Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

College 101: What College Life Is REALLY Like

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 6 p.m.

Planning to go to college in the fall? Or just curious about what college is all about? A panel of local college students from community colleges, private universities, public colleges, and art schools will be talking about their experiences--everything including: navigating the financial aid office getting along with your roommate/s living off campus balancing school, work, and social life transferring schools and transferring credits and MORE Come to the College Information Center, room 324, 6:00 PM

Advocacy and Homelessness: A Panel Discussion

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

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.

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old...

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.

Author Talk: "Damaged" by Kia Dupree

Urban Fiction in Washington, D.C.

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

Author Talk: Christine Trent

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.

Youth, LGBT Issues and Homelessness

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

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?

Rescheduled--Displaced: Gentrification and Homelessness

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

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.


Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

The DC area has seen a lot of winter in the past few months, and now we have a reason to celebrate the season with the rest of the world: the 2010 Winter Olympics!Held every four years, the Winter Olympics is a multi-sport competition that features winter sports held on snow and ice. Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, and Snowboarding are just a few of the events you can watch. The Olympics are well under way, and will continue until Feb 28, 2010. You can get information on all your favorite winter sports at Vancouver 2010.

All Programs Canceled

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Library closes at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8.  All programs, classes and events are canceled through Thursday, Feb. 11.

And the Winners Are...

American Library Association 2010 Media Awards

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