Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) will begin on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please refer to for more information on interim services.
DC Legendary Musicians

D.C. Legendary Musicians celebrate U Street!

A celebration of legendary Washington, D.C. musicians and the historic U Street corridor

Come and celebrate the rich musical heritage of Washington, D.C. and its famed U Street corridor with the D.C. Legendary Musicians on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall! This musical and dramatic tribute to D.C.'s finest musicians will feature performances by legendary D.C. musicians Memphis Gold, Jimi Smooth, Mark Preston, Greg Gaskins, and more. There will also be an audio and visual presentation of the U Street Oral History Project. This is an exciting event for the whole family!

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Family Fun Time: Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m.

Love is in the air at the MLK Library! Celebrate this Valentine's Day with stories, games and crafts that will warm your heart on even the coldest of days.  Looking for a new title to fall in love with this Valentine's Day? Check out these lovable children's titles: Consider Love by Sandra Boynton


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Programs

Ways to close the under-representation gap

According to the July 2014 issue of the American Society for Engineering Education, African Americans earned only 2.4 percent of all bachelor degrees awarded in engineering and lag behind White Americans in science, technology and mathematics (STEM). What are some of the challenges and solutions to under-representation in STEM programs? In recognition of African American History Month, the Honorable Charles F. Bolden Jr. will provide a lecture on the topic.

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Don't Miss the 26th Annual Black Film Festival

See a Double Feature every week!

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our popular annual film festival. The 26th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films. Our Tuesday Night Movies series is on hiatus and will return in March. Feb. 3  Get On Up Biographical story of the life of James Brown. Starring Chadwick Boseman, directed by Tate Taylor. 139 minutes. 2014. PG-13 (plus short film Almos’ a Man).

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Check It or Leave It?

Episode 11: Shifu, You'll Do Anything For a Laugh

Horn Dog. Bed Sheets Factory. Communist. Jay-Z.

Painting by C.R. Wells of the Jackson Family Art Show

The Jackson Family Art Show featured for Black History Month!

The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generations of greatness in art. The family will visit libraries accross the District to celebrate Black History Month with exhibits and hands-on art demonstrations. The show will visit:  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Rosedale Library on Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. Parklands-Turner Library on Feb. 21, 2 p.m.

Make bookmarks for literacy

Family Fun Time: Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m.

Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan / Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter is a children's picture book that beautifully tells the true stories of two children from Pakistan who faced barriers to education and how they fought to overcome them.

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Books & Music

Episode 3: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

It's time to expand music palate, again! This episode brings you music inspired by One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  by B.J. Novak. The Story


STEAM Team: Making Noise

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m.

Ever wondered how sound works? Explore the world of sound with an experiment using common household items. Then make more noise with the crafty kazoos we'll be making and decorating ourselves. Ages 6-12. Want to try your own experiments at home? Check out these great books for ideas: Experiments With Sound and Hearing by Chris Woodford

Two Brothers: Dared To Dream

A.D. and M.L. King: Two Brothers Who Dared To Dream

Author talk with Naomi Ruth Barber King

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. for a special event featuring Naomi Ruth Barber King, sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mrs. King will discuss her book, A.D. and M.L. King: Two Brothers Who Dared To Dream. Books will be available for purchase.