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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Don't Miss the 26th Annual Black Film Festival

See a Double Feature every week!

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our popular annual film festival. The 26th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films. Our Tuesday Night Movies series is on hiatus and will return in March. Feb. 3  Get On Up Biographical story of the life of James Brown. Starring Chadwick Boseman, directed by Tate Taylor. 139 minutes. 2014. PG-13 (plus short film Almos’ a Man).

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Check It or Leave It?

Episode 11: Shifu, You'll Do Anything For a Laugh

Horn Dog. Bed Sheets Factory. Communist. Jay-Z.

Painting by C.R. Wells of the Jackson Family Art Show

The Jackson Family Art Show featured for Black History Month!

The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generations of greatness in art. The family will visit libraries accross the District to celebrate Black History Month with exhibits and hands-on art demonstrations. The show will visit:  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Rosedale Library on Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. Parklands-Turner Library on Feb. 21, 2 p.m.

Make bookmarks for literacy

Family Fun Time: Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m.

Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan / Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter is a children's picture book that beautifully tells the true stories of two children from Pakistan who faced barriers to education and how they fought to overcome them.

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Books & Music

Episode 3: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

It's time to expand music palate, again! This episode brings you music inspired by One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  by B.J. Novak. The Story


STEAM Team: Making Noise

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m.

Ever wondered how sound works? Explore the world of sound with an experiment using common household items. Then make more noise with the crafty kazoos we'll be making and decorating ourselves. Ages 6-12. Want to try your own experiments at home? Check out these great books for ideas: Experiments With Sound and Hearing by Chris Woodford

Two Brothers: Dared To Dream

A.D. and M.L. King: Two Brothers Who Dared To Dream

Author talk with Naomi Ruth Barber King

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. for a special event featuring Naomi Ruth Barber King, sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mrs. King will discuss her book, A.D. and M.L. King: Two Brothers Who Dared To Dream. Books will be available for purchase.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Read This NOT That!

Episode 5: Adult Fables

Anal-living parasites, a first date with a War Lord, a comedy roast of Nelson Mandela. These are just some of the things Anne and TaChalla talk about in the latest episode of Read This NOT That! 

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Black Studies Film Festival

Afternoon movies in the Black Studies Center

Please join us for the first annual Black Studies Center Film Festival! All films will take place on Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. in the Black Studies Center starting on Jan. 14. Here is the exciting and thought-provoking lineup: Jan. 14: MLK: A Call To Conscience Jan. 21: Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings Jan. 28: Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi, Is this America? Feb. 4: Do the Right Thing

Turn the page on NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo Editing Swap

Get your work one step closer to publication!

It's time for all your bullet sweating, pencil chewing, and page stacking to come to an end. And a new beginning. Nothing beats a keen eye and a clean draft to whip a manuscript into shape. Join us at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Monday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in Room 207.  There you will share your manuscript with a like-minded writer who will edit your work.  In turn, they will share theirs to be edited as well.  Staff will make a record of the swap and provide reference materials for the job at hand.