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.

New Maps Online at Dig DC

A Century of Historic Washington, DC Maps: 1760s to the Civil War

DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show

The DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show Q & A

w/ The Cornel West Theory, Time is Fire and The Black Sparks

The DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show is Thursday, February 4th with The Cornel West Theory, Time is Fire and The Black Sparks. Before you hear their music, find out what and where these artists like to read, their favorite DC venues and their visions of libraries in the future. 

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Shadow Ball: Ken Burns' Baseball Series 5th Inning

Celebrate Black History Month when we screen the story of the Negro Leagues

"I don't break bats, I wear them out."  — Josh Gibson Come celebrate the era when Black baseball reigned as we screen Shadow Ball on Wednesday, February 17 at 1 p.m. in Room A-5.

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Introducing Rush Hour Reads

Books you can read in less than a week. Stories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Well, that happened.The New Year started and you made vows. Right.  Here's a diet you can keep: add more reading to your day. A few minutes during your commute or at lunch really adds up and will lead to a healthier outlook.  And you can exercise that big muscle between your ears.

Anton Chekhov's Misery

A Screening of Anton Chekhov's Misery

Fusing together the areas of visual art, music, literature, and history, composer Michael J. Evans has brought Chekhov’s short story to life in a unique and beautiful adaptation featuring original art and animation from local artist Sam Apple Cummins.

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27th Annual Black Film Festival

Join us as we celebrate and explore African American history, culture, and issues of the day.

February 2 Straight Outta Compton  The emergence of seminal hip-hop performers, NWA, is chronicled in this powerful bio-pic. With O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre. Paul Giamatti co-stars as Jerry Heller.  Directed by F. Gary Gray. 147 mins. 2015, R  February 9 Chi-Raq

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Meet Dolen Perkins-Valdez

The author of Balm & Wench visits the Popular Library to talk about her work.

Join us on February 22nd at 6:30 p.m. when award-winning author Dolen Perkins-Valdez reads from her latest novel, Balm, set in post-Civil War Chicago. The event will be held in The Popular Library, our fiction reading room, located on the first floor, opposite the Digital Commons.

DASW

Sign Up for March's Digital Audio Storytelling Workshop

Held Wednesday March 9, March 16, and March 23 in the Studio Lab

Learn the basics of audio storytelling! The workshop will consist of three 90-minute classes meeting once a week for three consecutive weeks in the Studio Lab.  We encourage every student to come to each class, as the information will be cumulative. By the end of the course, every participant will produce a short piece to share with the DC Public Library community.  Week One - Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.: Interviewing Basics

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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! Jan. 5 The Perfect Guy A lobbyist's new relationship turns into the perfect nightmare in this date night thriller. Starring Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, and Michael Ealy. Directed by David M. Rosenthal. 100 minutes.  2015.  PG-13 Jan. 12  Sicario

DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show

DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show: the Q&A

with Rom, Booby Trap and Psychic Subcreatures

The DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show is Thursday, 

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