Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

In My Father's Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate

In My Father's Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate, is a riveting and harrowing account of an Afghan woman’s journey from her native war-torn homeland to her new adoptive country of the United States. From the day Saima was born, her father knew she was destined to be great.

'Red Hats': A Novel

Red Hats is a warm, funny and heart wrenching debut novel by noted comedian and actor Damon Wayans.

Fall Spirit

Book and Boubon Pairings

Fall is here and with it comes the lure of changing colors, warmth, woodsmoke, gravy and sweaters. Almost nothing is better paired with those items better than bourbon and a book. Fortunately your library has you covered on all counts.

Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends

Whenever I hear about a celebrity cookbook I tend to brush it off as some sort of narcissism, believing that it's impossible for someone like Eva Longoria to be that talented of an actor, that traditionally beautiful and be that adept in the kitchen.

Pop! Meet Kial

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 Kial.

Omnibus Film & Lecture Series


Silvia Kofler, Spokesperson & Head of Press and Public Diplomacy, Delegation of the European Union, will discuss her office’s role as the public face of the 27 nation organization, Second-Floor West Lobby.

Refugee Resettlement as a Life-Saving Option

Omnibus Film & Lecture Series

Refugee Resettlement as a Life Saving Option: Monday, Oct. 29 - 6:30pm, Second Floor West LobbyWe are proud to host a panel discussion, moderated by Erica Marcus, Communications and Advocacy Manager, International Rescue Committee.The presentation will include:

Motivational Moustaches

Part III: J.M. Barrie

“All children, except one, grow up.”Of course, this is the famous first line from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.It is safe to say the Peter Pan who comes to mind today is not the dynamic brainchild created by Barrie. Barrie’s Peter Pan is fanciful, sophisticated, and witty. As real-to-life as he is magical, Peter Pan is a typical boy, except for the fact that he can fly and lives in a place that dumbfounds Google Maps.Peter Pan is an exaggerated stereotype: cocky, boastful, careless. With his reckless attitude and quick-fire remarks, he is the poster boy for youthful innocence ... and arrogance. Blissfully unaware of the dangers of swordplay, the permanence of death, and the consequences of both, Peter Pan floats through his life in a physical and mental state of eternal youth, a state J.M. Barrie remained in physically as well.

Azar Nafisi

Celebrates DC Reads

The DC Public Library celebrates the joy of reading with Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi during its DC Reads citywide reading program from October 15-November 15, 2012.

Jackie Collins novels are fun to read

"Jackie Collins's Poor Little Bitch Girl contains a unique form of synactics that exemplifies the openly humanistic need for effortless, albeit exciting, access to non-empirically acquired experiences. Collins explores the rich tensions of consciousness within the characters, promoting a noesis of experience by subjecting her characters to intense and often morally comp