Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

When Hans met Daysi

When Hans Met Daysi

Hans Kindler's bust gets a cleaning!

Hans Kindler, the conductor and founder of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1931 to 1949, donated his extensive orchestral score collection to the DC Public Library. Today, local and area orchestras can check out music for their upcoming concerts, relieving a bit of the financial stress of running a local arts organization. 

Image from BiPolarized film.  Closeup photo of man's face looking upwards surrounded by dark sky and cityscape looks like it is moving around the man.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

Films by and about people with disabilities

DC Public Library proudly screens four films from the Fourth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival.  Watch entertaining and evocative films that will challenge concepts and/or assumptions about disability, regardless of race, religion, or geography. Bipolarized Monday, April 27, 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Circulation desk, Central Library

History of DC Public Library now in Dig DC

Access digitized photographs from the DC Public Library Archives

Happy National Library Week!


Teen Kick Back: It Gets Better

Wednesday, June 10, 4 p.m.

Kick back with us in Teen Space and celebrate Pride Month by watching videos from It Gets Better, a project to show lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth that it does get better, and to inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.  Ages 13-19. Also be sure to check out our collection of titles for LGBTQ youth:

Dream Boy

'Dream Boy'

by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenburg

Sometimes during your life, the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. In Annabelle’s case, the line has completely vanished. Her dreams have become so vivid that she can't tell if she's dreaming or if she's awake. Lately, she’s been dreaming of the perfect boy who gives her the perfect kiss. He haunts her waking thoughts and she draws sketches of him constantly.   

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!

Unbroken DVD Cover.

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.

Dead Poets Society movie poster.

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.