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.

Are You Ready to Write?

Join the Aspiring Writers Circle in "Pantser" Drills as we prepare for NaNoWriMo!

Tonight, in preparation for National Novel Writing Month (aka. NaNoWriMo) in November, we are starting a number of drills through the end of November to warm up those writing muscles!  These 20-minute drills are designed to include all writers, so if you are not working on the "next great American novel", you can still be a part of the action.

Adaptive Services Braille Literacy Class

Adaptive Services Division is accepting applications for their Braille literacy class on Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting August 9, 2014 – September 27, 2014.This class is for beginning braille users (All ages).

Karaoke Fun!

Get your singing voices ready! It's that time of the month. The Teen Space in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be hosting its monthly Karaoke Fun on August 13 at 5 p.m. Join us as we belt out the lyrics to our favorite tunes.

"The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro"

Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall

This talk should be fascinating to anyone interested in Metro, or in  the city itself, or more broadly, in how public transit decisions are made.   Besides all that, I’m expecting it to be very entertaining, because the book certainly is

Celebrate the Moomins at our Around the World Storytime

Author of Moomin and celebrated artist, Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world. The 9th of August would have been Tove’s 100th birthday and in celebration the Children’s Department at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library will have a special Moomin story time on Monday, August 11 at 11 a.m. 

"Three Parts Dead" by Max Gladstone

Tara's been kicked out of school-- literally. Managing to survive being thrown from the floating Hidden Schools through her Craft alone, she attempts to go back to her childhood home and resume her old life of plowing and tending sheep.

From Ryder to Rothko

The Quest for the Best American Art

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Read This NOT That!

Episode 2: The Hunger Games v. Battle Royale

The wait is over! Your favorite librarians, Anne and TaChalla, are back with episode 2 of Read This NOT That! And this time it's edgier than before.

Science in the Summer: Exploring the Living World

On July 26 and August 2, budding biologists in grades two through six asked and answered lots of questions about the living (and non-living) world, and about science in general: what is a hypothesis? What do you need to make an observation? Is water a living thing? What are living things composed of?