Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Pop[ular] Punk

Featuring Cowabunga!

Cowabunga! is a pop punk band from Northern Virginia composed of Ian Marsh, Keven Loiselle, Joe Murray, Tommy Wiseman, and Jordan Black. Not your stereotypical collection of 20-something burnouts, these boys mix hardcore house shows with full-time course loads. They've survived college, numerous tours along the East Coast, Virginia's super storms, and still managed to make time to release three EPs, with another on the way. And that's not the most impressive thing about these guys from Washington's backyard.I had the pleasure to chat with these guys between shows this past July. Read on to learn more about their tour life, recording process, first kisses, future plans and whether or not they think Chad Gilbert and Hayley Williams will last.

Pop!: Meet Leandria

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.Meet Leandria.Architect Mies van der Rohe once said that God is in the details. While he passed away decades before recent Howard University graduate Leandria, 21, stepped into the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library—incidentally, a library that he himself designed—Leandria nevertheless took a cue from van der Rohe in constructing her outfit.Simplicity done well is more difficult than one would think; anyone can just throw on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt and call it a day. It takes an affinity for detail that elevates basic pieces into something stylistically inimitable, and, ultimately, stylistically yours. Leandria's outfit has it in the [Michael Kors] bag. Read more about her after the jump.

Join MLK's Russian Literature Book Club

Brooding. Laughter. Drinking. Love triangles. Sex. Adultery. Murder.Sounds like the makings of a Jackie Collins novel. But, actually, I'm referring to Russian literature.

A D.C. Poet Remembered

On September 1, 1992, a stroke at the tender age of 46 cut short the life of Ed Cox, native Washingtonian and poet. Fortunately for us, poet Richard Peabody published Cox's posthumous Collected Poems in 2001.

MLK 40th Anniversary '70s Film Festival

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library with unforgettable movies from the 1970s, Wednesday, August 22 to Friday, August 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room A-5.See classics such as Car Wash, Cornbread, Earl & Me and Cabaret!

'70s Style Family Block Party

MLK 40th Anniversary Old Skool/Nu Skool/Back to School Celebration

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the MLK Library, join us Saturday, August 25, 1 to 5 p.m. for Old Skool/Nu Skool/Back to School, a '70s style family block party, featuring:* Celebration of Chuck Brown's Birthday with a presentation by D.C. music legend Jimi Dougans of the Young Senators* Performance by '70s funk/R&B group Cops Come Knockin'

MLK Memorial Library Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary with Courtland Milloy

On August 21, 1972, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors for the very first time. Come join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this iconic Mies van der Rohe building on Tuesday, August 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall.

eBook Classics: 'The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge'

We all have a list of classic books we have meant to read over the years, and we also have our favorite classics that we like to revisit from time to time. We invite you to take advantage of thousands of classic titles that are always readily available for download through the DC Public Library’s website.

Meet the Totem Promo Team

Cirque du Soleil Is Coming To Town

Learn to juggle, get your face painted and enter for a chance to win tickets to see Totem at the National Harbor. The Totem Promo Team has lots of fun activities planned. Don't miss the opportunity to interact with them Friday, August 10 at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall. This program is fun for all ages.

Food Trucks Occupy DC Public Library

Something really exciting has been happening in D.C. over the last few years.  There’s been an explosion of food trucks in the downtown area.  D.C.