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.
The great Orson Welles.

Movie of the Month

'The Magnificent Ambersons'

In 1941 Orson Welles released his first cinematic masterpiece, Citizen Kane, arguably the greatest film ever produced.

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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! Sept. 1 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Laugh-out-loud tale of a young man’s antics while playing hooky! Matthew Broderick is the kid; Jeffrey Jones is the principal out to get him. Directed by John Hughes.103 minutes. 1986. PG-13 Sept. 8  Jakob the Liar Robin Williams is a Jewish shopkeeper in WWII Poland, bringing hope to his fellow man with fabricated stories about the war. Directed by Peter Kassovitz. 

Indian Cinderella: Anklet for a princess by Lila Mehta

Cinderella Stories Around the World

Multicultural picture book retellings

Here in the Children's Room, I'm constantly being asked for princess stories. Almost as often, when I offer a book featuring a non-Disney, non-European princess, I'm informed (in offended or witheringly scornful tones) that all princesses are pale, blonde, and pretty. This makes me sad. Of course, children love the Disney versions of fairy tales. I'm the last person to fault them for that. But there's a whole world of lovely and diverse folktales on our shelves just waiting to be discovered!

 The Great Cat Massacre and other Episodes in French Cultural History

Pick List Picks

You asked for it

Every morning, library staff across the system pull items from a long list to fulfill your hold requests. That list is called the Pick List, and these are my favorites.

Global Babies

Kids Around the World

Bonjour! Shalom! Jambo! Ni hao!

Plant the seeds of cultural awareness from the youngest ages with a board book, and keep nurturing them through late elementary with books that introduce kids to different religions, foods, and

Playing Mario MaKey MaKey

DC Public Library Visits the Gamer Family Festival

On Saturday, Aug. 15, Librarians Cameron and Kim visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the Gamer Family Festival, a whole day inspired by games in the museum’s collection. Not to be out done by event partners

Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra

Eighth-Grade Math Novels?

Books that make math fun for middle-schoolers

The library got a request this morning via Twitter: We've gotta admit this is a slightly unusual -- and incredibly specific request. But our amazing Library staff are up to the task! Here's what awesome Children's Librarian Annie Lyon came up with:

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Looking to take your art to the next level?

Join us for an Editorial Cartooning Workshop

You might have seen them online or even in the newspaper: editorial cartoons or political cartoons (as they are sometimes called) are illustrations or comics containing a political or social message that usually relates to current events or personalities. Cartoonists even use specific devises to get their message across.

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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! Aug. 4 While We're Young Dramedy about a middle-aged couple whose lives are turned around when they meet a much younger couple. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star. Directed by Noah Baumbach. 97 minutes. 2015. R. Aug. 11  Dark Victory Classic tearjerker with the great Bette Davis as a wealthy woman with cancer. Also starring George Brent and Humphrey Bogart. Directed by Edmund Goulding.  106 minutes. 1939. NR  Aug. 18 

The Joy of Vegan Baking

Vegan Cookbooks for Everyone

Recipes for vegans, carnivores and everyone in between!

Calling all fruit and veggie lovers! These are the cookbooks for you. Whether you’re vegan or not, the cookbooks listed below are full of delicious, healthful recipes that are waiting for you to try out. If you’re new to being vegan, the books below will be a great way to start.

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