Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The DC Public Library will be closed on the following dates: Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Jan. 20 for Inauguration Day
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Collecting LGBTQ History

A panel discussion

Join us for a special panel discussion on the importance of collecting LGBTQ materials and the preservation of LGBTQ history and memory. Our panel will consist of a variety of specialists who focus on different aspects of LGBTQ history:   Derek Gray, Archivist in Special Collections, DC Public Library

Me & Dog

Picture Books About Pets

How Children and Pets Relate to Each Other

These charming picture books for children feature a wide variety of pets: dogs, a rabbit, a snake, a sloth, a horse, a bird, a woolly mammoth, a saber-toothed tiger, and a dodo bird. The books also deal with following aspects of pet ownership: picking out a pet, taking good care of your pet, being aware of what your pet needs, and becoming a responsible pet owner. 

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Movie of the Month

'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns'

Every hero has a story.  A billionaire high tech crime-fighter is no exception. Join us as we continue our Adult Summer Reading celebration with this animated fan favorite.

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Tuesday Night Movies

A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies! July 7 Get Hard Crazy comedy with Will Ferrell enlisting Kevin Hart’s help as he prepares to serve a prison sentence. Directed by Etan Cohen. 100 minutes. 2015. R. July 14   Ex Machina A programmer wins a competition; the prize…interaction with a beautiful artificial woman! Written and directed by Alex Garland.  108 minutes. 2015. R  July 21    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns [Parts 1 & 2]

Music Scores

Music Collection at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library

Sheet Music, Records and Beyond!

Did you know that the MLK Jr. Memorial Library has a large collection of sheet music, instrumental instruction books, vocal scores for opera and musical theater, chamber music and miniature scores? There are thousands of scores including classical music, jazz, pop, gospel, and folk songs, just to name a few.

Can You Make a Scary Face?

Silly Billy Picture Books

Get Your giggles on

While there are lots of picture books - both fiction and nonfiction - that teach children the ABCs, 123s, or valuable life lessons, here are some picture books that do nothing of the sort. They're just silly books that will make you and your little ones laugh so hard, your ribs will hurt. Many of them are genuinely clever, and others are just goofy. 

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

Royal Biographies

For your fix of kings, queens, and their (sometimes) bad behavior

As Americans, we can get strangely obsessed with other countries' monarchies. It's so easy, isn't it? The lavish weddings! The impeccably dressed (not to mention impeccably behaved) children!

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Make Your Own Trading Cards!

Create your own game, then try it out at the Trading Card Meetup.

Love playing Trading Cards? Come meet creators from the Art Way Alliance on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. Two of their artists will teach you how to make your own cards and design your own game! As a participant, you’ll learn how to:    · Use the basics of drawing and character design to create your own character · Develop a character with special powers and spells

Labs Grand Opening

Celebrate the opening of The Labs at DC Public Library

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of our wonderful new Labs at DC Public Library. We will be giving tours and previewing the amazing activities of the Studio Lab and the Fabrication Lab. Enjoy playing around in front of our Green Screen and witness the power of the laser cutter.   The Labs at DC Public Library are ready for you to bring your passion. For more information, contact Digital Commons at 202-727-1175.


'Purple Rain'

Celebrate Black Music Month and Prince's birthday!

Come join us on June 22 at 6 p.n. in the Black Studies Center for a showing of the groundbreaking 1984 film Purple Rain. With an award-winning soundtrack and dynamic performances by Prince and the Revolution, this film continues to amaze, 30 years later. The semi-autobiographical plot follows the journey of a young musician facing the challenges of a dysfunctional family, dissatisfied band, and rocky romance, while he discovers his musical voice and his star begins to rise.