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.

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.

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

Watching nature's seasons -- indoors

If you've walked past Room 200 lately, you may have noticed something growing.  That's right, a tree!  Sprouted from construction paper, scissors and a little hard work, we "planted" it to remind us of the beautiful passing seasons.  

Return to a Classic

Free To Be... Revisited

If you were a child of the 70's and 80's like me, you may have grown up with Free to Be...

Master Builders: African American Architects in the Nation's Capital

Are you interested in the local history of the Nation’s Capital? Are you interested in African American history? Are you interested in the architecture of Washington D.C. and its history? Special Collections of the D.C. Public Library is excited to present a program to the community that combines these interest areas.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

You don’t have to be Irish to join in the fun this Saturday, March 16!  We’re having a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at 3 p.m. in the Children’s Room at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Open Mic Poetry Night

Calling all local poets! Join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. for an open mic poetry reading. Come and have fun while sharing your talents and creativity with your fellow D.C. library patrons. All are welcome. We only ask that everyone keep their poetry clean.

Discovery D.C.: Art and Your Perceptions

'The Age of Insight' and the art of Jacob Lawrence

On Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m., join the group in Teen Space to discuss seeing and perceiving and the art of Jacob Lawrence. In his book The Age of Insight, neuroscientist Eric Kandel focuses on how we see and perceive, and how we respond to works of art.

Pop!: Meet Jamela

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.Meet Jamela.Gorgeous hair + a rad band t-shirt are an unbeatable equation in comfortable cool. Jamela, 26, does it with untouchable elegance. A D.C. native and aspiring TV producer, she has written for a Youtube comedy series called "The Lunch Break," and prefers Biggie over Tupac. Read more after the jump.

'American Tapestry,' a book by Rachel Swarns

The Story of Michelle Obama's Multiracial ancestry

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on March 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM for this very special author talk.