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

Help Us Rename the Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Club!

Vote, vote, vote, like a baby... Vogon?

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED! The MLK Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club is looking for a new name! Something shorter and less clunky... something that invokes enchanted quests and the mysterious depths of space... or at least something that looks good on a T-shirt.  

David Brooks' Summer Reading Picks

Author David Brooks shared with his readers some of his favorite titles for summer reading in the New York Times column, "

Happy Holidays

Summertime has finally come, and with it, some time to do what you want rather than what you need to do for work and school.  With that in mind, learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below, and see if there’s something new and exciting you would like to try. June 1 – National Cancer Survivors Day June 1 – Say Something Nice Day

Family Fun Time: Ballet

An introduction into classical dance

The library is the perfect place to introduce children to new experiences. From multi-cultural story times to STEAM activities, the familiar space of the library can be where you child can safely explore something completely unexpected and surprising.

Check It or Leave It?

Episode 5: "Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen"

Listen to TaChalla fumble her words and Peter's perfect diction in their discussion of Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin.

Featured: a reading group for all things info policy, tech, Internet, & bookish

June Articles

This month's articles explore Internet and privacy issues.Join in on the discussion Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the Digital Commons at MLK. 

5th Annual Tour de DCPL

Approximately 40 bicyclists participated in the 5th Annual Tour de DCPL, Saturday, May 17. The free, community bike ride highlights DC Public Libraries by riding between locations throughout the city.

Info Services Staff Picks

Beach Reads

Hellooo, Summer! Grab a book and let's hit the beach.

Talking Book Club June 19

'A Long, Fatal Love Chase' by Louisa May Alcott

This romantic cliffhanger about a woman pursued by her ex-lover, a relentless stalker, seems sprung from today's headlines. Yet Alcott (1832-1888) wrote it more than a century and a quarter ago, in 1866 (two years before the appearance of Little Women), only to see it rejected it as ``too sensational'' by the magazine that had requested it. The novel has remained unpublished until now.

"Dawn" by Octavia Butler

Lilith lyapo awakens in a room without windows, where voices speak to her from a mysteriously lighted ceiling. But she is not mad. She is a captive.