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.

Audio Storytelling Workshop

July Registration Still Open!

Registration for the July sessions of the popular Audio Storytelling Workshop, which is a four-part course, is still open.  Now is your chance, if you have been considering trying this unique podcasting course.Students will meet on the first four Thursdays in July at 6:30 p.m in the Digital Commons. The goal of the course is to teach the basics of audio storytelling. 

National Poetry Month at MLK

Come see our interactive display and try your hand at making poetry!

National Poetry Month began in 1996 when the Academy of American Poets wanted to raise awareness and celebrate the past and present of poetry in the United States. Now it takes place every April, and this year at MLK we’re celebrating the diversity of American poets writing right now.

Support Teen Literature Day

Happy National Library Week! April 17 is "Support Teen Literature Day," which, in the words of the American Library Association (ALA), raises "awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens."

A Family Karaoke How-To

We had a ton of fun at our kids' karaoke event at the MLK Library on April 13, though you don't have to wait for a library event to break out into song. Why not have a family karaoke night at home? It's simple to plan, fun for all ages, and doesn't have to break the bank.

It's Jazz Appreciation Month!

50th Anniversary of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s seminal album, A Lov

Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel

 Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper to create new forms and structures, most commonly resembling animals.  It is a craft that I sometimes teach during our Manga Club, STEAM Team and

'Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing' Schoolchildren

Author Talk

This event has been postponed until fall 2014. Stay tuned for the new date. We look forward to having you join us.

Prom Expo Wrap-Up Part 1

DC Public Library has just had our Prom Expo on Saturday April 5 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Teen Space. Expect to see some pictures and highlights of the Expo up soon.  But in the meantime, if you need help preparing for your prom, school dance, or other social event, we have plenty of resources available to you. 

Mixing Vocals 101

Mixing Vocals

Teens, come to Teen Space and learn:How vocals fit in a mixHow to add lead vocals, and background vocalsAbout vocal dynamics (clipping and vocal balance)Microphone usageHow to monitor

Celebrating Caldecott Winners

A Family Fun Time Storytime

Beginning in 1937, the ALA (American Library Association) began awarding the prestigious Caldecott medal to the illustrator of America's "most distinguished picture book for children." The medal gets its name from Randolph Caldecott, an influential 19th century English illustrator.