Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Who was John Chapman?

'Seed by Seed'

Fall is here and in addition to admiring the bright colors of the trees as they change, we indulge in a lot of fun activities that include apples. For example, you may love making and eating treats, like apple pie, cider and candied apples. You probably also heard the name Johnny "Appleseed", but what do you know about him?

'Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.' by Dr. Ida E. Jones

Activism and Education in Logan Circle

The Black Studies Center now has a copy of Dr. Ida E.

Our Favorite Banned Books

Celebrating the Richness of the Forbidden

You know us.  We are the dedicated library staff who scurry between the Welcome Desk, the Popular Library, and the Digital Commons to assist you in your information and entertainment needs. 

'An Abundance of Katherines' by John Green

One of the big events libraries celebrate in September is Banned Books Week, where we highlight the mission of the library to provide information and entertainment on all topics and viewpoints, even if some readers might find it offensive. One of the authors we highlight during this time is John Green, whose works are often challenged in libraries across the country.

Celebrate Tolkien Week

Hobbits, dwarves and hidden treasure! 

Nice to Meet You!

New animals in the Children's Room

There are a lot of new faces to see in the Children’s Room – and not all of them are human!I talked to our new animal friends myself to see how they're adjusting.  Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Wallace the Shark and Baby Giraffe!

Stories Without Words

Exploring Wordless Picture Books

I adore picture books filled with wonderful, strange, and exciting new words.  However, the wordless

Oh No He Didn't!

Classic titles revisited and remixed

Do you host or belong to a book club? Do you enjoy a spirited cocktail now and then?

2013 Mayor’s Annual Disability Awareness Expo

This free event is for all the D.C. residents with a disability, advocates, caregivers and providers to:share information and valuable resources;build new relationships;participate in activities that are fun, relaxing and empowering!The expo is Tuesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Review: 'Mismatch'

How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help

The first thing to say about this book is that it is a call to discussion and further research, not meant to be the last word on the matter. The authors say much the same about it -- they do feel the research they have shows a likelihood the problem is real, but frequently note the need for more data to be released so better studies can be done.