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.
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Nontraditional and Untold: Unusual WWII Stories

I usually hate World War II books -- but here are some you should definitely read

With the recent popularity of (Pulitzer-winning) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I've been thinking about other novels that take place during or immediately following World War II.


The Goat in The Chile Patch

Around the World Storytime

Please join us for a special story time at MLK on Monday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! We will hear the story of the Goat in the Chile Patch, a New Mexican folktale, in flannel board format. We will hear bilingual stories in Spanish and English and sing songs. 

The Mermaid and the Shoe

Swim and Splash with Mermaids

Picture Books about the Daughters of the Sea

Mermaids. Who hasn't been fascinated with these fantastic creatures of legendary folklore? For the child in your life who can't get enough, here is a list of picture books that feature mermaids. For example, one mermaid loves to explore and another mermaid loves to perform. One mermaid convinces a pirate to talk his way out of a difficult situation, rather than fight his way out of it. Another mermaid follows the courage of her convictions to stand up to a devious troll.

Birminghal Jail Players

Birmingham Jail Players Celebrate Banned Books Week

The BJP read their favorite challenged authors for Banned Books Week

Please join the Birmingham Jail Players on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Studies Center, for a stimulating evening as they celebrate Banned Books Week with live readings from their favorite banned and challenged authors, such as Toni Morrison, Harper Lee, Sherman Alexie and Barbara Ehrenreich, to name a few. The Birmingham Jail Players (BJP) are a group comprised of staff from all over the DC Public Library System. Hope to see you there!

Storytime Flyer - Fall 2015

Programs for Children and Teens at MLK!

Start September with new and improved programs

September brings many new and exciting changes to children's and teen programming at MLK Library! Please refer to our story time flyer for a description of the story times and the date and time for each. We have added a new pajama story time at 7 p.m. on Mondays! Our first pajama story time will be on Monday, September 14. In addition to changing our story times, we have also added the following programs:

The great Orson Welles.

Movie of the Month

'The Magnificent Ambersons'

In 1941 Orson Welles released his first cinematic masterpiece, Citizen Kane, arguably the greatest film ever produced.

Tuesday Night Movies logo

Tuesday Night Movies

A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. In Auditorium A-5

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies! Sept. 1 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Laugh-out-loud tale of a young man’s antics while playing hooky! Matthew Broderick is the kid; Jeffrey Jones is the principal out to get him. Directed by John Hughes.103 minutes. 1986. PG-13 Sept. 8  Jakob the Liar Robin Williams is a Jewish shopkeeper in WWII Poland, bringing hope to his fellow man with fabricated stories about the war. Directed by Peter Kassovitz. 

Indian Cinderella: Anklet for a princess by Lila Mehta

Cinderella Stories Around the World

Multicultural picture book retellings

Here in the Children's Room, I'm constantly being asked for princess stories. Almost as often, when I offer a book featuring a non-Disney, non-European princess, I'm informed (in offended or witheringly scornful tones) that all princesses are pale, blonde, and pretty. This makes me sad. Of course, children love the Disney versions of fairy tales. I'm the last person to fault them for that. But there's a whole world of lovely and diverse folktales on our shelves just waiting to be discovered!

 The Great Cat Massacre and other Episodes in French Cultural History

Pick List Picks

You asked for it

Every morning, library staff across the system pull items from a long list to fulfill your hold requests. That list is called the Pick List, and these are my favorites.

Global Babies

Kids Around the World

Bonjour! Shalom! Jambo! Ni hao!

Plant the seeds of cultural awareness from the youngest ages with a board book, and keep nurturing them through late elementary with books that introduce kids to different religions, foods, and