Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) will begin on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please refer to for more information on interim services.

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. 

So ... You Want To Get A Book Published?

A seminar presented by author Diane S. Nine

Diane S. Nine, local author and president of Nine Speakers Inc. will share expert tips and strategies from her book, GET PUBLISHED: A Guide to Literary Tips, Traps & Truth. Nine Speakers Inc. is an entertainment agency representing people across the world in a number of areas including the literary, theatrical, film and television arenas. 

There's a Cherry Tree in the Children's Division!

Spring blossom update

At last, the tree in the hall just outside the Children's Division has burst forth in blossoms, revealing its true identity -- it is a cherry tree!  Just like the famed Washington, D.C. cherry trees that are blooming along the Tidal Basin.Enjoy the history and beauty of the District's favorite flowers at home or all year-round with these great children's books: