Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Monday, April 12, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Published on Thursday, April 8, 2010

Washington DC is home to a very active community of advocates, fighting for fair housing and the rights of people without homes. As the seat of this nation's democratic government, DC is an epicenter for advocacy, activism, and social change.

DC is also home to a large population of homeless people, and that population grows larger each day, as housing prices continue to skyrocket, and job loss deepens.

Come learn about some of the movements currently underfoot to fight homelessness--from local grassroots campaigns to larger national campaigns. And find out what YOU can do to help people get the housing and services they need to get back on their feet and thrive.

6:30pm, Room A-2

Published on Monday, April 5, 2010

Picture of two boys

On May 11, 2010, between 1 and 2 p.m., representatives of the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency will discuss the process for helping children in need of foster care and adoption, in Room 221. Participants will learn about the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

Event Location
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W., Room 221, East Lobby
Washington, DC 20001

For more information regarding this event please contact 202-671-LOVE (5683) or 202-727-1261.

Published on Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring is a season for change, and we have quite a few taking place in the Children’s Division.

Ms. Audrey Fields will be the Children’s Librarian at the new Benning Neighborhood Library, which will be opening April 5, 2010.  While we will miss her greatly, we know the library’s newest branch will have some amazing programs.

We would also to welcome Ms. Mary Phelan, who is coming to us from Cleveland Park. She brings great enthusiasm to her work with children, and we look forward to her joining the team.

Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Killing Neighbors Book CoverJoin us on April 27, 2010, for a lecture by Dr. Lee Ann Fujii, Assistant Professor of Political Science at The George Washington University. Fuji will discuss her new book Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda, which presents a new examination for the motives behind the Rwandan genocide. Fujii’s research focuses on individual behavior and actions as a major motivation for violence as opposed to ethnic intolerance. Fujii bases her arguments on extensive interviews in Rwandan prisons and two rural communities. These form the basis for her claim that mass participation in the genocide was not the result of ethnic antagonisms.

Medical Update: Are You at Risk?

Published on Thursday, March 18, 2010

A lecture, open question and answer forum with glaucoma specialists:

  • Andrew Adelson, M.D
  • Gregory Butler, M.D

Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Tyrone Barksdale
Office of Provost, Howard University

Saturday, May 1, 2010, 1 - 3 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Rm.A-5

Plus: Free glaucoma & visual acuity
screenings, technology and resource exhibits and refreshments, 12 - 4

Urban Fiction in Washington, D.C.

Published on Monday, March 15, 2010

Book Cover - Damaged by Kia DupreeDid you enjoy the movie Precious and the book A Piece of Cake? Then you definitely want to read Damaged by Kia Dupree.

A native of southeast, D.C., Dupree pulls many life experiences into her novel, which details physical and verbal abuse, and the miserable, turbulent, vicious and violence-filled lives of inner-city youth in Washington, D.C.

Published on Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dr. Nathan Brown, professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University will discuss his recent book.

Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East: Regional Politics and External Policies

This book examines the prospects for democracy in the Middle East in light of the Regions sectarianism, culture, religion, security and the promotion of democracy. The book focuses on the challenges of activists, political parties and others working at democratization in the Middle East.

April 12, 2010 at 6:30pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Auditorium A-5 (A-Level)

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Local Maryland first time novelist Christine Trent will be speaking about her historical fiction novel The Queen’s Dollmaker.

Christine Laurent, a young woman of Anglo-French heritage establishes herself as a dollmaker in London and is commissioned to make dolls for Queen Marie-Antoinette and her friends.

For more information about Christine Trent and her novel, her website is

A Panel Discussion--Monday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.

Published on Thursday, February 18, 2010

Join DC Public Library, National Coalition for the Homeless, and an awesome team of expert panelists as they discuss the critical issue of youth homelessness in DC. Key questions discussed will be:

  • What are some of the leading causes of youth homelessness in DC?
  • What are common problems that homeless youth face in DC?
  • What is the connection between a young person’s sexual orientation and homelessness?
  • What are some of the experiences of homeless youth?
  • What resources are available for youth who are homeless?
  • What kind of advocacy is being done on behalf of homeless youth in DC or by homeless youth themselves?

Monday, March 15, 6:30 PM
Room A2

A Panel Discussion--Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.

Published on Thursday, February 18, 2010

What is the connection between gentrification and homelessness? How have shifts in the development of business districts and residential neighborhoods in D.C. affected the homeless population?

How have local government and local organizations been addressing the issue of affordable housing for D.C.’s most economically disadvantaged residents? Learn more at this panel discussion with advocates from Empower DC and National Coalition for the Homeless. Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. Room A-2.