Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

American Library Association 2010 Media Awards

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010

Every January, the American Library Association (ALA) presents the Youth Media Awards, which celebrate the best in children's and teens' books and media. The winners in the "Oscars of children’s books" include:

John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children:
The Lion & the Mouse, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney

Panel Discussion--Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 PM

Published on Tuesday, January 19, 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. Monday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. Room A-2.

An Exhibition of Washingtoniana Photographs

Published on Friday, January 8, 2010

The Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library presents an exhibit of photographs from the Star newspaper archives of Elvis Presley in honor of his 75th birthday on January 8, 2010.
The exhibit opens on Elvis' birthday and will be on display until January 17.  It is located in Room 307 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. N.W.

Monday, January 11 2010 6:30 PM, room A2

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2010

What is the connection between mental health and homelessness? How could psychological and psychosocial conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia lead to homelessness? What are some resources available for people and supporters of people with mental illness, that may prevent them from ending up without a home?

Join DC Public Library and National Coalition for the Homeless as we explore these questions, in our second monthly panel discussion on the intersecting issues of homelessness. January 11, 6:30 p.m., Room A-2.

Learn About D.C.'s Rhodes Tavern, 1799-1984

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Exhibit of photographs and memoribilia marking the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Rhodes Tavern, Washington, DC’s first unofficial city hall.  On display through January 29, 2010 in the Washingtoniana Division, Room 307. Materials on loan from local historians/preservationists Joe Grano and Nelson Rimensnyder.


Mark Greek Will Discuss His New Book "Washington DC Protests"

Published on Monday, December 14, 2009

Join us on Tuesday December 15th at 6:30pm as Washingtoniana Photo Archivist Mark Greek discusses his new book: "Washington DC Protests: Scenes from Home Rule to the Civil Rights Movement."  The author talk will take place in the Washingtoniana Division, Room 307.

Also, don't miss Mark as he appears on the Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU 88.5) Tuesday afternoon at 1pm. He will discuss his book and the topic of Home Rule with other guests, including WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin.

Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Published on Friday, December 11, 2009

picture of hand writing

Acclaimed author, Marita Golden will lead this free one-day writing workshop on Saturday, January 9, 2010  at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the Computer Lab (Room 311).  Ms. Golden has helped writers and aspiring writers remove writer's block and start writing. Beginning and veteran writers will cultivate writing techniques, and write through fear, anxiety and self-censorship.

Monday, December 14 2009, 6:30 p.m.

Published on Thursday, December 10, 2009

DC Public Library's Teens of Distinction Program, in partnership with the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), launches the first in a series of seven presentations about homelessness.

This month, we explore the issue of veterans and homelessness. Join the library and the coalition as we delve deeper into this complex issue. Featured are veterans' and homelessness advocates from NCH's Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau and the Baltimore-based organization, Beans and Bread. Monday December 14, 6:30-8:30 pm., Room A10.

This is part of the larger teen-led project, Your Story Has a Home Here: Oral Histories and Photographs of DC's Residents Without Homes. For more information about this project, contact Rebecca Renard.

Cemetery Records With Paul Sluby

Published on Monday, November 16, 2009

The third in the series of lunchtime genealogy workshops will be an intensive session on researching cemetery records conducted by Paul Sluby, author of numerous books on the records of cemeteries in the Washington area. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 at noon.

Call 202-727-1213 to register.

Washingtoniana Division Offers Workshops on Researching Your D.C. Ancestors

Published on Monday, October 26, 2009

Following up on the first in the series, Introduction to Genealogy, the Division will offer the following lunchtime sessions:
Oct 28, 2009 - noon
This workshop will focus on instruction in the use of databases for doing genealogical research, such as HeritageQuest and the Washington Post Historic Database.
Nov 18, 2009 - noon
This workshop will be an intensive session on researching cemetery records conducted by Paul Sluby, author of numerous books on the records of cemeteries in the Washington area.
CALL 202-727-1213 TO REGISTER