Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Indian Cinderella: Anklet for a princess by Lila Mehta

Cinderella Stories Around the World

Multicultural picture book retellings

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!

 The Great Cat Massacre and other Episodes in French Cultural History

Pick List Picks

You asked for it

Every morning, library staff across the system pull items from a long list to fulfill your hold requests. That list is called the Pick List, and these are my favorites.

Global Babies

Kids Around the World

Bonjour! Shalom! Jambo! Ni hao!

Plant the seeds of cultural awareness from the youngest ages with a board book, and keep nurturing them through late elementary with books that introduce kids to different religions, foods, and

Playing Mario MaKey MaKey

DC Public Library Visits the Gamer Family Festival

On Saturday, Aug. 15, Librarians Cameron and Kim visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the Gamer Family Festival, a whole day inspired by games in the museum’s collection. Not to be out done by event partners

Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra

Eighth-Grade Math Novels?

Books that make math fun for middle-schoolers

The library got a request this morning via Twitter: We've gotta admit this is a slightly unusual -- and incredibly specific request. But our amazing Library staff are up to the task! Here's what awesome Children's Librarian Annie Lyon came up with:

Newspaper

Looking to take your art to the next level?

Join us for an Editorial Cartooning Workshop

You might have seen them online or even in the newspaper: editorial cartoons or political cartoons (as they are sometimes called) are illustrations or comics containing a political or social message that usually relates to current events or personalities. Cartoonists even use specific devises to get their message across.

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Tuesday Night Movies

A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. In Auditorium A-5

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies! Aug. 4 While We're Young Dramedy about a middle-aged couple whose lives are turned around when they meet a much younger couple. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star. Directed by Noah Baumbach. 97 minutes. 2015. R. Aug. 11  Dark Victory Classic tearjerker with the great Bette Davis as a wealthy woman with cancer. Also starring George Brent and Humphrey Bogart. Directed by Edmund Goulding.  106 minutes. 1939. NR  Aug. 18 

The Joy of Vegan Baking

Vegan Cookbooks for Everyone

Recipes for vegans, carnivores and everyone in between!

Calling all fruit and veggie lovers! These are the cookbooks for you. Whether you’re vegan or not, the cookbooks listed below are full of delicious, healthful recipes that are waiting for you to try out. If you’re new to being vegan, the books below will be a great way to start.

Chip Py

Chip Py: Go-Go Photographer

Chronicler of Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown's last year!

Please join us Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Studies Center as we launch our celebration of Chuck Brown's birthday with a presentation by photographer Chip Py. Py has been shooting the D.C. music scene for the past 10 years and most recently had the unique opportunity to photograph Chuck Brown in his last year.

Pencils and Paper

Art Attack at National Portrait Gallery

Art Attacks

Teens! Come to our Art Attacks on Thursday, August 20 and Thursday, August 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.! On August 20, we will go to the exhibit "The Struggle for Justice" at the National Portrait Gallery and sketch any one of the following three portrauts: Marian Anderson, Rosa Parks or Thurgood Marshall. We will also sketch either Mary Terrell or Russell Means. On August 27, we will meet back in the Teen Space at MLK Library and sketch our self-portraits. We look forward to seeing you at our event! 

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