Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

On May 8, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will close at 3 p.m. to set up for the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Brian Selznick.

Tour de DCPL

National Bike Month

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.

Join Our New Online Book Group!

Have 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?

Live to Read: 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Live 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.

Jazz Appreciation Month

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

In 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.

Emancipation Day Event

2012: The Sesquicentennial of D.C. Emancipation

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.

Zeppelins Rising

MLK Library in the 5x5 Arts Festival

You 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.

High School Competition: "We Know DC"

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.

Lecture Series: Black Studies Center

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

Please 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.

84th Academy Award Nominees Announced

Read the book!

This past Tuesday morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 84th Academy Awards.  Four of the ten nominees for Best Picture are based on award winning and best-selling books.

Black History Month Program

A Discussion of Manning Marable's Biography of Malcolm X

Please join us in the Black Studies Division at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library on February 21, at 6:30 p.m. for a stimulating discussion of the late Manning Marable's final work, Malcolm X, A Life of Reinvention. This discussion of Marable's controversial biography of Malcolm X will be led by Dr. Doug E. Taylor, Assistant Professor of English at Howard University.

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