Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

Published on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon TattooHave 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 new online book discussion group on Goodreads!

Published on Friday, May 4, 2012

To Kill a MockingbirdLive to Read, D.C.'s citywide celebration of literature, presented by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., will take place this year from May 12 through May 24.

"Black Wax": Film and Discussion about Gil Scott-Heron

Published on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

photo of Black Wax DVDIn honor of both Jazz and Poetry Appreciation month, the Black Studies Center honors the life and work of poet, musician, social activist and self-proclaimed "bluesologist" Gil Scott-Heron by showing the film, "Black Wax."  WPFW radio host Wayne Tucker, also a personal friend of Heron's, will introduce this film, which was shot in Washington, D.C. in 1982.

After the film, ask questions or share your thoughts and memories of the inimitable Gil Scott-Heron in a discussion led by Tucker. This program takes place in the Black Studies Center, Room 316 of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23.

We look forward to seeing you!

2012: The Sesquicentennial of D.C. Emancipation

Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Please join us Monday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. for a stimulating panel discussion commemorating the 150th anniversary of D.C. Emancipation, featuring Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Ph.D., Public History Program Director at Howard University and Bartholomew Toe, Senior Doctoral Student, Howard University Public History Program.

This program will be held at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in the Black Studies Center, located on the third floor, Room 316.

MLK Library in the 5x5 Arts Festival

Published on Monday, March 26, 2012

Image of blimp named Hawk by Isabella StreffenYou may have noticed that a couple of zeppelins have appeared at the corner of 9th and G streets N.W. on the outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What do you know about D.C. History? Come see young people from throughout the city show off their skills as students from four D.C. high schools compete to demonstrate how much they know about historical and contemporary D.C. elections, D.C. government, and D.C.'s political milestones. The purpose of this competition is to help prepare students for the Primary Election April 3 and the General Election November 6. This will be the first General Election in D.C. in which 17-year-olds can vote for president. This exciting event takes place at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in room A-5 on March 15 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

We Know DC is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia and the Washingtoniana Division of DC Public Library.

"Transformative Leadership: Tracing the Life and Legacy of E.J. Josey"

Published on Monday, March 12, 2012

photo of Renate ChancellorPlease join us in the Black Studies Center for an enlightening lecture on the life of E.J. Josey! Professor Renate Chancellor of the Catholic University of America will share research from her forthcoming book in a talk entitled, "Transformative Leadership: Tracing the Life and Legacy of E.J. Josey." Josey was a pioneering librarian, instrumental in integrating the American Librarian Association and founding its Black Caucus.