Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Let’s Talk About Books

Let's hear what you think about what you read!  Come and share during our monthly book discussion on pre-selected novels, plays, poetry or short stories. Check the calendar, or call the literature staff at 202-727-1281 to find out which title is planned for the next discussion. The meeting is held at 2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, in room 221 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Washingtoniana Closed on October 7

The Washingtoniana section of Special Collections at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be closed all day Wednesday, October 7 for administrative purposes.   We will resume regular hours on Thursday, October 8.

Brown Bag Recital Series with International Flair

Cellist Vasily Popov and pianist Ralitza Patcheva return September 3 at noon after a summer of traveling.  They’ve been delighting audiences at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library each month since January 2003, with performances of music from the classical repertoire ranging from subdued to rousing to experimental.  Sometimes performing together, sometimes individually and sometimes with guest musicians, they always put on a show that is inspiring, educational and joyfully intimate.  The two both teach at the Levine School of Music and have enjoyed

National Immunization Awareness Month

The summer is winding down, and school is just around the corner. What better time to ensure the continued good health of your family? August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends reviewing vaccination records to ensure that everyone is up-to-date. Particularly at a time when outbreaks can appear without warning, immunizations are an important means of preventing and controlling the spread of infection.

Read ‘em, Cowboy

Award-Winning Westerns

The Spur Awards are given annually for distinguished writing about the American West. Today, Spurs are offered for the best western novel (short novel), best novel of the west (long novel), best original paperback novel, best short story, best short nonfiction. Also, best contemporary nonfiction, best biography, best history, best juvenile fiction and nonfiction, best TV or motion picture drama, best TV or motion picture documentary, and best first novel.These award winners are available at the D.C. Public Library:

Living Dead in Paperback

Pocket Books has announced a co-publishing venture with Permuted Press, best known for horror, dark fantasy and science fiction novels. The first title, Day By Day Armageddon, a zombie novel, will be released in October. The second book in the series will be released in February 2010.Armageddon is one man’s story as he fights to live as the dead become the dominant “life” form on earth.Read more about Permuted Press.

Teachers, Win a Trip to Antarctica

Contest Winner Will Join Robert Swan, Author of 2041

Robert Swan’s 2041: My Quest to Save the World’s Last Wilderness, will be published in October 2009. To promote this environmental book, the publisher, Broadway Books, is giving away a free trip to Antarctica to one teacher.On the trip, teachers, students, corporate leaders, and environmental experts will see Antarctica’s fragile ecosystems in person. The ship will sail past the Antarctic’s ice cliffs, follow whales as they feed, view Gentoo Penguins and cruise past Cape Horn.