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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“I didn’t realize how important it is to sing, talk and read to your newborn until I attended a Sing Talk and Read workshop while pregnant. Now I tell other mothers start even before their babies are born."  

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Check It or Leave it?

Special Edition

In this very special episode of Check It or Leave It?, Peter and TaChalla tackle an entire shelf of books from the Popular Library. Ranging from dense historical fiction to steamy romance reads, these 12 random titles have nothing more in common than the fact that the Dewey Decimal system has placed them on the same shelf. How many of these books will get the Ding of Approval or the Buzz of Shame?There is only one way to find out!

Flier for a concert featuring Government Issue and The Mob March

Your Daily Dose of Punk

A Fugazi demo, a radio show and cool archives

With D.C. buzzing about Fugazi's "First Demo," we've assembled a few essential online reads and listens, whether you're a longtime fan or completely clueless about the punk scene. 1. Read: Leor Galil of The Washington Post writes about punk legends Fugazi, and the demo that started it all.

Clerc-Gallaudet Week

Clerc-Gallaudet Week

Celebrating the Diversity of the Deaf Community with the Arts

In celebration of Clerc-Gallaudet Week, Dec. 3 - 10, the Center for Accessibility presents "Celebrating the Diversity of the Deaf Community with the Arts" with: Art                                         Tracey Salaway, Professor of Art and Interim Program Director, Art and Media Design, Gallaudet University

My First Wikipedia Edit

My First Wikipedia Edit

Learn the basics of contributing to Wikipedia articles

Ever wondered how Wikipedia articles are created? Ever come across a bare-bones article and wished you knew how to add some info?

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

(The Raven Cycle, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Stiefvater's ability to bring us back to the story so quickly is much appreciated since so much developed in book two, and the wait was so long for book three. With an additional book to go in this series, don't expect too much resolution yet. We are introduced to a few new characters that we have only heard about and there are some major plot developments. 

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids

Family Fun Time: Stained Glass

Using geometric concepts to create art!

Using basic geometric principles and concepts families will be able to design and create their own "stained glass" works of art with tissue paper. Using images and inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright, families can see how shapes and symmetry are the guidelines for design and execution.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hosts Family Fun Time every Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Children's Department. These programs are designed for all ages.

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Read This NOT That!

Episode 4: Special Edition

This episode is a little different.

John Muller of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Research Blogs for Aspiring Writers

A successful writer shares the how and why of a research blog

A NaNoWriMo Event! Have you been planning to write that great American novel, but find that you are always losing track of your notes? Help is on the way.  On Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., a successful writer will demonstrate how to create a research blog and discuss its uses for the aspiring writer. Use of Google tools for file organization and manuscript development will also be addressed. 

Sign Up for September's Digital Audio Storytelling Workshop

Class begins Sept. 2!

Learn the basics of audio storytelling! The workshop will consist of two one-hour classes meeting once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Digital Commons.  We encourage every student to come to each class, as the information will be cumulative. By the end of the course, every participant will produce a short piece to share with the DC Public Library community. Week One - Wednesday, Sept. 2: Interviewing Basics