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.

How to Deal

Resources for Stressed Out Teens

There is a lot going on in the world . . . tragic bombings, terrorist mail, deadly explosions and threats of war. There are also the every day conflicts and stresses of school, work, and home. Things can overwhelm you and you may feel heightened feelings of anxiety and sadness.

Symphony in Black

A Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration

Come celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month and the birthday of legendary D.C. native, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, at the Black Studies Center on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

'Why Jazz? A Concise Guide'

What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music?

Comic On

One of the great joys of living in Washington, D.C. is that there is always something new and exciting to do.

New Book by Local Poet Dan Vera

Dan Vera is a D.C.-based poet who has made many contributions to the literary landscape of Washington, not least of which is the fabulous DC Writers' Homes website, which maps the houses where writers lived and worked right here in DC.

The Knitty Gritty Committee

Ah, spring. Time to pull out the sundresses, watch March Madness, revel in the glory of DC’s cherry blossoms. That is, if you want to experience a typical spring in DC.

Dating Etiquette and Romantic Expressions

Book Display

Do you think the Golden Rule holds meaning for today's dating scene?Do you treat your dates the way you want them to treat you?Are you being treated right?Come to Teen Space to browse a display of dating etiquette books along with novels and poems about romance.

DisordR, The Play

Live Stage Play on Hoarding

Take a sensitive look at this serious subject. “DisordR, The Play,” starring Hilary Kacser, reveals humor as the heroine, Pakrat Patty, laughs to keep from crying. Share her struggle with Collector-itis and Disposophobia as she fights her Obsessive Compulsion: Never to let go. 

Teen Book Reviews

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of horror movies.  The onscreen blood and gore turns my stomach, and I don’t like the surprises of a killer/monster/zombie horde leaping out and winnowing down the cast.  But horror in a book I can usually take, especially if there’s a great story behind it.  A good example would by

Spring into Early Literacy

The change of season is a wonderful time to introduce early literacy skills with babies and toddlers.  The National Research Council recommends that children enter school with specific skills that prepare them to benefit more from classroom instruction.