Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Haiku Contest 2022

Celebrate National Poetry Month with DC Public Library

Thank you for celebrating National Poetry Month with DC Public Library! This April, DC Public Library invited residents ages 6 and up to submit a haiku to the 2022 Haiku Contest around the following themes: ✎ Your love of books, reading or the library, ✎ Something small that gives you joy, ✎ DC in springtime, or

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Women's History Month Reads with the Washington Mystics

Check out autobiographies detailing the lives and careers of some of our most inspiring women athletes.

This Women's History Month, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we post Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. This month we are celebrating Women's History Month by lifting up autobiographies of inspiring women athletes. Happy Reading!

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Daughters of Mary Shelley

A Monthly Book Club Discussing Speculative Fiction by Women Writers

This will be our second series of yearlong celebrations of women authors and their influence: in 2021 we read and discussed works by Jane Austen and other writers who examined issues of family, male-female relationships, the institutions that enforce gender roles, and the ability of individuals to bend or break the rules of those institutions.

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Black History Month Reads with The Washington Mystics

Check out these great picture books and chapter books for children celebrating Black athletic excellence!

This Black History Month, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we post Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. February's theme is Black Athletic Excellence! We have selected some great pictures books and chapter books for children that will get them excited to move their bodies and get active. Happy Reading!

Bling Your Baby Contest

Bling Your Baby Contest

Send holiday cheer to the entire community with your hilarious photos!

‘Tis the season of giving, and photos of your babies are number one on DC Public Libraries’ wish list (your children, your pets, your sweethearts).

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Russian Literature Beyond the Classics

Perhaps you’re already familiar with (and maybe you've been put off by) Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and the other great 19th-century Russians. Or you want to find out what Russian writers have been writing during the past fifty years. Or maybe you simply want to read something different. This list contains a sample of works by Russian writers from recent decades; in them they examine the weight of history, the boundaries of the soul, and the oft-hidden dimensions of the world with the irony and depth of vision that we have come to associate with Russia's greatest writers.

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Political Science Fiction

It’s overwhelming sometimes to be in Washington, DC; everyone’s political voices can start to ring in the ears like a cacophony. But, even with the inundation, it's often still rewarding to seek out books that portray political ideals and ideas in a subtler, even obfuscated way. If you're interested in engaging with political thought, but not necessarily the feedback loops that come with it, the below titles are well considered and may be enjoyable!

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Aerosoul: Murals For Our Time

The story of the artists, and the murals that changed the face of public art in Washington, DC

In partnership with DC Murals: Spectacle and Story, DC Public Library presents AeroSoul:  Murals for Our Time, which explores the deep connection between illegal graffiti of the past, and the sanctioned Street Art murals of today. The 8 ft x 66 ft exhibition is presented as eight captioned panels on the front windows of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. This interactive exhibit will delight youth and mural fans of all ages. The exhibition is anchored by a team that includes:

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Poetry by Marlena Chertock

Featured on the DCPL Podcast series "Access This"

On the latest episode of the DCPL Podcast series Access This, local poet and co-chair of the OutWrite Festival, DC's annual LGBTQ+ Literary Festival, Marlena Chertock talked with Jenny about disability in the literary community and shared a few poems, which are printed in their original forms below. *You can listen to the episode, which includes a full transcript, at https://dcplpodcast.simplecast.com/episodes/access-this-poet-marlena-chertock *Check out the OutWrite Festival August 6th-8th, 2021 by going to thedccenter.org/outwrite and learn more about Marlena at MarlenaChertock.com

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