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.
Cat is Art Spelled Wrong by Caroline Casey

Pick List Picks

You asked for it.

Every morning, library staff across the system pull items from a long list to fulfill your hold requests. That list is called the Pick List, and these are my favorite books that turned up on it.

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Sistah Joy and Collective Voices

20th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please join us on Saturday, January 16, 2016,  as Sistah Joy and Collective Voices bring us their 20th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! This family friendly event takes place from 1-5 p.m. in the Great Hall and features drumming, dancing, poetry, youth performers and more! An MLK tradition, this year promises to be more fabulous than ever!

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What's New for NaNoWriMo?

Space for writers during National Novel Writing Month

Want to dive into National Novel Writing Month, but don't know where to start?  Not a fiction writer and feeling a little left out?  Fear not, your favorite downtown library has got you covered. On Tuesdays, drop into our Connect & Share or The Writer's Den

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International Games Day @ MLK

Enjoy all day fun at your favorite downtown library!

Celebrate International Games Day with us on Saturday, November 21.  Gamers of all ages are welcome to try their hand at our Wii Station and a variety of board games.

Podcast: District of Change

D.C. Utopia

  Visionary Plans for the Future City  This podcast was recorded at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

NEW Digitized Collection: Dr. Darrell Clayton Crain Jr. Photograph Collection

Local medical doctor captures pictures spanning four decades in DC and abroad

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Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster and the African-American Deaf Mission in Washington, DC

Oldest African-American Deaf Mission in the United States

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week (January 17 – 23, 2016)   The DC Public Library Presents   Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster and the African-American Deaf Mission in Washington, DC   Dr. Isaac O. Agboola Interim Dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.   Judy C. Williams Historian, Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D. C.     Tuesday, January 19, 2016   6:00 – 8:30 PM  

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An Evening with Kevin Powell

Join us as Kevin Powell, activist, writer, and public speaker discusses his new book, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

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Books for '80s Kids to Share With the Kids in Their Lives

Ah, the 1980s--era of Rainbow Brite, the Electric Company, and the after-school special. Ronald Reagan was our president, the Cold War was still on, and computers were just beginning to be more than a curiosity to the average person.  In children's literature, the '80s sometimes get a bad rap for being the era of the "problem novel"; basically, an after-school special in book form.  Still, some pretty great books were published during that decade.

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October Is a Gamer's Holiday All Month Long

Celebrate Halloween on weekends in October!

We're celebrating Halloween (and gamers) at your favorite downtown library all month long: Make Your Own Cosplay Costume! Get ready for Halloween or your next Comic Con with something fresh and original.Film Showing: The Dark Knight Returns, Parts 1 & 2