Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Takeout service available Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Closed from 2 - 3 p.m.every day for sanitizing.
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Yearbook Collection on Display

Seeking yearbook donations for collection

Did you know that Special Collection’s Washingtoniana Room (3rd floor) houses a small collection of Washington, D.C. high school and college yearbooks? Our goal is to obtain a yearbook from each high school and college/university in Washington, D.C. We would love to obtain yearbooks published far enough to have genealogical value!  

Stereoview of women of the Food Administration promoting food conservation on the homefront during World War I

Library's Oldest Historic Photographs Digitized

Unique Portraits and 3D Views of District Landmarks in Dig DC

DC Public Library Special Collections is pleased to announce the digitization of its collection of stereoviews, cartes de visite, and cabinet cards. These unique photographic formats from the late 19th and early 20th century include many of the oldest photographic portraits and views of the district in the library’s collection and are now available for research and reuse in Dig DC.

Proust and the Squid

The Reading Brain

...and How Digital Media Is Rewiring It

How is your experience reading these words different than if you were reading them on paper? In what ways does the printed word—and in particular, book reading—alter the mind and human culture? How is digital media rewiring the brain and changing the way we think, imagine, and experience life? These are the kinds of questions the books below explore through perspectives from neuroscience, history, linguistics, media studies, literature, and personal stories.

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Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month with Books

 In Celebration on Caribbean-American Heritage Month, enjoy a sampling works from the library's collection:    Antigua and Barbuda: Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John    

Me Before You

Market Selects for June 14th

Seasonal, Fresh Titles for Your Consumption

On the second Tuesday of each month, library staff set up shop at the FRESHFARM Penn Quarter Market to sign up new library customers, check out and return materials, and dish about

June Library Basement Show

Librarians Love Punk Questionnaire with Governess

Learn about the reading habits of local band, Governess, performing in the Library Basement Show with Loud Boyz and Heavy Breathing on Thursday, June 2nd!  1. What is the one book you would say changed your life after you read it?

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Tuesday Night Movies

A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5.

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies!

Milkshake Duo

Musical Performance: Milkshake!

Performing at our Summer Reading Kickoff, June 4 at 2 p.m.

Milkshake is a Grammy-nominated rock duo for kids and kids at heart, made up of vocalist Lisa Mathews and acoustic guitarist Mikel Gehl. The group has released three award-winning CDs, including two Parents’ Choice Awards and a NAPPA Gold Award. Milkshake’s videos can be seen on Noggin, PBS KIDS, and Discovery Kids. As “Parents” Magazine says, “If kids don’t push the replay button…parents will!”

Author Matt de la Pena

Author Event: Matt de la Peña

Friday, June 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Young adult Author and Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña will speak in the Great Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3.

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