Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Black History Month 2010 Events @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

“Re-Enslavement Revisited” Art Exhibition Opening
February 1 – 28, 2010
In celebration of 2010 Black History Month, the Art Exhibition entitled
Re-enslavement Revisited will open at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on February 1, 2009 at 6:00pm in the Great Hall. The month-long exhibit features celebrated artists Terry Dixon and Robert Morris. Their re-enslavement artwork was inspired by Douglas Blackmon’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning volume in general non-fiction, Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of African Americans from the Civil War to World War II. The exhibit is designed to highlight the role of major corporations and local government in denying southern blacks their civil rights through the power of judicial and penal systems.

Mr. Dixon is a native of Washington, DC who received his BFA degree from the Atlanta College of Art in 1992 and his MFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. In the May 2005 issue of BusinessWeek Magazine, he was featured as an emerging interdisciplinary artist to start collecting. Earlier this year, he won the First Annual Art-in-Residence position at the Chicago Southland Arts Alliance. Most recently, he was the featured artist on the cover of
The International Review of African American Art.

Mr. Morris is the Director of External Affairs at the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, Georgia. He studied art at The Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC) and Tulane University in New Orleans. His one man show “20” was held at the Book Lady Bookstore in Savannah, in June 2008. His exhibit, “Slavery by Another Name,” took place at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum in Savannah on May 15, 2009. Both artists return for a brief slide presentation on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Honorable Russlynn H. Ali with the Shiloh Baptist Church Senior Choir
February 2, 2010

The Honorable Russlynn H. Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, United States. Department of Education will speak at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. She will examine an aspect of the Department’s role in providing opportunities to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Included in her presentation will be a discussion of the Office of Civil Rights’ enforcement efforts to prohibit discriminatory practices in programs or activities that receive federal, educational funds. The U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama’s March 18th nominee on May 1, 2009. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Ali served as vice president of the Education Trust in Washington, DC, a national advocacy organization that works toward high academic achievement of students at all levels. A former teacher and chief of staff to the president of the Los Angeles School District’s Board of Education, she graduated from American University and Northwestern University School of Law. Before her career in the non-profit sector, she practiced corporate and civil rights law and served on the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Law. She will joined by the Shiloh Baptist Church Senior Choir. The Choir is a widely recognized ensemble in the Metropolitan area. Led by conductor Thomas Dixon Tyler, the Choir has received recognition for its Christmas concerts and the “Anthem of Thanksgiving.” City residents have been captivated by its performance of excerpts from Handel’s “The Messiah” (City Cable 16). The Choir also gained recognition for its popular CD “Praise the Lord! – Gospel Music in Washington, DC.”

Dr. Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University with the Sidwell Friends School Chamber Choir
February 8, 2010

Dr. Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University, will lecture at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Monday, February 8, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Dr. Jackson is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Let This Voice be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism (2008) His research interests include Race and Revolution in the Atlantic World, African American History and Culture, and African American intellectual history. He has spoken at many events including a symposium at New York University and a celebration that honored pianist Thelonius Monk at Duke University. In keeping with the Black History Month 2010 theme, “The History of Black Economic Empowerment,” Dr. Jackson will talk about the mid 18th Century Quaker leader as an early contributor to black self-sufficiency through education. He will be joined by Sidwell Friends School Chamber Choir. The Choir has traveled throughout the United and abroad. It has performed at the White House and has participated in the Tunes to Teens program of CASA, The Contempary A Cappella Society. The Choir is directed by John Touchton, Arts Department Chair, Choral Arts Director and Music Teacher.

The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) with the Higher Praise Chorale, Asbury United Methodist Church
February 9, 2010

The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) will speak at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. The nine-term congresswoman will focus on some aspect of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). At present, Representative Johnson is the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In addition to being a Senior Democratic Whip, she has earned a reputation as a foreign policy expert and has worked to improve human rights around the world. A champion of higher education, she co-founded the House HBCU Caucus in September 2008. During the 107th legislative session, Congresswoman Johnson chaired the Congressional Black Caucus. She will be joined by the Higher Praise Gospel Chorale of the Asbury United Methodist Church. The Choir is conducted by acclaimed composer, Stephen Key of StepKey Music. Formed ten years ago, the Gospel Chorale gained recognition for its 2007 inspiring benefit concert entitled “From There to Here” in which it performed the works of James Cleveland, Edwin and Walter Hawkins, and Richard Smallwood to name a few of gospel music’s greatest artists.

Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music In Concert
February 16, 2010

Brace yourself for a handclapping, footstompping gospel feast! At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music will appear in concert. The dynamic singing aggregation began in 1994. It consists of talented vocalists and musicians from the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Choir has traveled throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to appearing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U. S. Senate’s Family Thanksgiving Celebration in 2002, the White House in 2002, and on Black Entertainment Television’s “Bobby Jones Gospel Hour," the Choir received the honor of representing the United States at the World’s Fair in Lisbon, Portugal in 1998 where it performed at the opening ceremonies and also spread the gospel in concert at several churches. In 2002, it toured the Bahamas. In addition to producing one album and three CDs, the Choir has performed in concert with many national recording artists such as Yolanda Adams, Richard Smallwood, Kirk Frankland & Family, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, and CeCe and Vicki Winans. On November 7, 2009, the Choir celebrated its 15th anniversary with a live recording that featured Tramaine Hawkins.

Journalist Gwen Ifill
February 22, 2010

Gwen Ifill will take center stage at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Monday, February 22, 2010 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. Attorney General Eric Holder’s 2009 Black History Month ‘a nation of cowards’ remarks, along with Harvard Professor Henry Lewis Gates’ July 2009 house arrest, has led to a continuation of the inequality debate. Within the context of the 2010 Black History Month theme, “The History of Black Economic Empowerment,” and her best-selling book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (2009), journalist Ifill will look at race in the age of America’s first black president. She is the moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” The political analyst joined both organizations in 1999. A veteran reporter of six presidential campaigns, she moderated the Vice Presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. A book signing follows the lecture.

Journalist Douglas Blackmon
February 23, 2010

Douglas Blackmon, the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner in non-fiction, will discuss his book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (2008) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Based on a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Blackmon will tell the shameful story of a new form of human bondage in which the southern power structure deliberately stripped free black men of their civil rights and profited in human labor. Blackmon currently serves as Atlanta Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal. Since the late 1980s, he has written extensively on United States race relations. He joined the Journal as a reporter in 1995. In his role as Bureau Chief, he manages the coverage of major transportation companies and other issues that impact the southeastern United States. Many of his stories have explored the cross section of wealth, race and corporate conduct. A book signing follows the lecture.

Dr. Barbara Tomblin
February 24, 2010

Dr. Barbara Tomblin will lecture at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 beginning at 12:00 noon in the Black Studies Center, Room 316. She is the author of Bluejackets and Contrabands: African Americans and the Union Navy. She will focus on the role of escaped slaves in the Union blockage along the Atlantic Coast during the Civil War. A naval historian who earned a doctorate in U.S. History from Rutgers University, she has taught at a number of institutions of higher learning in New Jersey, including Morris County College and Rutgers. In addition to over a dozen articles in subfields of the U.S. Civil War, World War II, and Women the Military, Dr. Tomblin has presented papers at Sienna College and the U.S. Navy Academy. She is the author of two other monographs,
(G. I. Nightingales: The Army Nurse Corp in World War II 1996) and With Utmost Spirit: Allied Naval Operations in the Mediterranean 1942-1945 (2004).

Monday, November 9, 2009

Folklore and Legend Film Series

Join us at Martin Luther King, Jr. on November 10 at Noon in the Auditorium A-5 to view the documentary Quest for King Arthur. This production delves into multiple historical figures who may have contributed to Arthurian legend, as early as the third century and as late as the 9th. It cites as our primary source of the legend the writings of Sir Thomas Mallory.

The film examines the role of myth and legend to Celtic, Briton, and Anglo-Norman culture. It provides analysis by scholars in literature, archaeology and history on sources for the a historical Arthur or a composite character.

Please join the DC Library for this presentation.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The countdown begins...

The Sociology library associate is moving on to the next chapter in her DCPL adventure at the end of this week. You will find her at the soon-to-be-open Northwest One branch. Make sure to check the DCPL website at www.dclibrary.org for future library blogs + the calendar of events!
image source: flickr commons

Monday, October 26, 2009

Creative Use of Your Library Card

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"One girl said she used a butter knife and a library card to break into vacant houses."

The New York Times published the first of two articles on the increase in youth runaways. This piece supposedly ties runaways with the current economic climate, but only one sentence out of 4 pages mentions the recession. Still, it is definitely worth a read.

On a somewhat related note, the Sociology October book displays are on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as Crime Prevention Month. Be sure to check them out in the next few days.

Books on street kids/teen runaways: SOC 362.74

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Updated DCPL Website

Forgot to post about the updated DCPL website! Not too shabby. The old CityCat catalog can be reached if you click on "My Account" off the new site, or go to http://citycat.dclibrary.org and "Try CityCat Now." The catalog on the new site is still in BETA - check back for updates and improvements!

Things are going well for the SOC Library Associate holed up in Business and Technology. She is busy perusing Cat Fancy and Organic Gardening magazines, and learning all about HVAC!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Prison Stripes or Candy Stripes?

According to this article, more than 3,000 people die each year of natural causes in US correctional facilities. Of course this is bound to happen with over 7 million people imprisoned in this country and 1/3 of them over 50. This reality has led to a number of hospice programs starting up within correctional facilities. And who better to volunteer at these hospices than prison inmates themselves?


Books on hospice : SOC 362.175
Books on prisons/incarceration : SOC 365.973

Thursday, October 8, 2009

DCPL Benefit CD

Stop in to Georgetown's proper topper to pick up a dcpl benefit cd. Local bands giving local love for dc public libraries. The CD is only $10 and it all goes to the DCPLfoundation!



Monday, October 5, 2009

So long for a month!

I am stationed in the lovely Business and Technology division on the first floor during the month of October.

Will post If I can!

image source : flickr commons

Monday, September 28, 2009

Shamans! Coming to a hospital near you.

The Nytimes recently published an article on Hmong Shamans and medical care and it reminded me of a great book on Sociology + Health: Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. Head to 306.461 F145 for that title and peruse the nearby stacks for more books on transcultural medical care, social medicine and health and sickness from a social standpoint. Watch PBS's film The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America for even more information!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture

Head up to MLK Library's Washingtoniana Division Tuesday 9/22 at 6:30pm for "From Slavery to Emancipation: Abraham Lincoln in African Memory" presented by Dr. James Horton. Horton is the Benjamin Banneker Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History, George Washington University.

Many Scholars believe that as a defender of national unity, leader in war, and freer of slaves, Abraham Lincoln can be considered one of America's greatest presidents. In commemoration of Lincoln's birth, Dr. Horton will shed light on slavery and emancipation.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sustain Our Libraries

Be on the lookout for some library themed pastes out and around Pittsburgh.

Come on DC!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Real talk. Book talk.

Lots of literary love this week. In a few hours, Marita Golden will speak at MLK Library about her recent middle east travels. Golden was a Fulbright senior scholar in creative writing and visited universities in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. She will speak in the Great Hall at 6:30pm tonight.

Want to learn about "the roots of LGBT oppression, the construction of sexual and gender identities, the history of the gay movement, and how to unite the oppressed and exploited to win sexual liberation for all.?" Come to Busboys and Poets tomorrow night 9/16 at 6:30pm to hear Sherry Wolf talk about her new book: Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

News of note.

source: flickr commons

Wapo has an article about the Quest Institutes "Books Behind Bars" program. Apparently a CD-ROM and paper clip halted the entire program. Books Behind Bars donates prisoner-requested books to Virginia Corrections facilities. The active DC based Quixote Center's Books to Prisoners project can be found here.

Nytimes has an op-ed by social sciences favorite Michael Pollan. He's got something to say about health care reform and it makes me hungry.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

September 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Stop by the Sociology division and pick up a book or two on drugs, addiction, and recovery. Check out www.recoverymonth.gov for resources on how to help and how to get help.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Holder's can of worms

Hanging around mlk library? Start your own 'investigation' into the CIA through the books in the Social Sciences division. Peruse our display table for titles on the CIA, Department of Justice, human rights, terrorism and torture .

Here is the NYTimes take on prosecuting the CIA.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Questioning the sex of an athlete

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Caster Semenya, a South African teenager, won gold in the 800 meter race at the world athletics championship last week. what was quite a remarkable feat - she finished a full 2.45 seconds ahead of the closest opponent- is quickly becoming overshadowed by the debate over her gender.

While this may seem incredulous to some (including Semenya's family and the South African government), there have been cases of female impersonation in athletics. according to the daily mail, the most famous case is German athlete Dora Ratjen, a high jumper who claimed he was forced by the Nazis to disguise himself as female in the Berlin Olympics. the first athlete to be caught through gender testing was Polish runner Ewa Klobukowska who won medals during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

The ny times has an interesting piece on Caster Semenya and sex determination in sports here.

Books on women in sports: MUS 796.082
ooks on gender and sex: SOC 306.7

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tintin au la bibliotheque? Non en brooklyn.

source: flickr commons

The controversy around Tintin and his trip to Congo isn't news to those aware of censorship issues. How do libraries deal with patrons and book challenges like Tintin au Congo? NYTimes shares the Brooklyn public libraries approach as well as some interesting examples of book challenges.

Interested in books on libraries, censorship, and intellectual freedom? Poke your nose around LIT 025.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bye bye amps and drum kits! It's back to book carts.

source: kim swartz
Where oh where was the Sociology Library Associate last week? Rockin' out with sixty 8-18 year old little ladies at girls rock! day camp, that's where. I joined 2 DCPL YA librarians and over 100 rad DC women in organizing and leading camp this summer.

How did the public library help these kids rock out, you might ask? Well, we held some camp-related instrument shares at MLK library and the Southeast branch in the months leading up to camp, and during camp week our table in the 'Hall of Sisterhood' just about spilled over with DCPL library books. We had books on band art, instrument instruction, biographies of women who rock and the history of women in music. The girls (and volunteers) could look to the books for inspiration during camp week and also be reminded of the resources at their local library! We even got some kids signed up for DCPL library cards! It was a great week and I look forward to next summer.

Here are some highlights:





Wednesday, August 5, 2009

History-Biography August book displays

History-Biography has a book display commemorating the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne earlier this year. We also have displays on Corazon Aquino and honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Lord Tennyson . Books on display include:

Tennyson, the Unquiet Heart - Robert Bernard Martin
92 T312M

The Poetical Works of Tennyson
821 T312A55

Corazon Aquino: The Story of a Revolution - Lucy Komisar
92 A657K

Great Harry - Carolly Erickson
92 H5216E

The Wives of Henry VIII - Antonia Fraser
923.142 F841

Stop by the History-Biography Reading Room at MLK to check out the displays!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

All the World's A Stage - August Edition

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The next All the World's A Stage book club meeting will be on Monday, August 24th, when we will be discussing Joseph Ellis' Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel: Room 221, 7 PM.

Our tie-in film on Monday, August 10th will depict what was happening on the other side of the Pond - "The Madness of King George" will be shown at 2:00 and 6:30 in the west lobby on the 2nd floor. Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 3, 2009

dcpl + wamu

DCPL Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper was on The Kojo Nnamdi Show this afternoon. Listen to it here.

Yay: Circulation is up in every single branch in the system.
Boo: Our budget cuts are looking like 16%. Scary!!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Healthy hippies! Sociology August book displays

Make sure to check out Sociology's August book displays when you stop in to MLK this month! Our great hall display focuses on Health Care Reform. Our 2nd floor lobby display highlights the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.
Sick: the untold story of America's health care crisis + the people who pay the price - Jonathan Cohn
362.1097 C678

Worried sick: a prescription for health in an overtreated America
Nortin Hadler

362.1097 H131

Critical: what we can do about the health care crisis
- Tom Daschle
362.1042 D229

The road to woodstock
- Michael Land

781.6607 L271

1969: Woodstock, the moon, and Manson the turbulent end of the 1960s - Richard Stengel
973.924 N714

The hippie handbook - Chelsea Chain
305.568 C1352

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


come down to mlk for a screening of stealing a nation - an award winning documentary about the displacement of the chagossian people of the island diego garcia.

followed by a book discussion with local author david vine on island of shame: the secret history of the u.s. military base on diego garcia - his new book on the same subject.

tonight! 6pm in auditorium A5

Thursday, July 23, 2009

all the world's a stage book club

There is still time to read the All the World's a Stage Book Club selection for July, A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation, by David W. Blight. Stop by the History-Biography reference desk in Room 209 of MLK Library to pick up your copy.

The book club will meet to discuss the book on Monday, July 27 at 7:00pm in Room 221 of MLK Library. See you there!

Weekend pick! This Is Your Country on Drugs

Head over to politics and prose this Saturday 7/25 at 6pm for a discussion with author Ryan Grim on his new book and recent soc acquisition:

this is your country on drugs: the secret history of getting high in america
306.1 G861

"In the tradition of Schlosser's Reefer Madness, Grim explores the history of illicit drug use in America. A journalist and senior correspondent with Huffingtonpost.com, Grim looks back to what the Founding Fathers may have imbibed and goes on to cover later trends, such as acid and crystal meth."

Obama on Gates

image source: www.harvard.edu

If you haven't seen President Obama's comments on the Henry Louis Gates/Cambridge police incident check them out here.

Books by the Harvard scholar are found in the History/Biography division. Topics such as racial profiling and police misconduct are found in Sociology and Black Studies.

racial profiling 363.2308 K839
Henry Louis Gates 92 G2585
police misconduct 363.232 W724

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Just in

The new books are trickling in over at the SOC division...hopefully more to come this week!

Cornel West Reader - Cornel West
305.896 W516C

Next Stop, Reloville: life inside America's new rootless professional class - Peter T. Kilborn (bonus! book mentions the always exciting Gaithersburg, MD)
305.553 K48

Provenance: how a con man and forger rewrote a history of modern art - Laney Salisbury + Aly Sujo
364.163 S167

An introduction to visual culture - Nicholas Mirzoeff
306.47 M677

Methland: the death and life of an American small town - Nick Reding
362.299 R317

Getting in through my thick skull: why i stayed, what i learned, and what millions of people involved with sociopaths need to know - Mary Jo Buttafuoco
362.1968 B988

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

hearing of the week

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Lots of interesting hearings this week! but really...this week it is all about Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Follow the live stream on www.cnn.com or keep up with the #Sotomayor tweets!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Public (Library) Enemies

image source: nytimes

so this is why public enemies by bryan burroughs keeps showing up on the pick list...place a hold through citycat today and read the book before you watch the film!


Monday, July 6, 2009

Family Reunion Month Book Display

(Image Source: Washington state government)

July is observed by many as National Family Reunion Month. If you are interested learning more about your family or planning a reunion please check out the DC Public Library.

The library contains numerous books about performing genealogical research, planning family reunions and organizing reunion events. During July in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library we will feature these items in a book display. Also, please search the catalog for items related to family reunions, researching your family history, and relationships with your family.

Additionally, the DC Public Library provides users with access to Heritage Quest, a genealogical research databases with more than 25,000 family and local histories.

Liberian Film Festival at DC Public Library

(Image source: CIA World Fact Book)

Liberia's national moto is "The love of liberty brought us here." The country was founded in 1847 by free American Africans, a growing population in the US, due to abolition in the North and manumission, who chose to emigrate to Liberia with the support of the American Colonization. Since Americo-Liberian settlers declared the independence of the Republic of Liberia, the nation has had a unique relationship with the United States government and business interest. President William Tubman administration from 1944-71 promoted foreign investment and attempted bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel Doe ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles Taylor launched a rebellion against Doe's regime that led to a prolonged civil war. Presently, the nation is working to rebuild itself after this period of civil unrest

In honor of the 162nd anniversary of the foundation of Liberia, the DC Public Library will present the following films:

Liberia: America’s Stepchild July 15, 2009
Liberia: An Uncivil War July 22, 2009
Iron Ladies of Liberia July 29, 2009

The films document the nation's history, the civil unrest the 1990s, and conclude with efforts to rebuild the nation by the present administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of an African nation.

The films will begin on Wednesdays at Noon in the East Lobby on the Second Floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW.

If you would like to learn more about Liberia on the Internet check out the CIA World FactBook and the U.S. Department of State Liberia page.

You can search the DC Public Library catalog and online databases for resources related to the resettlement of free African Americans to Africa and Liberian history, government and politics.

Vietnam War Architect Robert McNamara dies at 93

(Image Source: the Defense Information Systems Agency)

Robert McNamara (June 9, 1916 – July 6, 2009) died early Monday morning in his sleep at the age of 93. McNamara served as Defense Secretary for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1968. Following that he served as President of the World Bank from 1968 until 1981.

McNamara will always be best known for his role as the architect of the Vietnam policy in the 1960s. In his book, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, he admitted that the the War, in which 58,000 Americans lost their lives was waged in error and the policy was flawed.

The DC Public Library owns wide selection of books related to the Robert McNamara. Below is a brief list of items authored by McNamara, such as:

Wilson's Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century. Public Affairs, 2001. 327.17 M169

Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy. Public Affairs, 1999.
959.7043 M169AR

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. Times Books, 1995.
959.7043 M169

Out of the Cold: New Thinking for American Foreign and Defense Policy in the 21st Century. Simon and Schuster, 1989.
327.7304 M169

Blundering into Disaster: Surviving the First Century of the Nuclear Age. Pantheon Books, 1986. 355.033 169

The Essence of Security; Reflections in Office. Harper & Row, 1968.
355.0973 M169

You can also search our databases for biographical information and articles about American defense policy during the Vietnam War.

The Social Sciences Division will have a book display during the month of July related to Robert McNamara and the Vietnam war policy. Please check it out in the East Lobby on the Second Floor.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

update on dcps/dcpl booklists

here they are... and i definitely spy some glbt books in there!
transport yourself back to high school and
read all those books you could never find the time for.


Monday, June 22, 2009

hearing of the week

The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226
10:00 a.m.


dcps bans glbt titles from summer reading lists?

read about it on the school library journal blog.

update here!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ray Bradbury loves libraries!

image source: nytimes

Literary legend Ray Bradbury says...

“Libraries raised me...I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”

"Yahoo called me eight weeks ago...They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what I told them? ‘To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet.'"

Read the rest of the article here!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

hearing of the week

image source: flickr.com/wcamlin

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
holds a business meeting!

They will discuss amendments on the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act, and the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2002.

Should be a good show.
Thursday 6/18
9:30 am
Dirksen 406.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

glbt pride book displays

image source: www.flickr.com/photos/pakgwei/

cruise by the 2nd floor east lobby and peruse the sociology and religion book displays in commemoration of glbt history and the 40th anniversary of the stonewall riots. pick up a few books and a copy of President Obama's National GLBT month proclamation too!

some highlights:
locas: the maggie and hopey stories - jamie hernandez
741.5973 H557

queer 13: lesbian and gay writers recall 7th grade
- ed. clifford chase
372.1826 Q3

que(e)rying religion: a critical anthology
- ed. gary david comstock
200.8664 Q35

reading the l word - outing contemporary television
- ed. kim akass
791.4565 R287

stonewall: the riots that started the gay revolution
- david carter
306.766 C3233

transgender history
- susan stryker
306.768 S928

check out http://www.capitalpride.org/ for upcoming festivities!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

hearing of the week

image source: wikipedia

"The Legal, Moral, and National Security Consequences
of 'Prolonged Detention'"

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Room 226 Dirksen
Chairman Feingold presiding

"The Continued Importance of the Violence Against Women Act"
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Room 226 Dirksen
Guest starring: Gabrielle Union

the committee on the judiciary is where it's at this week. http://judiciary.senate.gov/

Monday, June 8, 2009

monday night fun!

image source: flickr commons

make the quick trip from MLK library over toE street cinema tonight - i wish that i could! catch Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser and food safety advocate Barb Kowalcyk on a panel with the filmmakers of "Food Inc." one of the latest docs on the food industry and how we eat.

update: the screening is full!

check out http://www.foodincmovie.com/ for more info on the film
and the nytimes article on it here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Study from Utrecht University in the Netherlands Shows Most People Replace Friends Every 7 Years

image source: Arizona state government

A new study by sociologist Gerald Mollenhorst of Utrecht University in the Netherlands indicates that people replace close friends with new ones every seven years. The conclusion of the study was that our social networks tend to remain about the same size.

If you are interested in learning more about friendships visit DCPL's Social Sciences Division. We have a diverse collection of books on meeting people and maintaining friendships.

This list is includes some of the more recent titles:

Bisexual Women: Friendship and Social Organization. –Marlene Paz Galupo
306.765 B6216

Friendship: An Exposé. - Joseph Epstein
302.34 E646

I Can Tell Her Anything: The Power of Girl Talk - Annette Annechild
302.34 A6137

The Girls: A True Story of Lifelong Friendship-Nina Barrett
305.244 B274

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship- Jeffrey Zaslow 305.4092 Z38

Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendship. – Emily Bernard
302.34 S693

The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship after Fifty - Sue Ellen Cooper
305.244 B274

Friend or Frenemy?: A Guide to the Friends You Need and the Ones You Don't. Andrea Lavinthal
302.3408 L412

Monday, June 1, 2009

mas libros!

I know I know...I just posted on Friday that we received some new books... but today we got fifty more and boy do they look good!

The food of a younger land : a portrait of American food : before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional : from the lost WPA files - Mark Kurlansky
394.1209 F686

Catching fire : how cooking made us human - Richard Wrangham
394.12 W941

What we leave behind - DerrickJensen
304.28 J54

Faces from the land : twenty years of Powwow tradition - Ben Marra
394 M358

Democracy in print: the best of the progressive magazine 1909-2009 - Matthew Rothschild, ed.
320.573 D383

hearing of the week

image source: library of congress commons

Challenges and opportunities for US-China cooperation on climate change
thursday june 4
10 am
419 Dirksen Senate building

Friday, May 29, 2009

weekend reads

just a few of the new books in the sociology division

garden in a small space...
The self sufficient-ish bible: an eco-living guide for the 21st century -
Andy and Dave Hamilton
363.7 H217

read with a child...
Rhe book whisperer - Donalyn Miller
372.6 M647

find the perfect cufflinks...
Rhe handbook of style: a man's guide to looking good
- Esquire magazine
391. 1 H326

and for all you alliteration lovers...
The towering world of Jimmy Choo: a glamorous story of power, profits, and the pursuit of the perfect shoe - Lauren Goldstein Crowe
391.413 C953

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

what is it those corporate agribusinesses don't want WSU freshman to know?

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Some news from the academic library world ...Washington State University announced last week that it decided to pull The Omnivore’s Dilemma - Michael Pollan's super popular book about "the ecology of the food humans eat and why"- from their required reading program for freshman. possible reasoning behind that one? pressure from corporate agribusiness, say some faculty members.

Well you could pick up The Omnivore's Dilemma from your local dcpl branch, if all the copies weren't already checked out! Place a hold on citycat and check out Pollan's latest: In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Books on food and eating start around SOC 394!

Stop by MLK Library to check out a great article on the WSU controversy in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education - one of the many journals and newspapers we receive in the Social Sciences division. check out The Chronicle's blog post on it here!

UPDATE: Looks like WSU found a way to make it work!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

txt u l8r

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Check out this interesting NYTimes article on the psychological and physical effects of texting. bonus! the article features a Bethesda teen.

Something the article does not fully address is text message bullying. Text message bullying is highly prevalent in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and for some reason doesn't seem to get reported in the United States. Here is an article written by a teen on the subject.

Interested in reading up on the topic?

Cyber-bullying : issues and solutions for the school, the classroom and the home - Shaheen Shariff
371.58 S531

The mobile connection: the cell phone's impact on society - Richard Ling
303.4833 L755

Yourspace: Questioning New Media - Heather E. Schwartz

need some more? here are some online resources on text bullying and cyber-bullying:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Graduation speech of the year?

It's that time of year again- the kids are dressed in their caps and gowns shuttling the extended family from one ceremony to the next. what about the rest of us? Well, there is always dormstering! If you feel the need to reminisce on some post-graduation inspiration check out John Legend's speech to the upenn class of 2009 from monday may 18th.

Books on college education can be found starting at SOC 378 and books on commencement speeches at LIT 815.01 G733 and LIT 815.08 O59 (but look in the catalog under baccalaureate addresses because apparently we are stuck in the year 1900).

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

hearing of the week: gulf war illness research

Source: U.S. House of Representatives

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Oversight Subcommittee
will have a hearing on Gulf War Illness Research

May 19 at 10 a.m.
334 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

The hearing will include two panels of witness testimony
and the hearing will be available on webcast.

Memorial Day Book Display

Source: U.S. Veterans Administration

May 25th is Memorial Day. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. Initially, enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

The Social Sciences Division, has prepared an interesting book display to honor American military service men and women. The books include biographies, histories of the branches of the military, personal wartime accounts from World War II to the conflict in Iraq and works about women and minorities in the armed forces.

Please check out the book display on the 2nd floor of the East Lobby of the Martin Luther King Public Library.

For additional information about Memorial Day and local events please visit these websites:

Origins of Memorial Day
National Memorial Day Concert, May 24, 2009
National Memorial Day Parade, May 25, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Robert C. Byrd, 91 and the Longest-Serving Senator in History, Hospitalized

Source: United States Senate

Robert C. Byrd the longest-serving senator in history was hospitalized, last Friday.

You can read more about about Senator Byrd on the following news resources:

Sen. Byrd hospitalized with 'minor' infection
Charleston Gazette, May 18, 2009

Byrd ‘Responding Well’ to Treatment
CQ Politics, May 18,2009

Senator Robert C. Byrd United States Senate site