Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Sunday, January 22, 2012

Marita GoldenThe theme for Black History Month 2012 is African American Women in History and Culture. The DC Public Library is hosting a panel discussion by award-winning novelist and essayist Marita Golden. She will moderate on historical and contemporary black female cultural and media images and mythology and their impact on African-American women, the African-American community and global perceptions of black women.

Published on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

book jacket to Prove it on meDr. Erin Chapman will discuss her first book manuscript, Prove It on Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s.  The book is a history of the cultural investment in African-American women’s images and bodies that pervaded U.S. society in the midst of transformations in race politics, sexual mores and popular culture that defined the New Negro era of the early 20th century.

Food Trucks Take Over DC

Published on Thursday, January 12, 2012

Something really exciting has been happening in DC over the last couple of years.  There’s an explosion of food trucks in the downtown area.  DC is in the process of changing its laws making it easier for these small businesses to operate throughout the city. Say goodbye to a half-smoke hot dog being your only street food option.  On any given weekday a quick walk by the intersection of G and 12th Streets, NW you’ll encounter at least six food trucks offering choices ranging from Indian, Ethiopian, lobster rolls, pizza, kebabs, crab cakes, Korean tacos and barbeque to just name but a few.

Published on Friday, December 30, 2011

Book Author Mikki Taylor gives readers an insightful guide to First Lady Michelle Obama’s signature style. Taylor also offers tips on how to possess and manage your style like a first lady. From stunning photographs to inspiring ideas, Commander in Chic taps into just about everything you need to know to possess great style.    

Circulating Copies Are Also Available for Check-Out

Published on Monday, December 12, 2011


First-Time Author Wins National Book Award for Y.A. Lit

Published on Thursday, November 17, 2011

Inside Out and Back AgainDebut author Thannha Lai is this year's winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Inside Out and Back Again tells the story of a 10-year-old named Hà who flees Vietnam with her mother and three older brothers during the fall of Saigon. The beautiful narrative poetry provides a stark contrast to the harsh life that Hà experiences as a refugee amid wartime struggles.

The field of children's literature has seen an explosion in narrative stories told in verse. Here are a few recommended titles for you to read:

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

SchoolTalk, D.C. Partners in Transition, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's Adaptive Services Team Up for a Cause

Published on Thursday, November 17, 2011

Come to an event on Friday, November 18, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Teatro Goldoni restaurant.

Published on Monday, November 14, 2011

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In honor of Puerto Rican Heritage Month, authors Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Lyn Di Iorio will read from their novels and discuss the origins of Latino spiritual rituals and describe how such practices are expressed through plot and character in their work.

Bringing Users and Designers Together

Published on Thursday, November 10, 2011

The following is a list of products that have been proposed to be built collaboratively as a part of an ongoing Accessibility Hackathon project at DC Public Library.  The first event of this kind will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Library Lab space and Room 215 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  Further events in the project will be announced on the calendar under Accessibility Hackathon.
Please send any comments or additional ideas to

Register for the first event at:

Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The DC Public Library is proud to host the third annual Veterans Day History Celebration jointly with the Library of Congress. Please join us as we honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives fighting for their country and learn how their stories are being preserved for future generations. Presenters include the Women of FREED (U.S. African American Civil War Museum), Experience Corps, Model Cities Steppers, and the Veterans History Project (Library of Congress). Dr. Emory Tolbert, Professor of History at Howard University, will deliver the keynote address.