Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Come Play Chess!

Are you interested in playing Chess?We have chess sets available for use during normal operating hours at MLK Jr. Memorial Library. Come to the desk in Popular Services and pick one up!For beginners, advanced, or just curious players, the "game of kings" offers endless hours of fun and can be highly educational. All ages are welcome. 

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan

Bad news: School starts in little more than a month. Good news: That means there’s still plenty of time for summer reading.  And if think you’re going to have it difficult with your classes come the fall, you have nothing on Will.

'Umbrella Academy' - Volume One

Apocalypse Suite, volume one of Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and

The Civil War for Kids

Commemorating the Sesquicentennial

The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War is this year.  It's also called the “sesquicentennial” (try saying that 10 times fast!). 

Bayard Rustin, the March on Washington and LGBT Community

Bayard Rustin played a seminal role in the American Civil Rights Movement.  In 1947, he helped plan the Freedom Rides, a tour of cities in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky designed to challenge racial segregration.  Among a number of challenges in the early 1960s, he withstood violent attacks and jail time for his acts of civil disobedience.

DC By the Book

Children Testing Themselves

DC By the Book covers literature for all ages. Readers need to know of two novels about protagonists who seek to prove themselves by taking on responsibility and risk beyond their years.

Book Review: 'The Okinawa Program'

How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health

I first read The Okinawa Program some years ago, and it permanently changed my eating habits for the better.

Budding Young Poets

During the Dig into Poetry and Jazz program held June 25 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s children’s room, a number of young aspiring poets were discovered. After listening to various types of jazz music and learning about some of the great jazz musicians such as Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Ella Fitzgerald, the children experienced poetry through recitation and playing a poetry word game. 

DC By the Book

Gilded and Jaded

DC By the Book mapping project is in full bloom with many sites of D.C. literature placed on the map.Two more novel candidates are the classic Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Young Adult fave author Rachel Cohn's You Know Where to Find Me.

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