Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

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Hand Washing Song Break: Stay Home and STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

If you enjoy story time, you may already have some favorite fingerplay songs to help your child sing and develop their fine motor skills together. More than ever, thorough hand washing is important for everyone in the family. Build hand washing into your routine and keep even your young children washing for the whole recommended 20 seconds by singing these fingerplay songs together while washing hands. You'll continue to encourage good hygiene habits, boost their vocabulary and enjoy a story time activity at home.

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Sticky Wall: Stay Home & STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: Contact paper or tape (packing tape is best) Masking or scotch tape Lightweight items to stick on (Yarn, cotton balls, tissue paper, plastic buttons, aluminum foil) Optional: a permanent marker for an adult to draw shapes on tape What to do:

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Washing Station: Stay Home and STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: A non-breakable baking dish or large tupperware container Water Dish Soap Sponges, toothbrushes, or wash rags  Plastic toys   What to do: Make sure you do this on a surface that can get wet, or put down a towel underneath your container 

MLK Library

Interim Location Closing

The Washingtoniana interim location will be closed as of Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in preparation for the move back to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

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Running and Runners

Books for and about runners

Are you an aspiring runner in need of guidance? An occasional jogger who sometimes needs a push to get out the door and onto the road or trail? Or a dedicated veteran runner who wants a little inspiration? The books below provide advice on equipment, running technique, training programs and tales of runners whose performances have made the sport what it is today.

A People’s History of the United States

"Those Who Do Not Remember the Past...."

Nonfiction on forgotten or obscure American history

You’ve probably heard the George Santayana quote, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Or maybe you’ve heard it as, “Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.” The following recommendations are focused on the history of the United States and include forgotten history, obscure stories, and potentially niche but fascinating historical facts. From the whitewashing of the American wild west to the creation of the United States Postal Service, every book here is about history you may not have learned in school.  

Louise's war

Murder in Black and White

Historical mystery recommendations

With all of history to be inspired by, historical mysteries have been set in dozens of different eras and different countries, from Ancient Rome in the Flavia Albia novels to 1830s New Orleans in the Benjamin January series, just to name two.

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Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Close-Up

Classic Hollywood nonfiction and biographies

Classic Hollywood: an era in American cinema that stretched from the 1910s to the 1960s and influenced film world-wide. Countless books have been written about the era. Some focus on actors, often describing their lives and experiences in their own words; or on specific films; and others on scandals that rocked the industry. Some examine how society and government, such as the Hays Code and the Red Scare, influenced Hollywood. Still others look at women’s roles within the industry.

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Sir, That’s My Emotional Support Wookie

Science Fiction and Fantasy With Protagonists With Disabilities

Science fiction and fantasy worlds show countless possibilities. People can travel to other planets, shape-shift, even alter the universe with magic. All too often, however, these books focus on protagonists who are neurotypical and able-bodied.

The Underground/The Washington Independent

New Collection Acquired: The Underground

Special Collections recently acquired the Underground (which became the Washington Independent) newspaper collection from Francesco DiBaggio, the son of the newspaper’s creator — writer and journalist, Thomas DiBaggio. The paper, which was hand-distributed on the American University campus, was unique for its "free range" criticism, offering a variety of perspectives within its pages.

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