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.

Great Day in Harlem

Film and Discussion with Jazz historian, Rusty Hassan

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of A Great Day in Harlem.This film gives a behind-the-scenes look at the famous 1958 photograph that brought together most of the era's jazz legends.

Join the Playwrights Circle!

New group will meet weekly to support the work of new dramatists

Are you a closet playwright? Are you ready to step into the spotlight and meet others who aspire to rock the stage with words? Join our new Playwrights Circle!

Fall is here!

Autumn foliage in the Children's Room

Fall is officially here (as of the recent equinox, of course)... and in the Children's Room, it shows! The leaves on our beautiful tree are already changing colors, and a few are falling.  We even have a couple squirrels scurrying to collect nuts! 

POSTPONED - DC Storytelling Festival

The first annual DC Storytelling Festival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 5 is postponed.  It will be rescheduled for a later date. We apologize for the inconvenience.  There are many other programs and activities happening at your library.  Check out the calendar of events for more information.

Get eReader Help at DC Public Library

Are you interested in learning about how to read or listen to free books from the library on an eReader or smartphone? Do you need some help downloading library eBooks for the first time? Interested in seeing what an eReader can do before you make the investment?

Celebrate German-American Heritage Month

Not only is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month, it is also German-American Heritage Month! Whenever you say iceberg, pretzel, angst or gummy bear – you’re using words that actually come from German! 

Learn About the Espresso Book Machine

The Espresso Book Machine is an extraordinary piece of machinery.If you're curious about how it works and want to see what it can do for you then please join us on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Digital Commons for an introduction.

Holidays Off the Beaten Path

 Even if you don’t have Columbus Day off or celebrate Halloween, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this month.  Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information: Oct. 1 – Intergeneration DayOct. 1-31 – National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Aspiring Authors Circle to Meet at MLK

New group will offer peer support for emerging writers

Calling all authors!

Building Early Literacy Skills With Dialogic Reading

The early literacy method called dialogic reading uses open-ended or “what” questions to expand a child’s expressive vocabulary and story-telling  skills.  

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