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A former resident of U Street reminisces about Duke Ellington playing at "house hops" or small parties around the neighborhood. This interview is part of the U Street Oral History Project. 

Please join us on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a multimedia celebration of the U Street Oral History Project at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V St. NW. This event will feature live performances by the Greater U Street Jazz Collective, R & B guitarist Greg Gaskins and other artists. Historical commentary will be provided by WPFW radio personality and Jazz historian, Rusty Hassan as well as Georgetown University African American History Professor, Maurice Jackson.

Come and learn about the rich history of U Street from those who lived through its glory days in the 1940s, the early days of R & B, its decline in the aftermath of the 1968 riots on through the present. Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this program will be hosted by Special Collections Librarian and Project Director, Kelly E. Navies. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V St. NW.

Direct download: Clark_on_Duke.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

An excerpt from the U Street Oral History Project from DCPL's oral historian Kelley Navies.

Please join us on Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a multimedia celebration of the U Street Oral History Project at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V St. NW. This event will feature live performances by theGreater U Street Jazz Collective, R & B guitarist Greg Gaskins and other artists. Historical commentary will be provided by WPFW radio personality and Jazz historian, Rusty Hassan as well as Georgetown University African American History Professor, Maurice Jackson.

Come and learn about the rich history of U Street from those who lived through its glory days in the 1940s, the early days of R & B, its decline in the aftermath of the 1968 riots on through the present. Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this program will be hosted by Special Collections Librarian and Project Director, Kelly E. Navies. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V St. NW.

Direct download: I_Sang_in_the_Choir_with_Marvin_Gaye.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am EDT

It turns out Suzanne Collins wasn't the first person to imagine a future dystopia where ill-conceived public policy initiatives force school children to battle to the death.

Join Anne and TaChalla in DCPL's soon to be favorite book club, Read This NOT That! Anne and TaChalla read books that they (and others) consider to be overrated and offer you some much better alternatives. This episode, Anne and TaChalla discuss The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.

Find The Hunger Games in the library catalog.

Find Battle Royale in the library catalog.

Find more podcasts on the DCPL Podcasts page.

Direct download: readthisnotthatep2_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

Traveling around the world is enticing, but hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, alone, with just your thoughts and a bag full of condoms? Now that's a story.

Join Anne and TaChalla in DCPL's soon to be favorite book club, Read This NOT That! Anne and TaChalla read books that they (and others) consider to be overrated and offer you some much better alternatives. This episode, Anne and TaChalla discuss Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. 

Find more podcats on the DCPL podcasts page.

Find Eat, Pray, Love and Wild in the library catalog.

 

Direct download: ReadThisNotThat1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

In this episode of Check It or Leave It, Peter and TaChalla review "Broken Angel" by Brian Knight. What happens when a mysterious catatonic girl shows up in a small rural town? Is she a werewolf, vampire, or merely a teenager with poor social skills?

Find the book in the library catalog.

Find more episodes of Check It or Leave It on the DCPL podcast page.

 

Direct download: Broken_Angel_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

For "Another Brick in the Wall," Mia G. asked people to think back to high school and reminisce about their least favorite assigned reading experience. 

This piece was made for the Audio Storytelling Workshop, a monthly course held in the Digital Commons. For more information, or to sign up for the next round of classes, visit: dclibrary.org/node/43399

Direct download: Another_Brick_in_the_Wall_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Listen as librarians Anne and Maggie talk with Grammy-nominated musician Stephen Wade about folk songs, banjo playing, and his newest book "The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience."

Join us on Thursday, July 17 for an incredible evening in the Great Hall presented by the wonderful performer and storyteller, Stephen Wade. In a performance of live music, projected images, and spoken narrative, Wade will explore iconic American folksongs and their back stories drawn from his award-winning new book,"The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience."

Wade has sought out the performers, families and acquaintances from thirteen American folk recordings to reconstruct how this music worked in each of their lives. "The Beautiful Music All Around Us" and accompanying CD will be available for purchase during the event with a book signing after, or you can purchase directly through the University of Illinois Press.

For more information, visit: dclibrary.org/node/42722

Direct download: stephenwade_final_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

On Sunday, June 29, The DC Public Library hosted a new premier annual literary event called WordsOut.

WordsOut is a scholarly component to the Library's participation in the Annual Pride parade and the Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, and was the name of a prominent gay men's writing group of the MLK Library in the 1980s and 1990s.

The keynote speaker for WordsOut 2014 was the esteemed mathematics professor and fiction author Manil Suri.

Direct download: WordsOut_2014_with_Manil_Suri.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

In this episode of Check It or Leave It, Peter and TaChalla are joined by James AKA Professor Whodunnit to review "When the Killing Starts" by Ted Wood.

Direct download: When_the_Killing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Char Hawkins grew up in D.C. In this piece she uses a view from a bus ride to reflect on the changes shes seen over her years in the city.

This piece was made for the Audio Storytelling Workshop, a monthly course held in the Digital Commons. For more information, or to sign up for the next round of classes, visit: dclibrary.org/node/43399

Direct download: Reflecting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT