Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Martin Luther King at DC Parade

Celebrating "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" Podcast

Annual MLK Library tradition returns as a virtual event

Pictured: Martin Luther King, Jr. with his son, Martin Luther King III, and Walter Fauntroy on March 12, 1967 in a convertible at the start of a parade at Dunbar High School that ended at Cardozo High School. King was in D.C. to promote Fauntroy's MICCO program and Shaw neighborhood development.

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Bicycle Journeys

Recommended Reading from the Shelves of the DC Public Library

Outpedaling the Big C: My Healing Cycle across America by Elizabeth McGowan 

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More Than Words

A reading list by and about America's Veterans

DC Public Library is honoring Veterans all month. Read along with us as we discover the stories of Veterans and books about their experiences as they walk the battlefield and the streets of home. Fiction

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Morale Music: The War Years

DC Public Library has been honoring Veterans all month long with a variety of special events. The impact of music on the war weary at home and abroad is of special note. Through the years, American popular music has connected those serving overseas with memories of home and hope. Civilians back home often associated pop songs of a given era with life during wartime and family members fighting far from home. The music of three distinct eras had an emotional impact during a time of war. The Civil War

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Read Your Way Up

A bike ride visiting portabranch, kiosk and storefront library locations hosted as part of the 2018 DC History Conference

As part of the DC History Conference in 2018, DC Public Library hosted Read Your Way Up: a Bike Ride to Storefront, Portabranch and Kiosk library locations.

Rock the Bauhaus

Celebrating MLK Main Library's Reopening

MLK Memorial Library is a unique and beautiful building, but why does it look the way it does? Join Allie from the Creative Labs in learning about Bauhaus and how a German design principle helped build our library’s main branch. You can try your hand at designing a Bauhaus-inspired object too! Check out the video on YouTube here.

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Contemporary Central European Literature

Writing from the Lands Between

Central European writers created some of the most distinctive prose and poetry of the 20th century. Kafka, Sienkowicz, Kundera, Andrić, Musil and others masterfully employed irony, gallows humor, and the anti-heroic “view from below” in their examinations of modern bureaucracy, ill-treatment by historical forces, and the weight of memory. This list provides suggestions for readings from their 21st-century literary heirs (loosely conceived) – writers born in a mutilated world that demands both praise and lament.

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DC Family Reads Kicks-Off with New Kid by Jerry Craft

Get Psyched for Summer Challenge!

DC Family Reads is a new DC Public Library literacy program that compliments DC Reads, a program for adults and teens. DC Family Reads will include books that a family can enjoy reading, discussing and doing related activities together.

A right to the city

A Right to the City - Chinatown

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are highlighting the history of the Chinatown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. brought to us by our partners at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum (SIACM). For the past year, we have hosted pop-up versions of the Museum's exhibition "A Right to the City" focusing on neighborhood change in six Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, including Chinatown. 

Washingtoniana Interim Location Permanently Closed

The temporary Washingtoniana location in Van Ness has closed permanently as we return to the newly modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  The Library will open on Sept. 24, 2020 and we’re excited to reopen in a beautiful, expanded space with more than 50 newly processed archival collections, increased reference resources and engaging public events that support our mission to connect communities to our collections.   New archival collections include: