Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library will reopen with limited services on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Find more information at dclibrary.org/mlk2020
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Black Culture in the Deaf Community

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 12:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Carolyn McCaskill on Black Culture in the Deaf Community.  In celebrating the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and the International Week of the Deaf, we will discuss the importance of black culture in the deaf community. Learn about the variety of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Black Deaf community, known as Black ASL. The socio-historical conditions that made its emergence possible will be described, along with the linguistic features that characterize the variety.  
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Events with the Labs: Crafting at Home with the Smithsonian

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 3:00 pm

Join us for an online presentation on the Smithsonian's online library of free crafting resources, from making an art robot to creating a botany book. Sign up at bit.ly/labsclasses to receive the link to virtually attend. 
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Virtual Story Time at MLK

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 3:00 pm

Grab your shakers, bells or anything that makes a fun noise and join the Library for Virtual Story Time. Recommended for children birth to 5. Click here to watch online.
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Adult Learning Department Information Session

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 10:00 am

Join the Adult Learning Department (ALD) for an informative presentation that gives an overview of the ALD’s resources and programs.Learn about ways to study for your high school diploma. Explore digital literacy offerings that introduce Northstar Online, or learn how to take Certiport exams from home. Participate in a virtual book discussion designed for adult developing readers, or practice your English-speaking skills during an ESL Conversation Circle. 
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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Virtual Opening Ceremony

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 11:00 am

After a successful three year renovation, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopens with a virtual program celebrating the opening and the Library’s service to District residents. The opening ceremony features remarks and ribbon cutting by The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C., Gregory McCarthy, Chairman of the Board of the DC Public Library and Richard Reyes-Gavilan, DC Public Library Executive Director.
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Opening Beats with Les The DJ

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 pm

Celebrate the reopening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library with a series of virtual events! After the opening ceremony and the official ribbon-cutting, hear Opening Beats with Les The DJ and discover the first-floor cafe patio!  Click here to watch.  
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Certiport Exams from Home: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exams

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 1:00 pm

If you need to Get Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certified, the DC Public Library, in partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), is pleased to offer Certiport’s Exams from Home Service. This remote testing solution allows you to take the 2016 or 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam from the convenience and safety of your own home or office, and it is FREE to you through our partnership with OSSE.
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A Feel For Books

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 2:00 pm

A Feel For Books is a regular book club for adult learners. In this session, we will be reading The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully. The book is about the struggle for women's right to vote.
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Virtual Social Justice Story Time at MLK

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 3:00 pm

Grab your shakers, bells or anything that makes a fun noise and join the Library for a very special Virtual Story Time. This story time will feature themes of civic engagement and social justice centered around our youngest readers. Recommended for children birth to 5. Click here to watch.
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Discussion in Design

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 4:00 pm

Join us for a fascinating discussion with the artists and designers behind the dramatic new elements of the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. We’ll explore their vision behind each of the elements and what inspires them in their field of work.

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