Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Review: 'A Land More Kind Than Home'

Wiley Cash has a gift for storytelling!

Rocket From the Downloads

Rock-n-Roll Library

Here are a few reasons to give your library card a workout at Freegal Music, the library's catalog for downloadable tunes. 

Pop!: Meet Laura

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.Meet Laura.On one very hot summer day, MLK library visitor Laura was a refreshing sight.  Decked out in basics—white t-shirt, circle skirt, lace-up sandals—Laura’s outfit intimated the very lovely, very simple pleasures of summer:  eating frozen popsicles, looking for seashells along the shore, or just attending a casual, but no doubt stylish, barbeque with friends.  The addition of a pair of chunky black frames added urban chic appeal to an otherwise beach-ready outfit. Doubtless, Laura’s understated sartorial approach delineates a famous quote by renowned fashion designer Coco Chanel: “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”Read more after the jump.

'Lolita,' One of the Most Influential Books of My Life

In this photograph, My Nguyen attempts to reinterpret the famed Kubrick film poster of Lolita in a contemporary office setting, while still conforming to Mies van der Rohe's architectural vision of restrained beauty and maximum simplicity. The key word here is "attempt." / Photograph by Kathryn Sigler.In an effort, gentle reader, to have something to discuss with my junior year high school crush, I did something any shy, but sensible bibliophilic 16 year-old would do:  I mimicked his reading habits. First, there were the war-torn stories of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, which he toted in a clear plastic backpack. Next, it was Yusef Komonyakaa’s brilliant Dien Cai Dau, which made me crazy, too — over Komonyakaa that is. (“Dien cai dau” means "crazy in the head" in Vietnamese). And while these two works have significantly influenced the way I appreciate literature, it wasn’t until I saw my crush reading Vladamir Nabokov’s Lolita that my (puppy) love for him was eventually replaced by my (very real, very long-lasting) love for Nabokov.No book has moved me in simultaneous states of obstreperous laughter, deep sympathy, and utter revulsion as masterfully as Lolita. The writing is unarguably good—beautiful, even. The subject matter is profoundly repulsive. Indeed, it is the perverse central theme of the book that makes Plato’s indictment against poetry quite relevant: Stripped of its airs, Lolita, peppered with fancy-pants literary allusions, is nothing more than a book about a pathetic murderer and his bizarre penchant for a 12-year-old girl.

Business, Science and Tech On the Move

Changes are afoot in the Business, Science and Technology Division (Room 107).Starting July 17, adult non-fiction books and other materials, including those found in Room 107, will permanently move to the second floor, to rooms 207 and 220. The moving process will take roughly 3-4 weeks, so pardon our dust and the inconvenience while we move!

Remembering Nora Ephron

Film tribute planned for August

On June 26, 2012, readers and filmgoers everywhere lost a sparkling talent with the passing of Nora Ephron.  Her

Room-inations: The Bedroom

This is the second post in a three-part series about rooms around the house. You can read the first post, on bathrooms, here.

E-Reader Show & Tell

Thinking of buying a Kindle, but not sure which one to get? Received a Nook as a gift and not sure how to use it? Don't know the difference between an iPad and an iPod?  Are you wondering how to go about downloading books, movies, and music from the library? Help is on the way. 

Brown Bag Book Share

Starting this fall, booklovers will have a place downtown to get together and talk about books over lunch: The DC Public Library.  Readers will be able to bring their lunches, talk about their monthly reading and discover what other readers love and hate and why.  Members will share opinions about their favorites and compare notes on the hottest new titl