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Three-Afternoon Workshop Teaches Literary Criticism Through Hip-Hop

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Think that Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea and H.G. Wells don’t have anything in common?  Think again.

All three writers use tools called literary devices.  When a reader understands those devices, they can recognize and recreate them. Next week, teens at the Petworth Library will learn them at a three-afternoon workshop called Words Liive.  The teen who does the best over the three-afternoon workshop will win a Samsung tablet computer.
Words Liive uses hip-hop music to help teens understand the typical structures used by fiction writers. Students will annotate [add critical or explanatory notes] to song lyrics and then apply those structures to classic literature. In addition, students will write and record their own compositions. 

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014
This Saturday, stop by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to join District children, teens and parents as they celebrate the start of the DC Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Activities including story times, face painting, crafts, live marine animals, and an appearance by two of the Nationals Racing Presidents. To learn more about Saturday's event, click here

Children and Teens Can Earn Washington Nationals Tickets and Chipotle Vouchers

Published on Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This summer, parents looking for ways to get their kids to read can look to the DC Public Library. Thanks to partners like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, children and teens will earn prizes for reading this summer.
Starting this month and running through August, the DC Public Library will give readers a free kids meal or burrito from Chipotle halfway through the Summer Reading program. In addition, school-aged children and teens who finish the program will earn two tickets to a Washington Nationals game.

Published on Friday, June 6, 2014
Dr. Liane Rosenblatt, a social anthropologist and senior children's specialist with the DC Public Library, has co-authored an article for a book on using literature to promote cross-cultural understanding.
The article "Reading Across Continents: Creating Adolescent Literacy Leaders in Washington, DC; Abuja, Nigeria; and Accra, Ghana” appears in "International Collaborations in Literacy Research and Practice.” Written with Dr. Elizabeth Primas, the case study centers on Reading Across Continents, a program that ran from September 2008 through December 2010.

Voting Period Open

Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The DC Public Library has started citywide voting for DC Reads 2014.  Running from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, DC Reads features one book for reading and discussion.
This year’s nominees are “Lost in the City” by Edward P. Jones; “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu; “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien; and “Hard Revolution” by George Pelecanos.  To learn more click here

Published on Friday, May 23, 2014
District of Change

The District has a rich cultural history, including the Go-Go scene, punk rock, the Washington Color School and other artistic movements, which flourished at a time when D.C. was thought of as a government town. As the city continues to grow, can artists still find a welcoming home in D.C.? How can the city continue to foster these creative movements?
More than 100 people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to discuss D.C.'s changing art and music scene at the DC Public Library’s first District of Change event. 

Published on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Today, the DC Public Library began showing its 3-D printer at work on its Ustream feed. spoke with Digital Commons Library Associate Adam Schaeffer about this pilot program. To read the interview, click here

Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
On June 12, author Jessica Pigza will join DC Public Library's Creative Class for a special author talk, book signing, and craft workshop.
Ms. Pigza will discuss her new book Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects. Then, she and DC Public Library staff will show participants how to make a craft project from Ms. Pigza’s book.
To learn more about the event, click here

Podcast Available

Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
On May 20, author Walter Mosley discussed and signed his latest book, “Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. You can listen to the whole talk along with the question and answer session below:

Published on Monday, May 19, 2014

On Sunday, The Washington Post wrote a story about the May 15 townhall discussion with reporters Harry S. Jaffe and Tom Sherwood, the authors of “Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C.”

Moderated by Cosby Hunt, manager of teaching and learning at the Center for Inspired Teaching, Jaffe and Sherwood celebrated the 20th anniversary of their book’s publication and spoke about Washington, D.C.'s complex history and how educators can teach it. Originally, "Dream City" followed Washington, D.C. and Mayor Marion Barry from the 1970s, when District residents gained Home Rule, through 1994. Jaffe and Sherwood wrote the book using public records, interviews, news stories and notes from other local reporters who had covered city politics.