Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Hosted by Special Collections at MLK Library, November 3-6

Published on Friday, October 28, 2011

This conference features lively presentations and cutting edge research related to the history of Washington, D.C. The conference opens with a reception and the Letitia Woods Brown Lecture given by Kenneth J. Winkle, Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on Thursday, November 3, from 6:15-7:30 p.m.  The title of Winkle’s presentation is “Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, D.C.”  This event takes place at the Goethe Institute (812 7th St. N.W.). All other conference sessions will be held at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library.

Urban Land Institute to Conduct Five-day Review

Published on Thursday, October 27, 2011

The DC Public Library in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), will engage the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to review and assess the value of the Mies van der Rohe designed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building, 901 G St., NW, and make recommendations on how to leverage the value of the building to benefit the District of Columbia.

October 13 -16, 2011

Published on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Image of Dr. King's MemorialEnjoy exhibits and programs all week at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Click here to view program schedule.

Published on Monday, October 3, 2011

The DC Public Library is pleased to welcome local Maryland historian and author Anthony Pitch.  He will be speaking about his latest book They Have Killed Papa Dead!  The event is at 6:30 p.m. in the Washingtoniana Division (Room 307) on Tuesday, October 25.

They Have Killed Papa Dead! is about the events leading up to President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre and its effect on the nation. This was not the first time someone attempted to kill him; threats to the President’s life originated as early as 1861.  They Have Killed Papa Dead! was awarded best book from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.

Published on Friday, September 30, 2011

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. The MLK Children’s Library has some wonderful children’s books celebrating different Latino cultures available for check-out. Another important collection is the foreign language books at MLK, with children’s books in several languages (including Spanish), and our assortment of bilingual books. ¡Feliz lectura!

Becoming Naomi LeonBecoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy

Under the Royal Palms: My Childhood in Cuba by Alma Flor Ada

Published on Friday, September 30, 2011

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that funding will be made available to ensure the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will remain open on Sundays.

"The library plays an important role in supporting education for students of all ages and providing job search and career assistance," said Mayor Gray. "We are pleased we were able to identify funding to keep the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library open on Sundays."

The library will receive $316,000 for Sunday hours, ensuring that residents continue to have library service seven days a week. The funding also ensures that the library remains open on Sundays, as it has continuously since 1972, the year it opened.

Published on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Accessibility DC is an unconference on web accessibility. An unconference is an open, user-generated, participatory workshop-event, where topics of discussion are determined by participants on the day of the event. Audience includes web developers, accessibility experts and adaptive technology users. 

For more information, go to:
To register, go to:

Martin Luther King Library
901 G St. N.W.
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20001-4531

Published on Thursday, September 15, 2011

Come learn more about the Friends and how you can get involved to support the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Room A-9
Questions?  Contact LaToya Thomas at

Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Adaptive Services educates users in basic computer skills with adaptive technology.

Our core curriculum trains users how to:

  • Navigate the internet
  • Use email
  • Create and edit a Microsoft Word document. 

 Our curriculum is available from the blog, Adaptive Technology Tips and Hints:
Our interactive training website, Adaptive
Services Internet Classroom, can be found at:

Online self-paced training is available from the following websites:

Visit the Adaptive Services Home Page.

Published on Monday, September 12, 2011

Soul of a PeopleJoin us on the evening of Tuesday, September 20, for a book talk with local author David A. Taylor, who will discuss his book Soul of a People: the WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America.  The book tells the story of the unemployed men and women who found relief from the Great Depression on the WPA Writers’ Project. A few of them became famous later, including Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, pulp writer Jim Thompson, John Cheever and Studs Terkel, while others are less known today. To survive, they reported on local history and life for state guidebooks.