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.

A Book for 'Downton Abbey' Fans

'Life Below Stairs': True Lives of Edwardian Servants

I discovered Downton Abbey recently, and so was fascinated with Life Below Stairs.  I just

Reading Through Time and Space: Mystical, Magical Deserts!

Sand, sun ... and sword fighting!

Though the lush, wet spring weather is a pleasure in its own right, I can't help but sometimes yearn for searing heat, blinding sun and a climate so sparse and dry, you'd think lawn mowing and flash floods were just another urban legend. For this installation of Reading Through Time and Space, let's grab a book and journey to the desert!  To mystical, magical, unnamed deserts, where things are not always what they seem and just about can -- and does -- happen.  

Sarah Dessen on June 4

Meet the best-selling author!

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen, will talk about her new book The Moon and More in the Great Hall at the Martin Luther King Jr.

Engaging Non-Fiction for the Young Reader

'Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller' by Doreen Rappaport

The story of Helen Keller is truly an amazing and inspiring one, and Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport is a very captivating read about this brilliant woman. The compelling pictures by Matt Tavares also provide great insight into how Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, learned to read and experienced the world. 

Summer Kick-off: Book Swap & Film Showing

Come for the book swap, stay for the film!

The Cherry Blossoms have fallen and summer is on its way.  Come meet the Fiction Lover's Book Club on Tuesday, May 28 as we launch our summer reading season with a book swap and film showing.  Recycle your familiar reads by trading with another book lover, or choose from the free books or audiobooks on the Fiction Lover's Book Club's swap cart.  Then join the group as we watch a film favo

Book Review: 'Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend'

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks is an engaging, clever story told from the point of view of an imaginary friend.

Quick-Fix Vegan

Vegan, hungry, and in a hurry?  Robin Robertson's Quick-Fix Vegan can help!

Healthy Living, Healthy Lifestyle

New Title for Wellness Workshops

This very informative series of presentations by the American Diabetes Association has been renamed "Wellness Workshops." 

Singled Out! Book Club Review

Come and Join us Every Fourth Tuesday

Note: This month's Singled Out! Book Club is canceled, and future sessions are postponed until further notice.

The Hans Kindler Orchestral Score Collection

The founder of the National Symphony Orchestra, Hans Kindler, donated his library of orchestral performance sets to the DC Public Library. This special collection includes over 900 titles and is available for use, without charge, by musical groups in the Washington Metropolitan region.