Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Black Studies Center Poetry Series

An evening with Derrick Weston Brown

Please join us on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. for a special evening of poetry with Derrick Weston Brown, founding Poet-in-Residence of Busboys and Poets.

Muslim Journeys: American Muslim Women Seeking Change

Dr. Zainab Alwani, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Howard University School of Divinity

Holidays Off the Beaten Path

Finally, it’s warm!!! Barbeques, Memorial Day celebrations, and the end of school is just ahead…along with pollen, bee stings and poison ivy.

'CONNECT 4 '

A Series of Public Installation Artworks at MLK Library

Paul Huljich Author Talk

'Stress Pandemic'

In observance of National Mental Health Month, the DC Public Library welcomes author Paul Huljich to discuss his recent book Stress Pandemic.

Letters About Literature - DC Winners

"When I want water, I turn on the tap.  When it’s dark, I turn on the light.  While my life is so different than yours, I was still so touched by your books because they helped me to finally understand the life of someone I love: my father."

Behind The Great Gatsby

On Friday, May 10, the latest film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby will be released.

Pop Movies, Every Tuesday

A Weekly Film Series for Adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5

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Who's Afraid of the Dark? Not Us!

Books for overcoming night fright

Monsters under the bed, and ghosts in the closet.  Creaky sounds, and strange shapes -- for kids, all kinds of spooky sensations can come to life once the lights go down.  Though not unusual, fear of the dark definitely hits some children harder than others.  Fortunately, this is nothing new, and over the years a number of great picture books have come out that specifically address this fear, and offer kids tools and strategies for overcoming it.   

The Wormleys: Free Blacks in the Civil War Era

D.C. Emancipation Day recognizes the end of human bondage in the District of Columbia.  On April 16, 1862, the celebration began shortly after President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act.  It led to the freeing of nearly 3,100 slaves, reimbursed slaveholders and offered the newly freed men and women funds to emigrate.  

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