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

'The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears' by Dinaw Mengestu

Book Review

Author Dinaw Mengestu brings the dislocation and feelings of relative isolation of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant, to life. The horrific circumstances of the protagonist's departure from his home country at a tender age are detailed, and his encounter with the established Washington, D.C.

CONNECT 4: Sam Scharf

You may have noticed new sculptures at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. This is the third project in the CONNECT 4 collaboration with CulturalDC and Flashpoint Gallery.

'Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party'

The Black Panther Party: A Book Discussion

Please join us in the Black Studies Center at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 for a discussion of the new book Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.

Clothes Encounters

A Free Clothing Swap at MLK

In partnership with Martha's Table, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is hosting a free clothing swap on Saturday, June 15.Bring at least two items of clean, gently used clothing, pair of shoes, or accessories you no longer want between June 7-June 15 to the Popular Services division (Rm. 110). Get free, new-to-you clothing, shoes and accessories in exchange!

Celebrate the Summer Solstice: Friday, June 21

Kids' edition

What is the summer solstice?  Also called "midsummer," it is the longest day of the whole year! All over the world and since time began, people have celebrated this extra long, extra special day. 

'Nice Companies Finish First'

Book Review

What makes a successful, transformative organization? What kind of leadership guides an organization making it stand out amongst its rivals/peers?  What qualities in management inspire employees to do the best that they can do and make their organization shine?

Wellness Workshops--Second Tuesdays

June 11 at 12:30 p.m. outside Room 220

It is almost time for another of our Wellness Workshops, presented by the American Diabetes Association here at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Children's Staff in the Spotlight

Julia Hurwitz, Tour de Force

Who knew the Children's Division was hiding a record-breaking, feat-performing whirlwind?  She moves so fast, no wonder you didn't see her.  Though it's hard to keep up with everything Ms. Julia does in a day, I made sure to interview her before the people at Guinness World Records catch on.

Washingtoniana Book Discussion

DC Fiction Book Club

Join Washingtoniana librarians on Monday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.

June Goodreads Book Group: Life's A Beach!

Do you want to join a book group, but don't have the time to attend meetings? Do you like using social media and are looking for a good group to discuss your latest literary indulgence or to learn what others are reading?Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads.