Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library will close on Saturday, Mar 4. at 5:30 p.m for modernization:
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Anime Club February Meeting

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:00 pm

For our February meeting of Anime Club we will (at your request!) watch anime that feature various types of martial arts. We will stream anime like Dragon Ball Super, Naruto, Ruroni Kenshin, and Toriko.
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Fab Lab: Sewing Machine Certification

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6:00 pm

Learn the basics of how to thread, operate, and troubleshoot a standard electric sewing machine in this interactive tutorial. Please note that a prior Fab Lab Orientation is required for this class. Space is limited due to the hands-on nature of the class, so please register at to reserve your spot.*

Film: A Legacy of Mies and King

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:30 pm

What do you do with a library designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.? This was the question Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, had to answer when she was commissioned to give Washington, D.C.’s central library a new future.
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DIY Clothing Repair Workshop

Want to mend your old clothes, but don't know how? Bring your (clean) clothes to our workshop and learn basic patching and mending skills. Sewing machines, needles, and thread provided. Space is limited, so sign up here:
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Books & Bars

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:00 pm

Join DC Public Library librarians on the third Wednesday of each month at Gordon Biersch Brewery for a modern-day book club.&nb
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Listen Up: Talking Book Club Wants Audiobook Fans!

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:00 am

If you love listening to audiobooks, meet up with The Talking Book Club. We meet on the third Thursday of each month, in the Center for Accessibility (Room 215), to discuss audiobooks that spark good conversation! To get more information and know what we are reading next, call 202-727-2142.

Story Time Gala

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join us for a magical evening in support of the critical children's programs at DC Public Library! Click here to get event tickets.  
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The Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet in Concert

Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:00 pm

Are you interested in a rich tradition of standard classical church music? Music of African American composers and heritage music?  If so, you do not want to miss a free concert by The Morehouse College Glee Club, one of the nation's oldest all-male collegiate glee clubs. On Friday, March 24, beginning at 12 p.m., the Morehouse College  Glee Club will perform at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

Film Screening: "A Legacy of Mies and King"

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30 pm

What do you do with a library designed in the 1960s by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.? The documentary, "A Legacy of Mies and King: Renovating the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library," follows architect Francine Houben as she investigates the past and present to transform D.C.'s central library into a world class library.This screening will be held at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.