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.

Book Review: 'Play'

How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

This book is a great antidote to feeling guilty for taking time off "just" to play. The new research on the subject is fascinating. By the time you finish this book, you will see play as such a necessity to doing well at everything else in your life, you may just feel guilty for not making more time to play (if you do, that probably proves you really are suffering a play deficit, so go play!). 

Book Review: 'Bacon Nation'

When I first saw this book, my mouth began to water. Bacon seems to be the new food trend as you see it in everything from chocolate to cocktails. Why? Because everyone, even some vegetarians that I know, loves bacon. The book begins with buying and basic cooking techniques. Making sure that you get proper bang for your bacon buck, it also talks about uses for the bacon grease--popcorn popped in bacon fat, anyone? 

Free Downloadable Magazines: We've Got You Covered

If you haven't had the chance to check out Zinio, DC Public Library's new online database of free magazines, now is a great time to do it!

Create your own iPhone ringtone with Garageband

Brighten dreaded phone calls from unsavory characters and telemarketers with a customized, DIY ringtone!

Digital Nation

How technology shapes our lives

Technology is closing the communication gap between the Deaf and Hearing communities in D.C. and around the world, with Gallaudet University leading the way:

Learn the Basics of Digital Painting

An Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Could you be the next Leonardo Da Vinci? Try your hand at Digital Painting in Photoshop.

'Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors'

A National Archives Guide

Do you have Caribbean ancestors?

Edit images with PhotoshopCS6

An Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Want to give your photos a makeover? It feels like magic in Photoshop.

Intro to Illustrator CS6

In this hour-long class we will learn the basics to get you started designing content for print or web. The first half of the class will convene in one of our Digital Commons meeting spaces, where we will take a guided tour of navigation panels and tool bars.