Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

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


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.  

Practice Reading and Make a New Friend

Meet Daisy and Ann: PAL Volunteers at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Once a month at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, dogs and their owners from People Animals Love (PAL) come to help children practice their reading skills through the Read to a Four-Legged Friend program. PAL was founded by veterinarian Dr. Earl Strimple, who frequently saw the positive relationships that take place between animals and humans.

Discover the Joy of Birds This Spring!

National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America

This little book will surprise even experienced birders with its word and picture portraits of what makes 160 of our most common birds anything but ordinary.  It packs an amazing amount of readable -- and intriguing -- information into a very small space.  The pictures not only show typical behaviors but succeed as attention grabbers in themselves.  The text is unique among

Database Review: Reference USA

Reference USA is a powerful and useful database for a variety of searches. It can be used to find business and healthcare listings in both the United States and Canada. Searches can be easily customized. The healthcare search allows you to limit search by geography, specialty, and even the number of patients a physician sees per week.

Brown Bag Concert Series

Thursday, May 2

There will be a performance in the Brown Bag Concert series on Thursday, May 2 at noon, in room A-5, at the MLK library.The concert will include classical music selections for cello and/or piano.  The performers are local professional musicians, who have been playing, on the first Thursday of each month, for more than 10 years.

Reading in the Stacks

Trialogue 2013

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, the DC Public Library is pleased to host "Reading in the Stacks" featuring local poet Joseph Ross.

How to Deal

Resources for Stressed Out Teens

There is a lot going on in the world . . . tragic bombings, terrorist mail, deadly explosions and threats of war. There are also the every day conflicts and stresses of school, work, and home. Things can overwhelm you and you may feel heightened feelings of anxiety and sadness.