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.

Holidays Off the Beaten Path

The groundhog might be predicting six more weeks of winter, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate while the snow is falling down around you. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information: Feb. 1-28 – Library Lovers' Month   Feb. 1 – Bubble Gum DayFeb.

Gaining Literacy Skills Through Movement and Dance

Most educators accept that each child learns differently, and therefore more than one approach should be used when working with children. Young children retain information better when they have more than one way to explore it.

So Many Books...

...So Little Time!

Start the New Year off right.  Join a book group at MLK.Did you know that there are six book clubs based at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library?  Discovering these groups is like finding buried treasure in the middle of downtown Washington, DC! Fiction Lover's Book Club


A resolution worth keeping

In this busy, fast-paced world, peace seems like an elusive commodity.Karin Silverman will lead this helpful and stimulating workshop offering effective techniques that can make your dream of finding inner peace a reality.Begin the New Year with meditation and join Karin as she takes you on this journey.

Critical Exposure Exhibit

Youth Photographers Bring Light to the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Did you know there are local youth who are using art for social justice?Do you want to learn about teens who are leaders for change in their communities?Are you interested in school reform issues?If so, visit the 2nd floor west lobby to see an exhibit by Critical Exposure. 

New Story Time Schedule

Gather around, boys and girls!  The Children's department is pleased to announce its new weekly storytime schedule for the Winter-Spring 2013 season.  Each program takes place in Room 200, the Children's room, on the second floor of the building.  

Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: A Panel

Three Scholars Discuss the Local Significance of Frederick Douglass

Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an enlightening panel discussion on the dynamic role that Frederick Douglass played in the history of Washington, D.C. during the era of Post-Emancipation.

Teen Book Review

With the wild temperature fluctuations we've been having lately, do you ever get the feeling that nature’s become a little bit unhinged?  Maybe, maybe not.  But if you want to learn a little bit about how dangerous and disturbing mental illness and insanity really is, try out

Shonda Buchanan: Poet

'Who's Afraid of Black Indians?'

Please join on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for a very special evening of poetry as Shonda Buchanan, poet and Hampton University creative writing professor, reads from her book, Who's Afraid of Black Indians? Buchanan will also share select pieces from our rich collection.

Holidays off the Beaten Path

Ring in 2013 in your own quirky style by checking out the unique celebrations listed below. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:Jan. 1 – Bonza Bottler Day Jan. 1 – New Year’s Dishonor ListJan. 2 – Happy Mew Year For Cats Day