Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Upcoming STEAM Team program

Published on Monday, January 20, 2014

 Optical Illusion: three menLooking at the picture to the left, which man is taller?  Would you believe they are all the same size? That is because this picture is an optical illusion. Pictures like this one mislead our brains into seeing something different from what really exists. 

Advice From an Agent

Published on Sunday, January 19, 2014

Picture of Diane Nine at podiumDiane Nine, author of Get Published: A Guide to Literary Tips, Traps & Truth, presents a free publishing seminar.  She will share some enlightening stories about the publishing world--all the pitfalls and perils the new author needs to know.

Intro to Heritage Quest, the Historic Washington Post and Baltimore Afro-American databases.

Published on Saturday, January 18, 2014

tree and bookBeginning to trace your Family Tree?
Maybe you have researched a good amount of your family history and are seeking other resources to help you dig deeper into your roots?
On Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10:30 a.m to 12:15 p.m., please come to Room 311 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and learn how to navigate Heritage Quest, a genealogical database accessed through and the Historical Washington Post & Baltimore Afro-American newspaper databases.

Patrons will also be introduced to the recently acquired Evening Star as well.

Published on Thursday, January 16, 2014

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 Koya.


Learn - Apply - Enroll

Published on Sunday, January 12, 2014

My School DC LogoWhich school will your child call My School?

For this coming school year (2014-15), DC Public Schools (DCPS) and participating public charter schools have a common application and lottery. Visit to find everything you need to learn and apply, or come to one of the information sessions listed below. The application closes Feb. 3 for grades 9-12 and March 3 for grades PK3-8.

Please call the My School DC Hotline at (202) 888-6336 or email for additional information.

Published on Saturday, January 11, 2014

A preacher reads in the Seamen's Bethel, site of a chapter in "Moby-Dick."In John Kessel’s Nebula Award-winning novella Another Orphan, Fallon, a Chicago lawyer, finds himself trapped in the text of Moby-Dick, aboard the Pequod, swept up in Melville’s dense symbolis

Collective Voices 18th Annual Poetry Extravaganza

Published on Saturday, January 11, 2014

Collective Voices photoPlease join us in the Great Hall on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. for a very special event.

Collective Voices will present the 18th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There will be a performance by the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and many other special guests, including Washington, DC Poet Laureate, Dolores Kendrick.

Some of 2013's best cookbooks

Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

This year was a bumper crop of stellar cookbooks. I’ve put together a brief list of some of my favorites and, of course, my biases come through.

I love ethnic food and I’m becoming more and more fascinated with inventive and imaginative vegetarian cuisine. Below are six of the best cookbooks that were published in 2013.

Family Fun Time in the Children's Room

Published on Thursday, January 9, 2014

Image from, me hearties!  

On Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m., join us in Ye Olde Children's Room for a pirate-filled hour of crafts and games.  

Fun for all ages -- bring the whole swashbucklin' family!

In addition, here are a few great pirate picture books to get ye started!