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.

'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.

WOW! Palindrome Fun

A Spring Break event for kids on Monday, April 14 at 3 p.m.

What do these phrases have in common?Niagara, o roar again!Too bad I hid a boot.Eva, can I see bees in a cave?Ma is as selfless as I am.They are all palindromes! Palindromes are words, phrases, numbers, or other sequences that read the same forwards and backwards.  

Check It or Leave It?

Episode 2: 'Star Griffin'

In this episode Peter and TaChalla delve into the world of science fiction with Star Griffin, a sci-fi novel by Michael Kurland

Get Up and Dance!

Family Fun Time

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has dance fever! On Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m., the Children's Department at MLK Library will host a special Family Fun Time filled with dancing, stories and crafts to get your feet moving and creativity flowing!

Author Talk with Garrett Peck

'Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.'

Join author and beer scholar Garrett Peck as he taps the history of brewing in the nation's capital and introduces the new brewers leading D.C.'s recent craft beer revival. This event is co-sponsored by DC Public Library's Special Collections Department and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Roar Like a Lion!

The Benefits of a Participatory Storytime

In August 2013, librarian Nell Colburn wrote in her School Library Journal article, "Secrets of Storytime: 10 Tips for Great Sessions from a 40-Year Pro," "The best story times are those in which adults are fully engaged -- shaking out their wiggles, clapping, singing, dancing, and encouraging kids as they interact with the books."

Holidays Off The Beaten Path

April showers bring May flowers … April showers bring May flowers …Repeat this 100 times a day, and you may get through this damp and messy month.But in the meantime, check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information: April 1 – National Fun at Work DayApril 1-30 – Library Snapshot Day