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.
Proust and the Squid

The Reading Brain

...and How Digital Media Is Rewiring It

How is your experience reading these words different than if you were reading them on paper? In what ways does the printed word—and in particular, book reading—alter the mind and human culture? How is digital media rewiring the brain and changing the way we think, imagine, and experience life? These are the kinds of questions the books below explore through perspectives from neuroscience, history, linguistics, media studies, literature, and personal stories.

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Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month with Books

 In Celebration on Caribbean-American Heritage Month, enjoy a sampling works from the library's collection:    Antigua and Barbuda: Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John    

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Market Selects for June 14th

Seasonal, Fresh Titles for Your Consumption

On the second Tuesday of each month, library staff set up shop at the FRESHFARM Penn Quarter Market to sign up new library customers, check out and return materials, and dish about

June Library Basement Show

Librarians Love Punk Questionnaire with Governess

Learn about the reading habits of local band, Governess, performing in the Library Basement Show with Loud Boyz and Heavy Breathing on Thursday, June 2nd! 1. What is the one book you would say changed your life after you read it?

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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!

Milkshake Duo

Musical Performance: Milkshake!

Performing at our Summer Reading Kickoff, June 4 at 2 p.m.

Milkshake is a Grammy-nominated rock duo for kids and kids at heart, made up of vocalist Lisa Mathews and acoustic guitarist Mikel Gehl. The group has released three award-winning CDs, including two Parents’ Choice Awards and a NAPPA Gold Award. Milkshake’s videos can be seen on Noggin, PBS KIDS, and Discovery Kids. As “Parents” Magazine says, “If kids don’t push the replay button…parents will!”

Author Matt de la Pena

Author Event: Matt de la Peña

Friday, June 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Young adult Author and Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña will speak in the Great Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3.

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Social Justice & Equal Rights for the LGBTQ Community in the District: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday June 1 at 6:30 p.m.

What challenges did the LGBTQ community face in the District in their struggle for recognition in the past? What legal protections does this community enjoy now? What are the current struggles for recognition and justice being faced by them now and where will the struggle for equal rights and social justice take the LGBTQ community next? Join us for a thought-provoking discussion featuring some of the city’s LGBTQ champions:   K. Travis Ballie - Lead Organizer at NARAL Pro-Choice America; The DC Center for the LGBT Community

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Digitizing Home Video

D.I.Y. at Home or at the Memory Lab

When I learned that DCPL was setting up a lab to transfer VHS videotapes to digital format, I had to try it. At home, we had not watched our home movies in years. I wanted to get my videos to a place where my family could watch and share them. I had started a digitizing project about a year ago and stalled. I needed a jump start and was curious to see how the library’s method compared to what I was doing at home.At Home

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