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.


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A Movie for Adult Fans of Mary Poppins!

Tuesday, April 1, at 6 p.m., Room A-5

Did you read the Mary Poppins books as a child, or maybe to your own children as an adult? Or maybe you just loved the movie--with Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews, what's not to like? Then there's just plain curiosity as to how a movie musical gets made in the first place. 

Robot Making

A STEAM Team Program

Every Friday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room hosts a STEAM Team program for children aged 6-12 at 4 p.m. STEAM is a framework for learning based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  

'I Have All the Yarn I Need'

-- Said no knitter ever

Knitters and crocheters know that there is no such thing as too much yarn, but we also know that it can be an expensive addiction, er, habit. Come to the Knitty Gritty Committee's first-ever yarn swap, and we'll trade stashes, needles, notions and other fiber artsy supplies. You could go home with the makings of a new project for free! 

Film Screening

'Preservation of the Sign Language' (1913)

George W. Veditz' historic 1913 film Preservation of the Sign Language, a silent film, will be shown on Monday, April 7 in the Great Hall.The film is in American Sign Language with no voice or captions. 

Audio Storytelling Workshop

Now a recurring Digital Commons course!

Back by popular demand, what had begun as a trial course in Audio Storytelling is now an ongoing, four-part course for the foreseeable future. Beginning in April, students will meet on the first four Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m in the Digital Commons. The goal of this course is to teach the basics of audio storytelling. 

Meet Author Audrey Chin

Wednesday night I had the great opportunity to attend a reception at the Embassy of Singapore in honor of author Audrey Chin's latest book As the Heart Bones Break.  It was a gala event with the Ambassador of Singapore, his wife, representatives from the DC Public Library, and the local Singaporean community.

'Still Life' by Louise Penny

Talking Book Club, April 17

Shortly after elderly Jane Neal finally agrees to participate in the art show to be held in her small village outside of Montreal, she is killed by an arrow through the heart.As Chief Inspector Gamache investigates, he wonders if her unusual artwork provides a clue to her murder.

Talking Book Club March 20

Two Short Works by Famous Authors

In March we will discuss two short, less-known works by famous authors:The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

The Evening Star

On Display in the Great Hall -- and Now Available Online!