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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Featured Author: James Ellroy

James Ellroy experienced two tragedies in his childhood and teen years: his mother’s unsolved murder and his father’s passing years later. James also took a step into the criminal world and paid for his actions.

From Real Estate Plat-Book of Washington, District of Columbia, Vol. 1, 1892

MapStory Warper Testing

Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

Please join DC Public Library Special Collections and the MapStory team for a fun night of hands-on Warper testing on Wednesday. MapStory's Warper tool lets you plot scanned maps and aerial images in the geographic space of a digital map.

Winter Reading

Cold But Cuddly

Winter Reading Club

Cuddle up to books this winter break and be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card! This winter break, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, elementary and middle school students who visit their neighborhood branch can be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card for sharing their winter reading with their librarian.  

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STEAM Team: Card Games Using Math

Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Do you like playing games and want to practice your math skills in a fun way?  If so, please join the STEAM Team on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room (Room 200). STEAM is a framework for learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  

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Books and Music

Episode 2: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store

Woo-Hoo! Episode 2 is finally here!  This episode's pick is a lot less gory and much more upbeat. A book for book lovers, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, will warm the cockles of your heart.The Story:

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'The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books'

An evening with author Azar Nafisi

Please join us in the Great Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. for a very special evening with Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, as she shares her latest work, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. 

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Movember at the Library

Celebrate the work to change the face of men's health

This month, as you walked the halls of your favorite downtown library, you may have done a double take.  Many familiar faces of our hardworking staff were clean shaven in anticipation of the hair to come.   Although pictured here earlier this month, they look a bit fuzzier now, and for a good cause. 


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“I didn’t realize how important it is to sing, talk and read to your newborn until I attended a Sing Talk and Read workshop while pregnant. Now I tell other mothers start even before their babies are born."  

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Check It or Leave it?

Special Edition

In this very special episode of Check It or Leave It?, Peter and TaChalla tackle an entire shelf of books from the Popular Library. Ranging from dense historical fiction to steamy romance reads, these 12 random titles have nothing more in common than the fact that the Dewey Decimal system has placed them on the same shelf. How many of these books will get the Ding of Approval or the Buzz of Shame?There is only one way to find out!

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Your Daily Dose of Punk

A Fugazi demo, a radio show and cool archives

With D.C. buzzing about Fugazi's "First Demo," we've assembled a few essential online reads and listens, whether you're a longtime fan or completely clueless about the punk scene. 1. Read: Leor Galil of The Washington Post writes about punk legends Fugazi, and the demo that started it all.