Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

BARS program


Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 4 p.m.

BARS is a creative workshop for youth who enjoy rapping and writing spoken word poems.  Join "Words, Beats and Life" in Teen Space every Tuesday from January until June to write new songs to original beats & poems and to record and perform. Spend your time making art that makes a difference in your community!  The BARS workshop will end in June with a culminating performance by workshop participants. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

MLKML Tax Preparation

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Free tax preparation assistance, provided by Community Tax Aid. Note: Monday April 18 service will be provided 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Films with a Purpose

Films with a Purpose: Black Studies Center Documentaries for Black History Month

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

The DC Public Library Black Studies Center proudly presents the following documentaries that tell the rich story of African American life, culture and history from the 1920s through the mid 2000s.   Films will be screened in the Black Studies Center, Room 316. For more information, please contact Kenneth Despertt, Special Collections Librarian,  at 202-727-1211 or 202-727-1213.     Tues Feb 2 – 6 p.m.
27th Annual Black Film Festival logo.Straight Outta Compton movie poster.Chi-Raq DVD cover.The Black Panthers movie poster.

27th Annual Black Film Festival

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 6 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate and explore African American history, culture, and issues of the day:February 2 Straight Outta Compton  The emergence of seminal hip-hop performers, NWA, is chronicled in this powerful bio-pic. With O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre. Paul Giamatti co-stars as Jerry Heller.  Directed by F. Gary Gray. 147 mins. 2015, R  February 9 Chi-Raq
PC Basics

PC Basics - Beginner

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

For those who need to come into the world of computers, this is the class for you. Overcome your fears and gain the skills that can get you ready for the workplace. Also take the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing class as a perfect complement to PC Basics. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis. Instructor: L. D. Wright Computer Lab, Room 311 Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well. You will learn to: Identify basic computer components and operating system features.
Etsy logo

Etsy: Beyond the Basics

Learn how to make your new Etsy shop pretty! This class will cover different tools to create a banner and avatar for your shop.  Attending "Etsy 101" is NOT required, but you will need basic web and computing skills. Please register by emailing
Rush Hour Reads logo.The Awakening book cover.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings book cover.Room With A View book cover.The Bluest Eye book cover.Beasts of No Nation book cover.The Country of the Pointed Firs book cover.Winesburg, Ohio book cover.The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie book cover.The Old Man and the Sea book cover.The House on Mango Street book cover.

Rush Hour Reads

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 (All day)

Want to read more? A few minutes during your commute or at lunch can really add up.

Memory Lab Drop-in

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 10 a.m.

​The Memory Lab is our latest DIY space where you can digitize your home movies, scan photographs and slides, and learn how to care for your physical and digital family heirlooms. Want to learn more about the Memory Lab? Come to the Digital Commons from 10-11 a.m. to get a tour of the lab and ask questions about your personal archiving project.
Toddler Story Time

Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 10 a.m.

Get up and get moving at our Toddler Story Times. These 20-30 minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities that are designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities and participate in the program along with the children. 
Preschool Story Time

Preschool Story Time

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 11 a.m.

Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years. Children and their caregivers, will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.