Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: learn more at 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 for more information on interim services.
Miles Davis

Jazz Film Series

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in the Black Studies Center!

Jazz it up this month and join us for three films in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month! Each film begins at 6:00 PM on Mondays in the Black Studies Center. April 13: Santana, Hymns for Peace: Live in Montreaux 2004 April 20: Sonny Rollins: Live '65 & '68 April 27: MIles Davis: That's What Happened: Live in Germany 1987 and Dizzy Gillespie: Dream Band Jazz America 1982  

A. Peter Bailey

A. Peter Bailey returns to the Black Studies Center!

Personal Reflections of Dr. King as remembered by a Malcolmite

Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a dynamic discussion on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Mr. A. Peter Bailey, journalist and self-described, Malcomite. Bailey, a personal associate of Malcolm X and the author of Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, The Master Teacher: A Memoir promises to bring a radical perspective to a familiar topic. A veteran journalist and participant in the civil rights movement, Bailey was also present at the March on Washington in 1963. 

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Writer's Peer Shares

Get closer to your vision by using peer critiques

Working on something, but you're stuck? Want some feedback from someone other than family or friends?  In April, members of the Aspiring Writers Circle will meet and share their work for comments by their peers. You must be a member to participate but joining is easy.  Just attend our membership meeting on Tuesday, April 14 in the Digital Commons and sign up!

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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! April 7 Unbroken Angelina Jolie is the director and Joel and Ethan Coen are among the  screenwriters of this harrowing tale of pain and torture in a Japanese POW camp in WWII. Based on Laura Hillenbrand's biography of  World War II hero Louis Zamperini.  137 minutes. 2014. PG-13.

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Movie of the Month

Robin Williams in 'Dead Poets Society'

On April 28, at 6 p.m., join us for our Movie of the Month, Dead Poets Society, in celebration of National Poetry Month.  The "up the academy" tone of this award-winner has earned it a special niche in Hollywood history.   Peter Weir directed the film from a screenplay by Tom Schulman.  Starring Robin Williams as a teacher using poetry to champion creativity and free expression, it is based on the screenwriter's own prep school experiences.

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Grand Poetry Salon: One Night Only

Celebrate National Poetry Month at this Special Event!

April is National Poetry Month. Come celebrate it at this "One Night Only" event. Calling all poets!  Come take the mike and take the room, as you join a community of poets sharing their work at your favorite downtown library for one night only. On Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m. local poets will gather in Room A-5 to share their work.  You could be one of them! Attendance is open to all, but participants must register online at:

The Spectacular Now

Realistic Young Adult Fiction

With a Dose of Grit

If you like your books to be anchored in reality, with authentic characters and believable plots, these are the books for you. Characters’ decisions and actions will be easy to relate to, because they are things that can -- and have -- happened.

Coup Sauvage and the Snips

The Library Basement Show

Bands' Book Picks

Musicians - they make great music and write powerful lyrics. Ever wonder if it’s because of reading striking and influential books? We asked the bands playing the April 2 Library Basement Show: What book changed your life after you read it?

Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Celebrations at Smithsonian's American Art Museum

Culture, arts and entertainment

Rich cultural experiences and celebrations abound in Washington, D.C.! All you have to do to join in on the fun is step outside your door and take advantage of these free events!

New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band by Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Open Your Ears to Musical Treasures

Listen to music newly added to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington added a number of new recordings to the National Recording Registry. Every year, the Librarian of Congress is charged with picking 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."