Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

The Harder They Come

Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Do you love good bflying books image courtesy www.fluxfun.comooks?  Are you looking for something great to read?  Do you like sharing your interests with others?  Then don't let this one get away! 

Join us on Monday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 221 as we discuss a new book group forming at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  Bring your enthusiasm, your love for literature and your best ideas.

For more information about the Fiction Lover's Book Club, contact the Popular Library at 202-727-1295.

Published on Monday, June 4, 2012

finalist painting, chidren's art competition on the environmentThe MLK Library will host the annual International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment, in which children ages 6 to 14 submit original works of art based on a yearly theme.

This year's theme is "Green Communities." 

Paintings from the top 70 finalists will be on display in the Second Floor, West Lobby June 4 to July 31.

An awards ceremony will be held on June 4.

Story Time and Mini Dance Workshop for All Ages

Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Photo of Step Afrika! PerformanceStep Afrika! Reads promotes reading and literacy skills with a special story time, then invites kids to get up on their feet to participate in a mini workshop with the artists from Step Afrika!'s newest production, nxt/step at several of our library locations.

Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teen SafetyThe community joined Dr. David Shapiro on Monday for an informative session on how to have a safe and fun-filled summer.

Dr. Shapiro will share basic safety tips and will be available to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Published on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jewish American Heritage MonthJewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is an annual recognition and celebration of Jewish American achievements in and contributions to the American history and culture. It is celebrated in May. Jewish American Heritage month was established by law in 2006.

The celebration developed through the work off U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, as well as the Jewish Museum of South Florida and the South Florida Jewish Community.

Published on Friday, May 11, 2012

In May and June, we will be offering a weekly film series of popular movies for adults.

So come down every Tuesday at 6 p.m. to Auditorium A-5 and catch those movies you meant to see in the theaters, but didn't make it to watch!

Scheduled movies are:

May 1: Contraband -- action, starring Mark Wahlberg. 109 mins. 2012 R
May 8: The Vow -- romance, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. 104 min. 2012 PG-13
May 15: The Grey -- action/adventure, starring Liam Neeson and Dermot Mulroney. 117 mins. 2011 R
May 22: The Devil Inside -- horror, starring Fernanda Andrade. 83 mins. 2012 R
May 29: Albert Nobbs -- drama, starring Glenn Close. 113 mins. 2012 R
June 5: Safe House -- action, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. 115 min. 2012 R

National Bike Month

Published on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May is National Bike Month and on May 19, DC Public Library will mark its third Tour de DCPL, a free bike tour of five of our neighborhood libraries. This year, the tour will be moving east of the river and start at the Southwest Neighborhood Library at 9 a.m.  From there, the tour will visit Anacostia Neighborhood Library, Francis Gregory Interim Library (including a ride by the site of new building) and Dorothy Height/Benning Neigborhood Library, and finish up at Southeast Neighborhood Library by Eastern Market.

Biking is both a healthy and environmentally friendly way to explore your city and libraries.  Each of the new DC Public Library buildings and construction projects are designed with sustainability in mind. These design principles can be seen on the tour at Anacostia, Francis Gregory and Dorothy Height/Benning.

For more information on Bike Month events in the Washington area, check out the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.  Meanwhile, be sure to sign up for the Tour de DCPL and check out some of these bike-related items at your neighborhood DC Public Library.