First-Time Author Wins National Book Award for Y.A. Lit
Debut 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 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.
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.
Hosted by Special Collections at MLK Library, November 3-6
This conference features lively presentations and cutting edge research related to the history of Washington, D.C. The conference opens with a reception and the Letitia Woods Brown Lecture given by Kenneth J. Winkle, Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on Thursday, November 3, from 6:15-7:30 p.m. The title of Winkle’s presentation is “Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, D.C.” This event takes place at the Goethe Institute (812 7th St. N.W.). All other conference sessions will be held at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library.
The DC Public Library is pleased to welcome local Maryland historian and author Anthony Pitch. He will be speaking about his latest book They Have Killed Papa Dead! The event is at 6:30 p.m. in the Washingtoniana Division (Room 307) on Tuesday, October 25.
September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. The MLK Children’s Library has some wonderful children’s books celebrating different Latino cultures available for check-out. Another important collection is the foreign language books at MLK, with children’s books in several languages (including Spanish), and our assortment of bilingual books. ¡Feliz lectura!