20th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please join us on Saturday, January 16, 2016, as Sistah Joy and Collective Voices bring us their 20th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! This family friendly event takes place from 1-5 p.m. in the Great Hall and features drumming, dancing, poetry, youth performers and more! An MLK tradition, this year promises to be more fabulous than ever!
Space for writers during National Novel Writing Month
Want to dive into National Novel Writing Month, but don't know where to start? Not a fiction writer and feeling a little left out? Fear not, your favorite downtown library has got you covered.
On Tuesdays, drop into our Connect & Share or The Writer's Den.
Oldest African-American Deaf Mission in the United States
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week (January 17 – 23, 2016)
The DC Public Library Presents
Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster and the African-American Deaf Mission in Washington, DC
Dr. Isaac O. Agboola
Interim Dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
Judy C. Williams
Historian, Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D. C.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
6:00 – 8:30 PM
Ah, the 1980s--era of Rainbow Brite, the Electric Company, and the after-school special. Ronald Reagan was our president, the Cold War was still on, and computers were just beginning to be more than a curiosity to the average person. In children's literature, the '80s sometimes get a bad rap for being the era of the "problem novel"; basically, an after-school special in book form. Still, some pretty great books were published during that decade.
On Thursday, Aug. 20, teens met at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the Teen Space to walk over to the National Portrait Gallery and sketch portraits. Ms. Blair Kirkbaumer, teen programs coordinator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, introduced the teens to the concepts of portraiture. One teen sketched the bronze sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. by Joseph Stein in The Struggle for Justice exhibit on the second floor, and the other sketched the sculpture of George Bush by Patrick Oliphant in the America's Presidents exhibit on the second floor.