Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Closed Sunday

Due to Hurricane Irene’s expected impact on the Washington, D.C. area this weekend, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is closed Sunday, August 28.Visit the DC Public Library 24/7 @ dclibrary.org.

Celebrate Dr. King's Life and Legacy

Saturday and Sunday King Memorial Dedication programs have been canceled in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. */ Beginning August 22, DC Public Library will host a series of programs to celebrate Dr. King's National Memorial Dedication.  Enjoy exhibits, concerts, film screenings, a book signing and more.

Harry and the Potters

Ever wonder what would have happened if Harry Potter ditched Hogwarts and started a punk rock band instead?

So You Want Drama?

"All the world's a stage," and the Washington, D.C., area has got quite its share of them.  We are lucky to have a large number of theater companies running shows throughout the year featuring many talented actors and actresses: local, national and international. Many plays and musicals will run here in D.C. first before heading up to New York to run on Broadway.  Here's a taste of some current and upcoming performances in town, including links to library copies of the plays.

Kola Boof

Kola Boof is the author of several novels and poetry collections, including Flesh and the Devil and Nile River Woman. Come to the library to hear a discussion of her novel The Sexy Part of the Bible.

Pop Movies, Every Tuesday

June 7   True Grit: Lively western tale of a young girl out to avenge her father’s murder. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld.  110 minutes. ©2010, PG-13.June 14  Battle: Los Angeles:  Action-filled sci-fi adventure; a platoon of marines vs. alien invaders! Starring Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez and Ne-Yo. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. 116 minutes. ©2011, PG-13.

Reel Reads

Are you a big fan of both movies and books? Do you love watching your favorite books come to life on the big screen? Come to Martin Luther King Jr. Library every Saturday at 1 p.m., room A-10. See the magic of books made into movies, through the weekly Saturday program at the Library.  Les MiserablesMay 14, 1 p.m. PG-13, 134 minutesBased on the book by Victor Hugo. Animal FarmMay 21, 1 p.m. PG, 91 minutesBased on the novel by George Orwell.

Commemorating the Civil War: 150 Year Anniversary

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the library presents a selection of books from the History & Biography Division during April. The display is located opposite the Information desk in the Great Hall.To see more books about the Civil War, please visit the History & Biography Division (Room 207) on the second floor. We have a large collection on the period!Was what it like to be in D.C. during the Civil War? You can find books and period newspapers in the Washingtoniana Division (Room 307) on the third floor.

Free Movies at the Library

Are you tired of paying the ever-increasing ticket price but enjoy going to the movies?  Come to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library every week, and watch popular movies free. Every Tuesday of every month, the library shows new movie releases and a classic. The library also offers thousands of new, classic and foreign language films and television series that you can check out and take home, also for free, using your library card.Popular movies, every Tuesday in April include:

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