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.
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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.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Read This NOT That!

Episode 5: Adult Fables

Anal-living parasites, a first date with a War Lord, a comedy roast of Nelson Mandela. These are just some of the things Anne and TaChalla talk about in the latest episode of Read This NOT That! 

Fruitvale Station

Black Studies Film Festival

Afternoon movies in the Black Studies Center

Please join us for the first annual Black Studies Center Film Festival! All films will take place on Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. in the Black Studies Center starting on Jan. 14. Here is the exciting and thought-provoking lineup: Jan. 14: MLK: A Call To Conscience Jan. 21: Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings Jan. 28: Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi, Is this America? Feb. 4: Do the Right Thing

Turn the page on NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo Editing Swap

Get your work one step closer to publication!

It's time for all your bullet sweating, pencil chewing, and page stacking to come to an end. And a new beginning. Nothing beats a keen eye and a clean draft to whip a manuscript into shape. Join us at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Monday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in Room 207.  There you will share your manuscript with a like-minded writer who will edit your work.  In turn, they will share theirs to be edited as well.  Staff will make a record of the swap and provide reference materials for the job at hand. 

Collective Voices

Poetry Extravaganza 2015 featuring Collective Voices

19th Annual Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please join Collective Voices on Saturday, Jan. 17 in the Great Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the 19th Annual Poetry Extravaganza honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to Collective Voices, this event will feature youth poets, the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, The Sacred Dance Ensemble, and many others.  For all ages!

Instant DCPL

7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.

Wellcome colored engraving of the Gemini.

Do You Have a Literary Twin?

Take this test to find out!

Here's a fun exercise: What character in literature is most like you? Alter ego or doppelganger, you might be surprised to learn the answer. Or, it just might explain your particular reading taste. Many thanks to the folks at Kobo for providing this fun and classy holiday diversion. Who is Your Literary Alter Ego?  Click here to take the test.