Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) will begin on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please refer to for more information on interim services.

Family Fun Time: Pajama Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's Children's Department hosted a pajama party on Saturday, June 21 as part of its Family Fun Time series, a weekly event that incorporates storytime with activities and crafts.A group of eager, pajama-clad little ones joined us for lots of pajama stories (like these):

The Soul Searchers 1968-1978: A Decade of Memories

Please join us in the Black Studies Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, July 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a book talk with Lloyd Pinchback, Go-Go musician and author of The Soul Searchers 1968-1978: A Decade of Memories.Learn about the early years of the band that dominated DC's music scene for over 30 years. Autographed copies will be available for sale.

Audio Storytelling: Reflecting

DC History from the Seat of a Bus


Baltimore's Deaf Heritage

  Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage  with  Kathleen (Kat) Brockway Deaf rights advocate and author of  Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage (Arcadian Publishing, June 2014)  Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6 –  8:30 p.m.  Room A-10 

The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children: The First Teacher of the Deaf in the Philippines

The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children Delia Delight Rice was the first teacher of the deaf in the Philippines and her story is told by one of her adopted children, who is an author, a photographer, and a deaf community leader Ronald M. Hirano Monday, July 14, 2014 6 – 8 p.m. Room 215 (Adaptive Services Division) 

Brian K. Vaughan's "Saga" (Vol. 1)

"What kind of ***holes bring a kid into worlds like these?"

Read This NOT That!

Episode 1: Eat, Pray, Love v. Wild

Traveling around the world is enticing, but hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, alone, with just your thoughts and a bag full of condoms? Now that's a story.Join Anne and TaChalla in DCPL's soon to be favorite book club, Read This NOT That! Anne and TaChalla read books that they (and others) consider to be overrated and offer you some much better alternatives. This episode, Anne and TaChalla discuss Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. 

Vote for the 3D Print of the Week!

VOTING HAS CLOSED! Find out which print won tomorrow on our live stream!

Chat Live with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation Architects

Watch the Entire Discussion

On Thursday, July 10 the DC Public Library held an online panel discussion exploring the design of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation.

Come Join the Knitty Gritty Committee!

Come in out of the heat this July and learn how to make a beverage cozy for your favorite ice cold (or hot) drink of choice. They can be knitted or crocheted and make quick last minute gifts. Watch as an extremely simple pattern can be transformed with a little bit of seaming and duplicate stitch.