Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library


Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

The DC area has seen a lot of winter in the past few months, and now we have a reason to celebrate the season with the rest of the world: the 2010 Winter Olympics!Held every four years, the Winter Olympics is a multi-sport competition that features winter sports held on snow and ice. Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, and Snowboarding are just a few of the events you can watch. The Olympics are well under way, and will continue until Feb 28, 2010. You can get information on all your favorite winter sports at Vancouver 2010.

All Programs Canceled

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Library closes at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8.  All programs, classes and events are canceled through Thursday, Feb. 11.

And the Winners Are...

American Library Association 2010 Media Awards

Every January, the American Library Association (ALA) presents the Youth Media Awards, which celebrate the best in children's and teens' books and media. The winners in the "Oscars of children’s books" include:John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

Displaced: Gentrification and Homelessness--RESCHEDULED

Panel Discussion--Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 PM

What is the connection between gentrification and homelessness? How have shifts in the development of business districts and residential neighborhoods in D.C. affected the homeless population? How have local government and local organizations been addressing the issue of affordable housing for D.C.’s most economically disadvantaged residents? Learn more at this panel discussion with advocates from Empower DC and National Coalition for the Homeless. Monday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. Room A-2.

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

An Exhibition of Washingtoniana Photographs

The Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library presents an exhibit of photographs from the Star newspaper archives of Elvis Presley in honor of his 75th birthday on January 8, 2010. The exhibit opens on Elvis' birthday and will be on display until January 17.  It is located in Room 307 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. N.W.

The Breakdown: Mental Health & Homelessness

Monday, January 11 2010 6:30 PM, room A2

What is the connection between mental health and homelessness? How could psychological and psychosocial conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia lead to homelessness? What are some resources available for people and supporters of people with mental illness, that may prevent them from ending up without a home?Join DC Public Library and National Coalition for the Homeless as we explore these questions, in our second monthly panel discussion on the intersecting issues of homelessness. January 11, 6:30 p.m., Room A-2.

Visit Washingtoniana's Latest Exhibit

Learn About D.C.'s Rhodes Tavern, 1799-1984

Exhibit of photographs and memoribilia marking the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Rhodes Tavern, Washington, DC’s first unofficial city hall.  On display through January 29, 2010 in the Washingtoniana Division, Room 307. Materials on loan from local historians/preservationists Joe Grano and Nelson Rimensnyder.  

Washingtoniana Photo Archivist Gives Author Talk & Radio Interview

Mark Greek Will Discuss His New Book "Washington DC Protests"

Join us on Tuesday December 15th at 6:30pm as Washingtoniana Photo Archivist Mark Greek discusses his new book: "Washington DC Protests: Scenes from Home Rule to the Civil Rights Movement."  The author talk will take place in the Washingtoniana Division, Room 307.Also, don't miss Mark as he appears on the Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU 88.5) Tuesday afternoon at 1pm. He will discuss his book and the topic of Home Rule with other guests, including WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin.

Writing Workshop – I Can Write

Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

No Homes for the Brave: Homelessness and Veterans' Issues

Monday, December 14 2009, 6:30 p.m.

DC Public Library's Teens of Distinction Program, in partnership with the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), launches the first in a series of seven presentations about homelessness.This month, we explore the issue of veterans and homelessness. Join the library and the coalition as we delve deeper into this complex issue. Featured are veterans' and homelessness advocates from NCH's Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau and the Baltimore-based organization, Beans and Bread. Monday December 14, 6:30-8:30 pm., Room A10.