Old photo of life on the C&O CanalScene of a tunnel on the C&O CanalLogo of C&O Canal Trust

'The Grand Old Ditch'

Talk on the past, present, and future of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal by Judith Welles, Canal Trust board member and local history author, including historic highlights and photographs
C.R. Gibbs

The Civil War Forts of Anacostia: Sentinels of Black Freedom

Please join us in the Black Studies Center for an enlightening lecture on the forgotten story of Anacostia's civil war forts with noted historian C.R. Gibbs.
Comics Code Authority

Heroes and Villains and Vampires: Censoring Comics from 1954-2011

In 1954, a group of publishers formed the Comics Code Authority (CCA) and began quietly censoring American comic books. Intended to shield children from violence and vulgarity, the Comics Code prohibited everything from depictions of nudity and supernatural creatures to the use of the words “terror” and “horror” in comic book titles. DC Comics and Archie Comics both published books with the Comics Code seal as late as 2011.
Dorian Gray cover

Metamorphosis Series: 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

Chevy Chase Library's "Metamorphosis" lecture and discussion series will continue with The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  Our guest lecturer for this session will be Patrick O’Malley from Georgetown University.

What Makes a Library Spectacular

Join The MLK Library Friends as they host "What Makes A Library Spectacular":  A series of talks exploring topics on modern libraries, current and future. The first topic is Makerspaces. We hope to see you Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Digital Commons, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  

On Our Land: Documentary and Discussion with Erica Harding

Join us at the Hill Center for a screening of the documentary On Our Land: Being Garifuna in Honduras and a discussion with local film maker, Erica Harding. 
Raquel Brown

Writer, Maker and Artist Raquel Brown

The Make. Do. Sessions feature author, spoken word artist and writer Raquel Brown.
Peter Bailey

Personal Reflections of Dr. King as remembered by a Malcolmite

A. Peter Bailey veteran journalist and personal associate of Malcolm X offers a radical perspective on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bailey is the author of Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, The Master Teacher, A Memoir.  In the Black Studies Center.
Lincoln and the Theater

Abraham Lincoln and the Theater

Please join us in the Peabody Room for “Abraham Lincoln & the Theater" by Jamie Stiehm, columnist for Creators Syndicate and contributor to usnews.com. Lincoln's love of plays, notably Shakespeare's, set the stage for his public character. The Peabody Room is located on the third floor of the library. This event is free. For more information, call 202-727-0233 or contact jerry.mccoy@dc.gov.
Photo of American poet Walt WhitmanPhoto of American LincolnPhoto of downtown Washington, DC, during the Civil War

Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Washington

A talk by Martin G. Murray, Founder, Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, accompanied by slide illustrations, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination and in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.