CMCB at Busboys and Poets

Due to pandemic and other re-arrangements of the economy, used book sales at Busboys and Poets are suspended. Book carts are still available at We Act Radio, 1918 MLK, SE, and a new Little Free Library is active further south on MLK. Look for additional pop-up stores to come.

A moving event honoring Charnice Milton‘s fourth death anniversary, May 27, 2019, launched the CMCB used book space at Busboys and Poets-Anacostia, 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Read about the event at DC Line.

A highlight of the CMCB spaces is a sculpture, by local artists Mercedes, who crafts healing art from bullet casings and other materials once associated with violence.

CMCB sculpture


New books at BBP-Anacostia; Used books coming soon

Busboys and Poets-Anacostia, just a block from the We Act Radio station where Charnice Milton Community Bookstore began, is now hosting a small collection of books picked by CMCB staff. After a soft opening in early March, CMCB at BBP-Anacostia continues to add titles, and the shelves are filling. The used book section is scheduled to open on May 27, honoring the fourth death anniversary of Charnice A. Milton (6/19/87– 5/27/15), East of the River journalist shot to death on her way home from assignment.

One of the first new books recommended by our staff is this powerful young adult novel, Monday is Not Coming.


Author Tiffany D. Jackson spends half her year in New York and half in DC. She portrays the lives of young people in a fictionalized Barry Farm with beauty and honesty.

Stay tuned for more news of the used book opening and for additional events centered around getting free books into the hands of young readers, particularly those east of the river.

New: From Slavery to Cecil Street

This copy of the 1947 classic is in great shape. Here is more about historian John Hope Franklin (1915-2009).


Diane McKinney-Whetsone is author of six novels — including the 2004 Leaving Cecil Street — and former teacher of creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about the book from Reading Group Guides and more about the author from her website. This is an uncorrected proof of the 2005 publication, and it’s clearly been enjoyed by several readers while still ready for more use.

Help Us Catalogue: 3 January Dates

Book donations for Charnice Milton Community Bookstore continue to arrive, and we need volunteers to help us catalogue our growing collections: books for children and youth, which we continue to provide, free of charge, to help local young people establish home libraries; adult books, which we sell locally at nominal fees, and on-line at market rate, to help support the literacy goals of the bookstore.

No experience or expertise necessary for these cataloguing days, but a laptop or tablet is required.

  • Sunday 1/21 (1-5 p.m.)
  • Saturday 1/27 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Sunday 1/28 (1-5 p.m.).

Please enter your name and contact information, as well as how you heard of these work days, below. THANKS!

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Kujichagulia Book Giveaway

Charnice Milton Community Bookstore presents Kujichagulia Book Giveaway to celebrate Kwanzaa and Self-Determination. December 27, 12 – 5 p.m.
1918 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE (near corner of Good Hope Road)
Two free books per young person. Performance by Baba Ras D.

Adult books also available for purchase.

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