Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

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The DC Punk Archive Turns 5!

The DC Punk Archive turns 5 this year!

Oral History Collaborative

Buzzard Point Oral History Project

The Buzzard Point Oral History Project is now available on Dig DC, our web portal for selected digitized and born-digital items from DC Public Library Special Collections. 

Preservation in Action

Preservation in Action 2019

In late June, the American Library Association's Annual Conference & Exhibition took place here in Washington, DC. Librarians from all over came to hear speakers present, learn from each other, and explore the city and its library services.

Pride Day Article from the 1975 edition of the Washington Blade

June is Pride Month

Pride Month Happenings in Special Collections

Under-Uprising: Stonewall 50 at Dupont Underground

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Shake it up! : Stay Home & STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: Acorns, pebbles, or marbles (warning: choking hazard) Tupperware container with well-fitting lid Washable Paint Pieces of blank scratch paper What to do:

Word "Sing" above image of cartoon owl holding baby owl shaking maraca in front of  Martin Luther King Library

Hand Washing Song Break: Stay Home and STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

If you enjoy story time, you may already have some favorite fingerplay songs to help your child sing and develop their fine motor skills together. More than ever, thorough hand washing is important for everyone in the family. Build hand washing into your routine and keep even your young children washing for the whole recommended 20 seconds by singing these fingerplay songs together while washing hands. You'll continue to encourage good hygiene habits, boost their vocabulary and enjoy a story time activity at home.

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Sticky Wall: Stay Home & STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: Contact paper or tape (packing tape is best) Masking or scotch tape Lightweight items to stick on (Yarn, cotton balls, tissue paper, plastic buttons, aluminum foil) Optional: a permanent marker for an adult to draw shapes on tape What to do:

Plastic Tub with legos and shaker eggs

Washing Station: Stay Home and STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed: A non-breakable baking dish or large tupperware container Water Dish Soap Sponges, toothbrushes, or wash rags  Plastic toys   What to do: Make sure you do this on a surface that can get wet, or put down a towel underneath your container 

MLK Library

Interim Location Closing

The Washingtoniana interim location will be closed as of Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in preparation for the move back to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Cover of the book The Runners Field Manual

Running and Runners

Books for and about runners

Are you an aspiring runner in need of guidance? An occasional jogger who sometimes needs a push to get out the door and onto the road or trail? Or a dedicated veteran runner who wants a little inspiration? The books below provide advice on equipment, running technique, training programs and tales of runners whose performances have made the sport what it is today.