Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: http://www.dclibrary.org/mlkfuture. Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) will begin on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please refer to http://www.dclibrary.org/roadtomlkfuture for more information on interim services.

MLK Memorial Library Building Program Released

Explains the post-renovation spaces, programs and services

DC Public Library and the architect team from Martinez + Johnson/Mecanoo recently released the draft library building program for the renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. A “library building program” describes the types of spaces in the renovated building, approximate square footage allocated for each space, and the programs and services offered in each space.

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Letters About Literature Writing Competition

"How did an author’s work change your view of the world and yourself?”  Participate in this year’s Letters About Literature writing competition to answer that question. Students, grades 4 – 12, write a letter to an author of a work that left a lasting impression to explain how their views were changed by the work.

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Enabled by Design-athon: DC Edition

Kick-off with United Cerebral Palsy Life Labs Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

We are proud to host the kick-off on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for United Cerebral Palsy’s Life Labs 2014 DC Enabled by Design-athon, a two-day ideas and prototyping-fest to transform the lives of people with a disability.

Neil Young's Fork in the Road for voice, piano and guitar

New Sheet Music at the Library

Check out some new items for our sheet music collection!

Raise your hand if you know it's possible to check out sheet music from the DC Public Library! This week we have received freshly cataloged music for voice and piano. Some worthy titles include: Neil Young’s Fork in the Road for voice, piano and guitar.

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Family Fun Time

Learning about your family

Do you know if you have cousins? Do you have aunts and uncles that live far away? Do your parents remember their grandparents? Learning about your family is called genealogy. Take time to ask questions and start to track your own family tree! Want to read more about families? Check out these titles:

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NaNoWriMo Meetup!

Get your National Novel Writing Month off to a good start

Cross this one off your list: Get ready for National Novel Writing Month in November. Join other aspiring writers on Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Digital Commons, as we begin stacking pages of our manuscripts.  You can do this, and you are not alone! (Drop by after you vote, or vote in the Great Hall.) Visit dclibrary.org/nanowrimo for more information about writing events at your favorite downtown library.  

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6th Annual Moving Forward Together Secondary Transition Community Fair & Forum

This two-day event will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. All DC Schools - DCPS, Charter, & Non-publics - serving DC students with IEPs, 504 Plans, and disabilities are invited to bring their students to prepare for the future and prepare for a successful transition into employment, post-secondary education, and independence. On Friday, Oct. 24, activities scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. include: Performing arts session with music and dance

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Scary Stories to Read After Dark

Horror stories to add to your Halloween reads

I've never been a big horror fan. Horror movies? No thanks. Haunted houses? Yeah right. Ghost tours of abandonded anythings. That's cute. Japanese Horror Movies? 100 percent never no way. Scary stories? Yes, OK, sounds great, sign me up. 

Joy Buttons perform at the DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show

Punk Rocktober Continues

Celebrate the DC Punk Archive!

The new DC Punk Archive is now a reality!

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Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren

Meet the Authors Gina A. Oliva and Linda R. Lytle

 Meet the authors! Gina A. Oliva and Linda R. Lytle discuss and sign copies of their book,Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. in Room A-5. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr, Memorial Library  

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