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Librarian Michael Davis gives a little of the history of Juneteenth, an annual holiday that celebrates the day word of emancipation finally reached Texas.

Celebrate Juneteenth at a special evening Read-In.  Members of the Aspiring Writers Circle and library staff will present original works and letters from slaves that evoke the strength, courage, and freedom that Juneteenth represents.

This multimedia event will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room A-5, located on the lower level.

Direct download: Juneteenth_Final.mp3
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On May 20, author Walter Mosley discussed and signed his latest book, “Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The following podcast includes Mosley discussing his work, reading an excerpt, and answering questions for the audience.

Debbie Dare is a sharp-tongued LA porn star. When her husband suddenly dies, she realizes she’s ready for another kind of life and, with the help of her mother-in-law and others, she works to separate her on-screen persona from her true identity.

Mosley is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Direct download: Author_Talk_Walter_Mosley.mp3
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The District has a rich cultural history, including the Go-Go scene, punk rock, the Washington Color School and other artistic movements, which flourished at a time when D.C. was thought of as a government town. As the city continues to grow, can artists still find a welcoming home in D.C.? How can the city continue to foster these creative movements? District of Change is an ongoing conversation series examining the transformation of the District of Columbia.

Hosted by Matthew Yglesias, former Slate correspondent and current executive editor of Vox Media, panelists and the audience talked about how the District’s art scene has changed over the last 30 years.


Holly Bass: multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, as well as writer and director

Brendan Canty: D.C. musician, composer, producer, filmmaker, and former Fugazi drummer

Victoria Reis: Co-Founder and Executive & Artistic Director for Transformer D.C., a nonprofit that supports and promotes local artists

Direct download: District_of_Change.mp3
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Library pals Peter and Tachalla review "Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen" by Marilyn Chin.

Direct download: Mooncake_Vixen.mp3
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Librarians Anne and Maggie talk about "The Dinner" by Herman Koch, this month's selection for the Books & Bars book club.

Books & Bars meets at Bistro D'Oc on the third Wednesday of each month. Come join in this and every month for great food and drinks, and intriguing discussion.


Direct download: booksnbarsmaypromo.mp3
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Join Edgardo G. as he goes searching for the footprints of Puerto Rican heritage here Washington D.C.

On this audio tour of the District, you'll learn about everything from traditional Puerto Rican music to the 1954 shooting conducted by Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebrón. Edgardo created this audio piece using the skills he learned at the Audio Storytelling Workshop taught at the MLK Digital Commons.

To learn more about this program, or to sign up for the next session, click here: 

Direct download: FP_Puerto_Rico.mp3
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DC Public Library pals Tachalla and Peter are joined by fantasy expert David to review 'Damselflies' by Jayel Gibson.

Along the way they ask the serious questions: What makes a strong female character? How should fantasy books treat fantasy violence? And when is making up words not just appropriate, but necessary?

Find out more about this title in the DC Public Library catalog:

Direct download: Check_It_or_Leave_It_Ep_5_Damselflies.mp3
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Bikecast: DCPL Celebrates National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and DC Public Library has a whole bunch of bike-related programs scheduled throughout the city. In preparation for the cycling fun, David Quick, a librarian at the Southeast Branch, talks to a few fellow DC Public Library employees about their experiences biking in D.C. 

Direct download: Bikecast_2_Final.mp3
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DC Punk History at DCPL

Join Maggie, Michele and Anne as they discuss D.C.'s rich punk history.

Maggie tells us about this month's Book Club with a Beat pick, "Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk In the Nation's Capital," while Michele talks about DC Public Library Special Collections and her efforts to preserve DC Punk history. Anne chimes in with her favorite Punk fiction novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad." We even listen to a few DC punk classics!

Direct download: DC_Punk_History_at_DCPL.mp3
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Check It or Leave It, Episode 3: 'Murder Within Murder'

DC Public Library pals Tachalla and Peter review 'Murder Within Murder' by Richard and Frances Lockridge. This cozy mystery raises a lot of important questions, like "Is solving murder mysteries the key to a lasting marriage?"

Find out more about this title in the DC Public Library catalog:

Direct download: Check_It_or_Leave_It_3_-_Murder_within_Murder.mp3
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