Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

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.

The Food Trucks are Coming!

Come join us for some food, fun and music as we kick off Books & Bites -- a limited engagement with some of D.C.'s tastiest food trucks in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.We're kicking off this delicious series on Wednesday, Aug. 8 with the East of the River Police Boys and Girls Steel Band, starting at 11 a.m. Come join us!And if you can't make it out on Wednesday, the trucks will be back next week. But this food truck special is only for a limited time, so don't dally.

Motivational Moustaches

Part II: Robert Louis Stevenson

Scottish-born Robert Louis Stevenson is recognized today as one of the most popular British authors by the end of the nineteenth century. What few people realize is that this world-renowned author was somewhat of a misfit growing up.

Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, an impressive essayist, critic, playwright, political activist, novelist, screenwriter and general raconteur raised in the Washington, D.C. area, passed away July 31, 2012.