Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Takeout service available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Closed from 2 - 3 p.m.every day for sanitizing.
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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.  

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6th Annual Moving Forward Together Secondary Transition Community Fair & Forum

This two-day event will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. All DC Schools - DCPS, Charter, & Non-publics - serving DC students with IEPs, 504 Plans, and disabilities are invited to bring their students to prepare for the future and prepare for a successful transition into employment, post-secondary education, and independence. On Friday, Oct. 24, activities scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. include: Performing arts session with music and dance

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Scary Stories to Read After Dark

Horror stories to add to your Halloween reads

I've never been a big horror fan. Horror movies? No thanks. Haunted houses? Yeah right. Ghost tours of abandonded anythings. That's cute. Japanese Horror Movies? 100 percent never no way. Scary stories? Yes, OK, sounds great, sign me up. 

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Punk Rocktober Continues

Celebrate the DC Punk Archive!

The new DC Punk Archive is now a reality!

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Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren

Meet the Authors Gina A. Oliva and Linda R. Lytle

 Meet the authors! Gina A. Oliva and Linda R. Lytle discuss and sign copies of their book,Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. in Room A-5. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr, Memorial Library  

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Check It or Leave it?

Episode 9: Paul is Undead: A British Zombie Invasion

This episode is for the zombie-lovers! Peter and TaChalla were in disagreement on this episode's pick, so they invited zombie specialist, Professor Undead, to discuss Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher. They may need another opinion on this.

Here's Our Gourd Goose!

Family Fun Time

Featuring Fall


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Dig DC Is Here!

DC Public Library's NEW web portal to materials from Special Collections

Dig DC is DC Public Library's NEW web portal to digitized and born-digital materials from the Library’s Special Collections.  The web portal will make it much easier for D.C. residents to access all the amazing archives and resources that we have at the MLK Library: From ephemera that will be digitally preserved to priceless photographs to some of our amazing maps of D.C., there's a ton of great stuff to explore.  

Meet the Makers: MakerPlaces in libraries, schools and beyond

Meet the Makers: MakerPlaces in Libraries, Schools and Beyond

A discussion on makerspaces in and outside of libraries

DC Public Library Foundation and DC Tech Meetup are proud to present a panel discussion, "Meet the Makers: MakerPlaces in Libraries, Schools and Beyond" on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Join us at Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Library for an open discussion about Makerspaces and what is happening both locally and nationally within the maker movement.

Vinyl LOVE

Smithsonian Folkway Recording

Whether you love cover art or love vinyl acoustic sounds, like me. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Public Library has a great selection of Smithsonian Folkways Vinyls. From Yoruba to Peruvian traditional sounds, these are one-of-a-kind recordings that you must listen to.If you're looking for these vinyls or just browsing, come to MLK Public Library, Room 207. Enjoy!