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Reading Lolita in Tehran

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

Cover image for Azar Nafisi's memoir, Reading Lolita in TehranBeginning Oct. 15 until Nov. 15, the Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club is joining DC Reads and picking up Reading Lolita in Tehran, a memoir about the author’s experience in Tehran as a university literature professor who witnesses the turbulent political and social changes in Iran during the turbulent years of the Iran-Iraq War in the 80s and the increasingly restrictive rule of law in the 90s. The events of these times are interlaced with stories of the female students she recruited for an informal book club that met every Thursday morning in her home to discuss great -- and banned -- works of Western literature.

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

Cover image for the DVD of the Iranian movie A Separation.As part of our season of DC Reads programming related to Azar Nafisi’s memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran, Mt. Pleasant is screening movies exploring life in contemporary Iran.

One of those movies, screening Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m., is A Separation, winner of multiple international awards, including last year’s Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film. A Separation explores the difficult decision faced by a married couple: whether to leave Iran in hopes of giving their daughter a better chance at life, or stay and look after a parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.

The Story of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Due to issues tied to Hurricane Sandy, this program has been canceled for Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648/51-1695), a Mexican nun, was a brilliant poet, playwright, and essayist whose persistent defense of the intellectual rights of women brought her increasingly into conflict with church officials, who repeated tried to silence her. Sor Juana died while taking care of her sister nuns during a plague in April 1695.

Byteback's computer classes for Spanish speakers are back!

Published on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Flyer for computer classes in Spanish hosted by ByteBack at the Mount Pleasant Library¡Las clases para aprender como usar las computadoras vuelven a la biblioteca de Mount Pleasant! Estamos ofreciendo dos horarios de clase todos los martes y jueves, de las 10 a.m. hasta el mediodía, y de las 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Las clases empiezan este martes día 30 de octubre.

En este curso los estudiantes reforzarán las destrezas de mecanografía, del uso del Internet y del correo electrónico. Además de aprender a crear y a administrar archivos y carpetas, editar texto, adjuntar archivos a mensajes de correo electrónico, y a entender conceptos básicos de memoria y almacenamiento.

This Saturday at 3 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cover image of the DVD film Persepolis, based on the graphic novel by Marjane SatrapiAs part of our season of DC Reads programming related to Azar Nafisi’s memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran, the Mt. Pleasant Library will screen two movies exploring life in contemporary Iran.

The first one, screening Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., is Persepolis, based on the graphic novel by Mariane Satrapi. Winner of multiple international awards, Persepolis chronicles the turbulent times experienced by the Satrapi family in 1970s Iran during the fall of the Shah and the rise of the Islamic Republic, as seen through the eyes of the willful and rebellious Marji.

Join Us For This Innovative Workshop for Adults

Published on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Signature image design for the Creative Class, a series of crafts-based workshops for adults at the DC Public LibraryJoin The Creative Class! Hand sew sachets and ornaments using books on aromatherapy and harvesting as inspiration. All materials will be provided.

The Creative Class’s next workshop will be at the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. in the meeting room on the main level.

To register for the workshop, email

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2012

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

ADULT-BANNEDTEEN-BANNEDCommemorate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week at Mount Pleasant Library.

Visit the adult, graphic novel and teen sections.

Hora del Cuento

Published on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hora del Cuento

Join us every Friday at 10 a.m. for a Spanish Story Time. 

We’ll have stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 0-5, with their caregivers.
For safety's sake, there is a limit of 75 participants for each story time.

Acompáñenos todos los viernes a las 10am para la Hora del Cuento. 

Tendremos cuentos, canciones, bailes, y más para niños de 0-5 años y sus adultos.
Por motivos de seguridad, existe un límite de 75 participantes para cada hora de cuentos.

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cover image of Daniel Okrent's nonfiction book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of ProhibitionThe Prohibition era was one of the most vibrant and socially complex eras of twentieth century United States history.

Our Teen Summer Reading Program Winner of a Kindle Fire!

Published on Monday, September 17, 2012

Carmen Bonilla, Kindle Fire winner of the Teen Summer Reading ProgramCongratulations to our Teen Summer Reading Program winner, Carmen Bonilla!

Carmen is an eighth-grader at the Cesar Chavez Prep School in Northwest D.C. Carmen read an astonishing 36 books in 3 months, making her the winner of a brand-new Kindle Fire.

Way to go, Carmen!!!

See you around the library ;)