impact.

Poet Fred Joiner Shares Musical Words

Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

photo of Fred JoinerLocal poet and artist Fred Joiner will choose poems from the Black Studies collection that are inspired by Black music and share some of his own music-inspired poetry.

Fred Joiner's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Mosaic Literary Magazine and other publications. He has read widely throughout the Washington Metropolitan area and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Monday, June 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. for an evening of jazzy spoken word magic!

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Best American Short StoriesHave 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!

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes book coverIf you are now or have ever been a Trekkie, a Boomer, or a Gearhead, chances are that you have been touched by the work of Ray Bradbury.  While his contemporary Isaac Asimov is seen as a visionary, Bradbury is often overlooked.  However, it is the cinematic style and clear prose exhibited in his best work, including

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Official Diamond Jubilee LogoWatching all the royal doings in London, some of the Popular Library staff thought it would be a good idea to honor the Great Lady with a high tea of our own.  And why not?  Elizabeth II inherited the throne from her father, the much beloved George VI, as a young woman, but knew she was destined for greatness from a very young age.  She has since held her throne through the terms of 12 British prime ministers, 12 U.S.

Published on Friday, June 8, 2012

freed slaves imageIn recognition of Juneteenth, the DC Public Library presents a panel discussion by noted historians on the origins and celebration of Juneteenth. This panel discussion will include presentations by the following:

Dr. Sandra Jowers, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, History and Global Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Jowers holds a Ph.D. in History from Howard University.

Double Feature for Jamaican Heritage Month

Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Caribbean Seen: Double Feature will present two Jamaican films from two very different eras that both focus on the influence and impact of street culture on youth in search of quick fame and fortune.

Ky-Mani Marley and director Cess SilveraShottas (aka. Top Shottas)

Ky-Mani Marley and dancehall star Spragga Benz play two aspiring gangstas promoting chaos in Kingston, Miami and Washington, D.C. in this gritty crime drama, released in 2002..

Directed by Cess Silvera.

Rated R. 93 mins.



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