It's summer time! Summer courses started today and it's the first day in ages with clear sunny skies! Take this opportunity to relax and have a blast over the Memorial Day weekend by falling in love with one of Langsdale's many books and movies about love.
Note: Availability of Grease not guaranteed despite the obvious reference in this post.
Tuesday, May 24 -- Monday, August 8:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 1 – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Monday, May 28 – 30: CLOSED (Memorial Day holiday)
Saturday – Monday, July 2 - 4: CLOSED (July 4th holiday)
(Image copied from Flier from the first DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show at MLK Jr. Memorial Library October 2, 2014.)
You don’t usually think of loud music and spiked mohawks when you go to your local library, but hiding in the basement of D.C. public library you’ll find just that. The library started a punk archive in 2014, collecting everything from fliers to videos in effort to preserve the music history of the nation’s capital. Some of their flier collection is digitized and available online. They even host free shows in the library’s basement.
Libraries may seem like an unlikely culprit for preserving an underground music scene, but, hey, as Matt Connelly says in his Washington Monthly article, “the library is far and away the most punk-rock branch of local government.” We may not class as ‘hardcore,’ but we support our local communities and meticulously hoard resources for use by future generations, so maybe we’re more comparable to punk rock’s silent, scheming little sister.
Can’t make it to D.C.? Check out these books available in Langsdale’s collection: