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.
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.

DCPL Podcasts

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

MLK Memorial Library Building Program Released

Explains the post-renovation spaces, programs and services

DC Public Library and the architect team from Martinez + Johnson/Mecanoo recently released the draft library building program for the renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. A “library building program” describes the types of spaces in the renovated building, approximate square footage allocated for each space, and the programs and services offered in each space.

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature Writing Competition

"How did an author’s work change your view of the world and yourself?”  Participate in this year’s Letters About Literature writing competition to answer that question. Students, grades 4 – 12, write a letter to an author of a work that left a lasting impression to explain how their views were changed by the work.

Enabled by Design-athon: DC Edition by United Cerebral Palsy Life Labs Logo

Enabled by Design-athon: DC Edition

Kick-off with United Cerebral Palsy Life Labs Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

We are proud to host the kick-off on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for United Cerebral Palsy’s Life Labs 2014 DC Enabled by Design-athon, a two-day ideas and prototyping-fest to transform the lives of people with a disability.

Neil Young's Fork in the Road for voice, piano and guitar

New Sheet Music at the Library

Check out some new items for our sheet music collection!

Raise your hand if you know it's possible to check out sheet music from the DC Public Library! This week we have received freshly cataloged music for voice and piano. Some worthy titles include: Neil Young’s Fork in the Road for voice, piano and guitar.

The Family Book by Todd Parr book cover

Family Fun Time

Learning about your family

Do you know if you have cousins? Do you have aunts and uncles that live far away? Do your parents remember their grandparents? Learning about your family is called genealogy. Take time to ask questions and start to track your own family tree! Want to read more about families? Check out these titles:

NaNoWriMo Come Write In logo

NaNoWriMo Meetup!

Get your National Novel Writing Month off to a good start

Cross this one off your list: Get ready for National Novel Writing Month in November. Join other aspiring writers on Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Digital Commons, as we begin stacking pages of our manuscripts.  You can do this, and you are not alone! (Drop by after you vote, or vote in the Great Hall.) Visit for more information about writing events at your favorite downtown library.