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

Tips and Tricks for Teen Jobsearching

Learn about how far a firm handshake and solid cover letter can take you

Summer's around the corner, and with it comes the summer job market. From day camps to scooping ice cream, there are lots of options for teens to earn some money. Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you land the job you want:

Fall in Love with a Good Book

Exploring Romance in Teen Space

Romeo and Juliet?  Superman and Lois Lane? Hermione and Ron? Who is your favorite couple? Stop by Teen Space on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library and fill out a candy heart letting us know who the lovely pair is, and we'll put it on display!  

Black History Month Open Mic!

Civil Rights Open Mic hosted by Derrick Weston Brown

Celebrate Black History Month with the power of the word by joining us on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. for a rousing Civil Rights-themed Open Mic hosted by Derrick Weston Brown of Busboys and Poets.We will begin to accept sign-ups at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.All ages welcome.Bring your best poem about any Civil Rights issue!

Step Into... Online Resources

Helping You Find Reliable Information Every Friday Morning

Did you know the library has more than just books? We also have online resources available through our website that you can access in the library or from home!

The DC Public Library Presents Its 25th Annual Black Film Festival

Civil Rights In America


From Black Panther to Black Classic Press: A lecture by Paul Coates

Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for an enlightening and stimulating lecture by Mr. Paul Coates, publisher of Black Classic Press on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Great Black Music and the Desegregation of D.C.

Georgetown Professor Maurice Jackson presents the Black History Month Keynote Lecture

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., we are delighted to present the Black History Month Keynote Lecture by Georgetown University Professor Maurice Jackson.Dr. Jackson will speak on the topic, "Great Black Music and the Desegregation of Washington, D.C."

Jacob Lawrence: Story Painter

In celebration of Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library presents a program on one of the most significant Black artists. Jacob Lawrence's career spanned the period from the Harlem Renaissance to 1997. His distinctive artwork chronicles the migration of African Americans and tells the stories of ordinary people as well as heroes.

Talking Book Club Feb. 20

'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese

Ethiopia, 1954. Twin brothers Shiva and Marion Stone’s Indian-nun mother dies during their birth and their British father abandons them. As revolution brews decades later, Marion, a surgeon, flees to America, where he eventually confronts his past.

Holidays Off The Beaten Path

The groundhog might be predicting six more weeks of winter, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate while the snow is falling down around you. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information: Feb. 1-28 – Library Lovers Month   Feb. 2 – Bonza Bottler Day