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In the News: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Reopening

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopened on September 24 after undergoing a complete modernization. The transformed flagship library now features: a spectacular new, vibrant and transparent entryway sculptured monumental staircase a large auditorium and conference center 

Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance

D.C. Native, and Dance Theatre of Harlem member, Alexandra Hutchinson celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Alexandra Hutchinson grew up in Southwest Washington, D.C. She frequented the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and the Southwest Library. Now a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hutchinson and her ballet partner Derek Brockington perform throughout the District's central library in a new piece, entitled "Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance."

This Saturday at the Library: Michael W. Twitty, Tyler Gordon, 123 Andrés, Black Alley, Step Afrika! and Bela Dona

Reopening events start at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library with more than 12 hours of programs

Last year, the District marked completing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s $211 modernization with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the public was not able to attend the event. One year later, the DC Public Library wants to give District residents and Library customers the celebration they deserve.  On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Library is kicking off a season of reopening events at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library by hosting more than 12 hours of programs, performances and tours of the District’s flagship library. 

"Engaging Beyond Our Walls" grant will turn libraries into hubs for creating neighborhood games using local history and landmarks

American University and DC Public Library receive 2-year grant

Learning about a local sculpture by texting it. Taking an audio tour or a story walk using a cell phone. Soon, people in 25 communities across the United States could learn how to make outdoor games and other interactive experiences at their library.

DC Public Library Begins Sunday and Holiday Hours

Beginning September 12, the DC Public Library will continue its service expansion by offering Sunday and holiday hours at eight locations.   One Library location in each ward will be on Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. They are:   Anacostia (Ward 8) 1800 Good Hope Road SE   Dorothy Height/Benning (Ward 7) 3935 Benning Road NE   Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Ward 2) 901 G St. NW   Mount Pleasant (Ward 1) 3160 16th St. NW  

Local Radio Legend Kojo Nnamdi Narrates DC Public Library’s Home Rule Exhibit

“Up From the People: Protest and Change in DC” Part of Modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Connecting Dr. King to Local Activism

For more than two decades, Kojo Nnamdi has explored the forces impacting local politics on the radio show bearing his name. Now, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, people can hear him explain District resident's fight for self-governance as part of a new exhibit “Up From the People: Protest And Change In DC."

Nearly 2,000 Images Added to Library's Go-Go Archive

The Chip Py Photograph Collection documents Go-Go performances, musicians, celebrities and figures.

Do you remember seeing Rare Essence at Tradewinds? Or maybe you followed Chuck Brown to almost every venue where he performed. If you did, you probably saw a man taking photos on stage. That man is "Chip" Py.   Since 2010, Py has photographed Go-Go performances around the Washington region. Now customers can view these amazing images at the DC Public Library.

Mayor Bowser Announces New Congress Heights Library to be Built at St. Elizabeths East

New Library at Parcel 16 to Replace Parklands-Turner Library

Today, at the groundbreaking for the new Whitman-Walker health care facility, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the new full-service library in Congress Heights will be built on Parcel 16 on the St. Elizabeths East campus. The library will replace the existing Parklands-Turner Library.  

Mayor Bowser Celebrates Start of #BacktoSummer Programming to Keep DC Youth Engaged

District Announces Partnership with Amira Learning and DC Sports Teams to Encourage Summer Reading and Reduce Summer Slide

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined DC kids and community members at Edgewood Recreation Center to kick off several annual summer programming initiatives, as well as announce a partnership with Amira Learning, DC United, the Washington Nationals, and the Washington Football Team to offer elementary DC students a new platform to sharpen their reading skills over the summer and the opportunity to win exciting prizes as part of the DC Public Library’s 

Learn About African American Music at the DC Public Library

Films, music, videos and articles available

Without James Brown, there would be no Michael Jackson. But who influenced James Brown? This June, celebrate the history and creativity of African-American Music with the DC Public Library.

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