Please join us for a special story time at MLK on Monday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
We will hear the story of the Goat in the Chile Patch, a New Mexican folktale, in flannel board format.
We will hear bilingual stories in Spanish and English and sing songs.
Mermaids. Who hasn't been fascinated with these fantastic creatures of legendary folklore? For the child in your life who can't get enough, here is a list of picture books that feature mermaids. For example, one mermaid loves to explore and another mermaid loves to perform. One mermaid convinces a pirate to talk his way out of a difficult situation, rather than fight his way out of it. Another mermaid follows the courage of her convictions to stand up to a devious troll.
The BJP read their favorite challenged authors for Banned Books Week
Please join the Birmingham Jail Players on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Studies Center, for a stimulating evening as they celebrate Banned Books Week with live readings from their favorite banned and challenged authors, such as Toni Morrison, Harper Lee, Sherman Alexie and Barbara Ehrenreich, to name a few. The Birmingham Jail Players (BJP) are a group comprised of staff from all over the DC Public Library System. Hope to see you there!
September brings many new and exciting changes to children's and teen programming at MLK Library! Please refer to our story time flyer for a description of the story times and the date and time for each. We have added a new pajama story time at 7 p.m. on Mondays! Our first pajama story time will be on Monday, September 14. In addition to changing our story times, we have also added the following programs:
A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. In Auditorium A-5
Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies!
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Laugh-out-loud tale of a young man’s antics while playing hooky! Matthew Broderick is the kid; Jeffrey Jones is the principal out to get him. Directed by John Hughes.103 minutes. 1986. PG-13
Jakob the Liar
Robin Williams is a Jewish shopkeeper in WWII Poland, bringing hope to his fellow man with fabricated stories about the war. Directed by Peter Kassovitz.
Here in the Children's Room, I'm constantly being asked for princess stories. Almost as often, when I offer a book featuring a non-Disney, non-European princess, I'm informed (in offended or witheringly scornful tones) that all princesses are pale, blonde, and pretty.
This makes me sad.
Of course, children love the Disney versions of fairy tales. I'm the last person to fault them for that. But there's a whole world of lovely and diverse folktales on our shelves just waiting to be discovered!