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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STEAM Team: Card Games Using Math

Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Do you like playing games and want to practice your math skills in a fun way?  If so, please join the STEAM Team on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room (Room 200). STEAM is a framework for learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  

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Books and Music

Episode 2: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store

Woo-Hoo! Episode 2 is finally here!  This episode's pick is a lot less gory and much more upbeat. A book for book lovers, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, will warm the cockles of your heart.The Story:

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'The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books'

An evening with author Azar Nafisi

Please join us in the Great Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. for a very special evening with Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, as she shares her latest work, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. 

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Movember at the Library

Celebrate the work to change the face of men's health

This month, as you walked the halls of your favorite downtown library, you may have done a double take.  Many familiar faces of our hardworking staff were clean shaven in anticipation of the hair to come.   Although pictured here earlier this month, they look a bit fuzzier now, and for a good cause. 


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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!

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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.