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


A resolution worth keeping

In this busy, fast-paced world, peace seems like an elusive commodity.Karin Silverman will lead this helpful and stimulating workshop offering effective techniques that can make your dream of finding inner peace a reality.Begin the New Year with meditation and join Karin as she takes you on this journey.

Critical Exposure Exhibit

Youth Photographers Bring Light to the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Did you know there are local youth who are using art for social justice?Do you want to learn about teens who are leaders for change in their communities?Are you interested in school reform issues?If so, visit the 2nd floor west lobby to see an exhibit by Critical Exposure. 

New Story Time Schedule

Gather around, boys and girls!  The Children's department is pleased to announce its new weekly storytime schedule for the Winter-Spring 2013 season.  Each program takes place in Room 200, the Children's room, on the second floor of the building.  

Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: A Panel

Three Scholars Discuss the Local Significance of Frederick Douglass

Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an enlightening panel discussion on the dynamic role that Frederick Douglass played in the history of Washington, D.C. during the era of Post-Emancipation.

Teen Book Review

With the wild temperature fluctuations we've been having lately, do you ever get the feeling that nature’s become a little bit unhinged?  Maybe, maybe not.  But if you want to learn a little bit about how dangerous and disturbing mental illness and insanity really is, try out

Shonda Buchanan: Poet

'Who's Afraid of Black Indians?'

Please join on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for a very special evening of poetry as Shonda Buchanan, poet and Hampton University creative writing professor, reads from her book, Who's Afraid of Black Indians? Buchanan will also share select pieces from our rich collection.

Holidays off the Beaten Path

Ring in 2013 in your own quirky style by checking out the unique celebrations listed below. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:Jan. 1 – Bonza Bottler Day Jan. 1 – New Year’s Dishonor ListJan. 2 – Happy Mew Year For Cats Day

Books on Film @ MLK!

New series celebrates film versions of reader favorites

Have you ever wondered what your favorite book would look like on film? Generations of filmmakers have answered that question by using literature as a reservoir for their creative vision. A new film series begins in January at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library that celebrates the written word on film. "Books on Film" is a monthly series that will screen movie versions of popular and classic books.

E-Reader Show & Tell

Get help with downloading to your device!

Received a Kindle as a holiday gift and not sure how to use it?Thinking of buying a Nook, but not sure which one to get?Don't know the difference between an iPad and an iPod?Are you wondering how to go about downloading books, movies and music from the library?Help is on the way.

Misérables loves company

Like the movie? Try these!

If you were not one of the millions of audience members who held their breath in the dark over the decades for a chance to se[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"16243","attributes":{"alt":"A portrait of Hugo in his youth","class":"media-image","style":"margin-r