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Grand Poetry Salon: One Night Only

Celebrate National Poetry Month at this Special Event!

April is National Poetry Month. Come celebrate it at this "One Night Only" event. Calling all poets!  Come take the mike and take the room, as you join a community of poets sharing their work at your favorite downtown library for one night only. On Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m. local poets will gather in Room A-5 to share their work.  You could be one of them! Attendance is open to all, but participants must register online at:

The Spectacular Now

Realistic Young Adult Fiction

With a Dose of Grit

If you like your books to be anchored in reality, with authentic characters and believable plots, these are the books for you. Characters’ decisions and actions will be easy to relate to, because they are things that can -- and have -- happened.

Coup Sauvage and the Snips

The Library Basement Show

Bands' Book Picks

Musicians - they make great music and write powerful lyrics. Ever wonder if it’s because of reading striking and influential books? We asked the bands playing the April 2 Library Basement Show: What book changed your life after you read it?

Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Celebrations at Smithsonian's American Art Museum

Culture, arts and entertainment

Rich cultural experiences and celebrations abound in Washington, D.C.! All you have to do to join in on the fun is step outside your door and take advantage of these free events!

New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band by Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Open Your Ears to Musical Treasures

Listen to music newly added to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington added a number of new recordings to the National Recording Registry. Every year, the Librarian of Congress is charged with picking 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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Game On, People!

Games galore for teens with Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and More

Like playing video or board games? We’ve got you covered. Come to Games Galore on Saturday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 215, and get gaming!  We will be playing Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, and board games. We also have some cutting-edge equipment from the AbleGamers Foundation that helps broaden access to video games to enable gamers of all physical and visual abilities. This event is for teens ages 13-19.

Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis

African American Women in Politics and Government

'The Participation of Women in Politics and Government: A Conversation with Charlene Drew Jarvis'

In honor of Women’s History Month, please join us as we welcome Charlene Drew Jarvis for an evening lecture in the Black Studies Center (Room 316) on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. ​

'Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.'

The Civil War and America's Greatest Poet

Join author Garrett Peck as he details the definitive account of Walt Whitman's decade in the nation's capital.   We'll meet Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor in Washingtoniana. For more information, please call 202-727-1213 or email

Brown Bag Chamber Recital

hear it from the masters

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