Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: learn more at dclibrary.org/mlkfuture. Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) began on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please visit dclibrary.org/mlkinterim for more information on interim services.
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Shakespeare's "Henry VI" and "Richard III"

Two Kings, One Crown

William Shakespeare's "The Hollow Crown" series returns to PBS this month! 

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The Washington Blade issues 1969-1982 now online

Digitization partnership with historic gay newspaper goes live

Digitized issues from the first decade and a half of The Washington Blade newspaper are now online in Dig DC, DC Public Library Special Collections' home for digitized materials. The collection contains digitized editions of the newspaper from 1969 to 1982 and is presented in partnership with The Blade.

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Donald J. Trump:

An Assessment of the First 100 Days of His Presidency

Will Donald J. Trump be the president "for all Americans" as he pledged in his Victory Speech on Nov. 9, 2016? Mr. Trump's election as the nation's next President has sparked controversy.  Many African Americans, Muslims and immigrants fear the prospect of a Trump administration, because of  the billionaire’s campaign promises.   Dismissing post-election despair, Trump's supporters believe that he will revitalize the economy and restore America's standing on the international stage.  

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Tuesday Night Movies

A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5.

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies! November 1 Star Trek Beyond The action is non-stop in this new Star Trek entry. The Enterprise and its crew are stranded in space and face their deadly enemy Krall (Idris Elba).  With Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana. Directed by Justin Lin.  122 mins, 2016.  PG-13

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The Writer's Den Returns!

Stack your pages at this NaNoWriMo event

Drop into our pop-up writer's lounge for tea and contemplation, held weekly in Room A-10 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in November at your favorite downtown Library. Register for NaNaWriMo and get swag to keep you writing. Writing references, WiFi, and library staff will be available for your convenience so you can stack your pages towards your word count goal.

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The Obama Years

An Assessment of Race Relations in the United States

Have race relations in America improved or deteriorated since Barack Obama ascended to the White House? The rash of police shooting deaths of unarmed black men has brought attention to the enduring problem of racial violence in the United States.  According to data collected by the Washington Post in 2015, law enforcement officers killed 990 people, of which 258 were black. At present, there have been 703 documented deaths of which 173 were African-Americans. With several months left in the year, the number is expected to rise.

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The Shaed Sisters of Washington, D.C.

Elementary School Educators

The Shaeds were a prominent family of educators and professionals in Washington, D.C. Gregory and Cenos Shaed moved from Florida to Washington, D.C. after their marriage in 1900, where Mr. Shaed became a printer with the Government Printing Office.

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Staff Pick: National Museum of African American Museum & Culture

New in the collection

The Smithsonian's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is now open to the public!

I Want a President...

A collective reading - DC

Visit the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Library and let your voice be heard.   Grab a sticky note and share your vision.   Submissions will be read aloud in front of the White House on October 16.  

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