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"Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself..."

Memoirs from the Hip Hop Community

Hip-hop has firmly rooted itself worldwide as an important part of modern day culture. Clothing, vernacular, art and literature have all been influenced by hip-hop culture. As of late, some notable rappers and hip-hop producers have thrown their hat in the literary ring, giving us the stories behind some of their greatest hits. Here are some popular memoirs written by hip-hop notables.

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Singable Picture Books

more read-aloud and sing-along favorites

Singing is one of the most important ways to help children develop early literacy skills. In song, people slow down their speech, which makes it easier to hear the sounds in words. But also, singing is fun! Here are some of my favorite picture books which can be sung.    Baa Baa Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera

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Purple Power: A Tribute to Prince

It’s been over a year since the great musical icon, Prince passed away. Check out some of these books that Prince fans and book readers are sure to love:

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...And All That Jazz!

(Jazz-inspired stories that beg to be listened to!)

Every year when April rolls around, I look forward to Jazz Appreciation Month! Jazz is a style of American music and culture that credits its birth to the 19th century African-American musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jazz music is characterized by a strong, but flexible rhythmic structure with solo and/or ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns. Jazz has evolved so much throughout the years, but some things remain the same...the rhythm is the beat!

Marian McLaughlin

Fringe Music in the Library

Marian McLaughlin, Progressive Folk String Artist

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.  Marian McLaughlin is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist pushing the boundaries of folk music. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work, and rhapsodic delivery, she creates songs of exquisite detail that are delicate, yet full of depth. FREE :: ALL AGES! Fringe curates free live music events twice a month in the DC Public Libraries sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation.    

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NSO in your Neighborhood series

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 1:30 pm

As part of the "NSO Music in Your Neighborhood" series,  NSO musicians Heather LeDoux Green (violin) and Paul DeNola (bass) give a performance for children.  A Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” will be set up at the library. The program is recommended for ages 5-8 years old. Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver. Groups larger than 10 should contact the library at 202-715-7707 to reserve space.

A Broken Hallelujah

Honoring the late Leonard Cohen

In Writing, Film, and Song

Two of the greatest experiences of my life involved seeing Leonard Cohen, the late great Canadian singer and poet, perform live. While his body has left us, his spirit lives on through his decades of writing and song. Here are some recommendations of books and films by and about him to help understand and commemorate his legacy.  

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Staff Pick: National Museum of African American Museum & Culture

New in the collection

The Smithsonian's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is now open to the public!

June Library Basement Show

Librarians Love Punk Questionnaire with Governess

Learn about the reading habits of local band, Governess, performing in the Library Basement Show with Loud Boyz and Heavy Breathing on Thursday, June 2nd! 1. What is the one book you would say changed your life after you read it?

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