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.

The Day Lincoln Was Almost Shot: The Fort Stevens Story

As part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the Battle of Fort Stevens join nationally-known military historian and authority on the Defenses of Washington, Dr. Ben F. Cooling, for an engaging presentation and discussion of his new book on the famous battle. 

Check It or Leave It?

Episode 6: When the Killing Starts

It's your favorite book club again. This time with a special guest, Detective Hugh Dunnit! Join Peter, TaChalla, and a former librarian turned detective as we investigative the mystery novel, When the Killing Starts  by Ted Wood.

Happy Holidays

Fireworks make us loud and proud, but Independence Day is just one of the many holidays we can celebrate in July.  Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below, and see if they make as a big a BOOM in your life as the fireworks on the Fourth. July 1-31 – Cell Phone Courtesy MonthJuly 1-31 – International Zine Month

“Let Us Close the Springs of Racial Poison:” The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Photo Exhibit

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage and signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, one of the most iconic symbols of the struggle for democracy, equality, and justice, the Special Collections Department of the DC Public Library is proud to present a photograph exhibit "Let Us Close the Springs of Racial Poison: The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act." 

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?"