Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: learn more at dclibrary.org/mlkfuture. 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 dclibrary.org/mlkinterim for more information on interim services.
Author Matt de la Pena

Author Event: Matt de la Peña

Friday, June 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Young adult Author and Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña will speak in the Great Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3.

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Social Justice & Equal Rights for the LGBTQ Community in the District: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday June 1 at 6:30 p.m.

What challenges did the LGBTQ community face in the District in their struggle for recognition in the past? What legal protections does this community enjoy now? What are the current struggles for recognition and justice being faced by them now and where will the struggle for equal rights and social justice take the LGBTQ community next? Join us for a thought-provoking discussion featuring some of the city’s LGBTQ champions:   K. Travis Ballie - Lead Organizer at NARAL Pro-Choice America; The DC Center for the LGBT Community

Videotapes

Digitizing Home Video

D.I.Y. at Home or at the Memory Lab

When I learned that DCPL was setting up a lab to transfer VHS videotapes to digital format, I had to try it. At home, we had not watched our home movies in years. I wanted to get my videos to a place where my family could watch and share them. I had started a digitizing project about a year ago and stalled. I needed a jump start and was curious to see how the library’s method compared to what I was doing at home.At Home

Red Cross Parade, May 18, 1918 - DC Public Library Special Collections, Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection

Explore Turn-of-the-Century Washington in Dig DC

700+ historic photos added to the Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection

Over 700 historical photo-postcards by Willard R. Ross have been added to Dig DC, DC Public Library's home for digitized archival materials.  The Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection now includes 1,100 images of Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas from the 1910s to 1930s.

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Tuesday Night Movies

A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5.

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies! May 3 Ride Along 2 Ice Cube and Kevin Hart return, this time taking their war on drugs to Miami. Tika Sumpter also stars in this action-filled comedy. Directed by Tim Story.  102 minutes.  2016.  PG-13 May 10  Purple Rain

Quicksilver Times

Unicorn Times and Quicksilver Times Digitized

Two Historical Independent Cultural Newspapers Now in Dig DC

DC Public Library's collections of the independent newspapers Unicorn Times and Quicksilver Times have been digitized and are now available in Dig DC.  Together, these two publications are a rich resource for researching the political, cultural and musical underground of Washington, D.C. from 1970 to 1985.

Marcelo in the Real World

On the Spectrum

Teen Reads Featuring Protagonists with ASD

These five books feature protagonists on the autism spectrum.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Reading about autistic characters will foster acceptance and help teens understand and value the experience of their friends with autism. The stories demonstrate the similarities between people on the spectrum and typically developing teens, while portraying autistic characters in a positive light and remaining true to experience.

We the Drowned, by Carsten Jensen

Where's the Family Tree?

Family Saga Novels from Around the World

Looking for a nice long book to curl up with where you can get lost in the story of a family and the circumstances that surround them? The kind that makes you feel sad when you’ve come to the end? Maybe learn a little bit about a foreign country and its history in the bargain? Look no further. Below, in no particular order, are five novels from five authors whose love for their countries and their histories comes through in the wonderful family narratives they penned.

Join the Oral History Edit-athon!

Bring oral histories to life

Dive into the history of our city and revive decades' worth of oral histories from the Library's Special Collections in this unique three-hour workshop on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. You'll learn the basics of working with oral histories while cutting a raw interview from the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Oral History Project into a short, engaging piece to share with the whole world. 

Meet the Artists: DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show

The Official Q & A

In preparation for the upcoming DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show with local bands Foul Swoops, Thaylobleu and Mission Creep, we asked the musicians a few questions about their literary habits and local music haunts. Check out your favorite bands' favorite books below:

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