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.

Hooray for Earth Day!

DC Public Library and UDC Jumpstart

UDC Jumpstart volunteers have partnered with the DC Public Library to organize another special children's program. This month, we're celebrating Earth Day.Want to make your own ladybug? Sit down with your Jumpstart friends for some springtime activities! Wondering what you can do to help the environment? Come to a special 3 p.m. storytime and learn about recycling and composting (and an earth-friendly recipe for compost stew)!Join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, April 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Room 200 for a fun-filled afternoon of stories and crafts. For children ages 3-10.  Need more information? Please call the Children's Department: 202-727-1248.

Children's staff in the spotlight

The super powers of Mary Phelan

You and I know her as Ms. Mary -- children's librarian and Baby Lap Time champion.  But did you know that behind the sweet smile, she's actually hiding top secret super library powers?  And that she's been using them every day?!  I interviewed her in-between adventures to get the scoop:So, Ms. Mary -- is that your super hero name?

Spring Break - Fun Week!

At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

DC Public Schools and most DC Public Charter Schools will be on break from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5. Each day of spring break Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will offer a fun educational program for children ages 5 and up. So take a break from a computer and join us each day for a new exciting adventure and learn something, too.Monday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

Healthy Living, Healthy Lifestyle

The DC Public Library, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, is hosting a series of presentations on healthy living and wellness.Beginning April 9, this series will be held on the second Tuesday of each month through December 2013 in the second-floor East Lobby (outside Room 220) at 12:30 p.m. 

POP Movies, Every Tuesday

A Weekly Popular Film Series for Adults at 6 p.m. in A-5


Celebrate Spring at American Sign Language Storytime

Anxious for some green?  Come to the American Sign Language Story Time on Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m.!

New Books About Women

If you're looking for some new titles for Women's History Month, browse the new books display outside of MLK room 209 for some interesting titles.And if you're really keen to learn more about women, join us Thursday at the Portrait Gallery's Pop Quiz Trivia, where we will compete for trivia glory armed with knowledge about women. 

'Teammates' by Peter Golenbock

A nonfiction book about baseball integration for young readers

Are you a baseball fan? If so, how much do you know about the famous Brooklyn Dodger who wore number 42 -- Jackie Robinson? Or the “Great Experiment” of 66 years ago? Back in the 1940s, Major League Baseball did not have the number of players from different races, cultures and countries as it does today. 

Take a Break from Your Netflix Queue!

TV Read-Alikes

We all want to read more, but let's face it: Sometimes it seems easier to watch your favorite TV show than it is to pick up a good book.

Teen Book Review

It seems that whatever you read, whatever you watch on TV or in the movies, you’ll find heroes all of types populating the media.  We love to watch them and read about them, and imagine ourselves being them.  However, heroes aren’t worth much unless they are being opposed by a truly dangerous villain. Supervillains in the comics and on television are the bad guys that we love to hate.