Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Rock the Bauhaus

Celebrating MLK Main Library's Reopening

MLK Memorial Library is a unique and beautiful building, but why does it look the way it does? Join Allie from the Creative Labs in learning about Bauhaus and how a German design principle helped build our library’s main branch. You can try your hand at designing a Bauhaus-inspired object too! Check out the video on YouTube here.

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Contemporary Central European Literature

Writing from the Lands Between

Central European writers created some of the most distinctive prose and poetry of the 20th century. Kafka, Sienkowicz, Kundera, Andrić, Musil and others masterfully employed irony, gallows humor, and the anti-heroic “view from below” in their examinations of modern bureaucracy, ill-treatment by historical forces, and the weight of memory. This list provides suggestions for readings from their 21st-century literary heirs (loosely conceived) – writers born in a mutilated world that demands both praise and lament.

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DC Family Reads Kicks-Off with New Kid by Jerry Craft

Get Psyched for Summer Challenge!

DC Family Reads is a new DC Public Library literacy program that compliments DC Reads, a program for adults and teens. DC Family Reads will include books that a family can enjoy reading, discussing and doing related activities together.

A right to the city

A Right to the City - Chinatown

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are highlighting the history of the Chinatown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. brought to us by our partners at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum (SIACM). For the past year, we have hosted pop-up versions of the Museum's exhibition "A Right to the City" focusing on neighborhood change in six Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, including Chinatown. 

Washingtoniana Interim Location Permanently Closed

The temporary Washingtoniana location in Van Ness has closed permanently as we return to the newly modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  The Library will open on Sept. 24, 2020 and we’re excited to reopen in a beautiful, expanded space with more than 50 newly processed archival collections, increased reference resources and engaging public events that support our mission to connect communities to our collections.   New archival collections include:

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The DC Punk Archive Turns 5!

The DC Punk Archive turns 5 this year!

Oral History Collaborative

Buzzard Point Oral History Project

The Buzzard Point Oral History Project is now available on Dig DC, our web portal for selected digitized and born-digital items from DC Public Library Special Collections. 

Preservation in Action

Preservation in Action 2019

In late June, the American Library Association's Annual Conference & Exhibition took place here in Washington, DC. Librarians from all over came to hear speakers present, learn from each other, and explore the city and its library services.

Pride Day Article from the 1975 edition of the Washington Blade

June is Pride Month

Pride Month Happenings in Special Collections

Under-Uprising: Stonewall 50 at Dupont Underground

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Shake it up! : Stay Home & STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: Acorns, pebbles, or marbles (warning: choking hazard) Tupperware container with well-fitting lid Washable Paint Pieces of blank scratch paper What to do:

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