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.

Electrifying Science Course for Kids

GlaxoSmithKline’s Science in the Summer Program

Learning science should be fun, and this summer, DC Public Library will again partner with GlaxoSmithKline’s Science in the Summer program to bring an engaging and exciting science program to 13 branches. Last summer, the focus was on chemistry and this year, children will learn about physical science and electricity.

Summer Movies

With the return of summer, comes the return of outdoor film festivals. Take advantage of the opportunity to sit outside with the family and enjoy the films of your childhood, whenever that was!

New Poetry Collection from Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips has just published a new collection of poems this year entitled

Alice Walker to Speak at ALA Annual Conference

Alice Walker will be a featured speaker at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. This year, the conference will convene in Chicago from June 27 to July 2. Walker will address conference attendees on Monday, July 1. 

July is Movie Month at MLK!

Chill out with these hot flicks

An enjoyable and enlighting variety of films will be screened this month at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  There is truly something for everyone! Take a break from the summer heat or relax after work and see the following:Monday, July 2, 6 p.m.Popular Movie Series

Bullies Are No Fun

Two Books That May Be Helpful To You

Have you ever been bullied at school, on your sports team or while trying to play with other children? Did it make you feel sad, uncomfortable or lost as to what to do or say when you were treated this way?

DC By the Book Author Visit

Attendees Clamor for 'Nowhere to Run'

Teens at MLK and Northwest One libraries gave author Claire Griffin, author of Nowhere to Run, a warm welcome.

African American Experience in Post Civil War Washington

Panel Discussion at Historical Society, 801 K Street NW

 Saturday, June 29, 2013African American Experience in Post-Civil War Washington2:30 – 4 p.m.Historical Society of Washington, D.C.801 K Street N.W., Washington D.C. 20001

'Tale of Two Summers'

Teen Book Review

So, what are your plans for the summer?  Are you getting a job?  Going to camp?  Stuck in summer school?  Are your friends heading out of town and leaving you behind? Why not keep in touch by blogging?  That’s what local boys and best friends Hal and Chuck do when they are separated for the first time since they became friends.

Dispatches From The Front

Firsthand accounts of the Zombie Wars

Ahead of the release of World War Z, we've assembled some dispatches from across the globe during the Zombie Wars that weren't included in the original report.Note -- These first-hand accounts are not for the faint of heart. If you can't stomach reading about zombies or gore, read elsewhere.-- Ed.