Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

William R. Martin

Is Stand Your Ground Law a Great Idea Today?

 The July 13, 2013 jury acquittal of George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin renewed a national debate.  

Lost in the City book cover

Celebrating Washington's Neighborhoods

Reading 'Lost in the City,' by Edward P. Jones

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 26 for a lunchtime book discussion of Lost in the City by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.  Set in Washington and written by a native Washingtonian, these stories reveal D.C. as more than just a city of monuments, but a town filled with living, breathing, and imperfect human beings. The book, the author's first, won two major literary awards.

Reading ballet books!

Library Takeout at Smithsonian's American Art Museum

With 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and the Washington Ballet

Washington, D.C. is an amazing city for discovering art, music and literature -- all for free. The DC Public Library has begun Library Takeout at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard.

Lifelong Learning

Meet, Learn, Know at MLK

Online Resource Courses

Meet, Learn, Know is a seasonal course for library users who want to learn about DC Public Library’s extensive database collection and other online resources. Let DC Public Library librarians guide you through each class and show you how to access and use valuable online tools. The course for Spring 2015 is “Lifelong Learning." We'll focus on:

DC Legendary Musicians

D.C. Legendary Musicians celebrate U Street!

A celebration of legendary Washington, D.C. musicians and the historic U Street corridor

Come and celebrate the rich musical heritage of Washington, D.C. and its famed U Street corridor with the D.C. Legendary Musicians on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall! This musical and dramatic tribute to D.C.'s finest musicians will feature performances by legendary D.C. musicians Memphis Gold, Jimi Smooth, Mark Preston, Greg Gaskins, and more. There will also be an audio and visual presentation of the U Street Oral History Project. This is an exciting event for the whole family!

valentines candy

Family Fun Time: Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m.

Love is in the air at the MLK Library! Celebrate this Valentine's Day with stories, games and crafts that will warm your heart on even the coldest of days.  Looking for a new title to fall in love with this Valentine's Day? Check out these lovable children's titles: Consider Love by Sandra Boynton


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Programs

Ways to close the under-representation gap

According to the July 2014 issue of the American Society for Engineering Education, African Americans earned only 2.4 percent of all bachelor degrees awarded in engineering and lag behind White Americans in science, technology and mathematics (STEM). What are some of the challenges and solutions to under-representation in STEM programs? In recognition of African American History Month, the Honorable Charles F. Bolden Jr. will provide a lecture on the topic.

Movie poster for Get on Up

Don't Miss the 26th Annual Black Film Festival

See a Double Feature every week!

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our popular annual film festival. The 26th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films. Our Tuesday Night Movies series is on hiatus and will return in March. Feb. 3   Get On Up Biographical story of the life of James Brown. Starring Chadwick Boseman, directed by Tate Taylor. 139 minutes. 2014. PG-13 (plus short film Almos’ a Man).

Shifu Book Cover

Check It or Leave It?

Episode 11: Shifu, You'll Do Anything For a Laugh

Horn Dog. Bed Sheets Factory. Communist. Jay-Z.

Painting by C.R. Wells of the Jackson Family Art Show

The Jackson Family Art Show featured for Black History Month!

The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generations of greatness in art. The family will visit libraries accross the District to celebrate Black History Month with exhibits and hands-on art demonstrations.  The show will visit:  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Rosedale Library on Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. Parklands-Turner Library on Feb. 21, 2 p.m.