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Published on Monday, August 18, 2014

Author Talk on the History of the Washington Metro

Published on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The story of Washington’s Metro sheds light on the development of DC metropolitan area, postwar urban policy, and the strengths and weaknesses of rail transit in American cities.
Author Zachary M. Schrag will discuss the subway system’s story and his book, "The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro" on Tues. Aug. 26 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
On average, 725,770 people ride Washington’s Metro every day, making it the second-busiest subway system in the country.  Yet, unlike the subway systems in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, the Metro was built when most American cities had dedicated themselves to freeways, not subways.

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014
On Thurs., Sept. 11, Dr. Karsonya Wise-Whitehead will discuss and sign her book, “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.”
In “Notes from a Colored Girl,” Wise-Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn 21-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Wise-Whitehead explores Davis’s world views and politics; her perceptions of both public and private events; her personal relationships and her place in Philadelphia’s free Black community in the 19th century.  

Published on Thursday, August 14, 2014
Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal ran a column that compared the companies offering monthly subscription e-book services to the public library’s e-book offerings.  The Journal noted two differences to borrow your e-books out from the library. First, libraries offer many of the same e-books that companies offer for free. In addition, the Journal points out that libraries “have one killer feature that the others don't: e-books you actually want to read.” The are referring to the new pay services not having many of the recent fiction and non-fiction best-sellers. 

Digitial Commons Featured in Fast Company Magazine

Published on Friday, August 8, 2014
Last week, Fast Company magazine visited the Digital Commons and Dream Lab for an article about libraries creating co-working spaces for local startup companies. To see what they say about the growing number of public libraries offering workspaces, and about some of our Dream Lab members, click here.  To learn more about Digital Commons, click here.

Published on Friday, August 1, 2014
Know an author who calls the District home? The DC Public Library invites them to display, sell and discuss their books at the DC Author Festival. 
The festival, which will take place on Oct. 18 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, aims to connect local authors with readers; show how the Library can support local writers; and encourage more District residents to write and publish books.
The day-long festival will include 32 author talks; workshops for emerging authors; a book sale featuring local authors and publishers; and a special keynote presentation. 
Applications are being accepted for authors and publishers to sell their books and to fill the 32 slots for author talks. The deadline for submissions is August 14. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The New York Times bestselling Queen of Erotica Zane will discuss and sign her new novel, “The Other Side of the Pillow” on Aug. 5 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 
Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her. So she decides to give up and join the party by adapting the entire “friends with benefits" mentality with a couple of men that she beds on the regular but refuses to hold any kind of real conversation with, in fear that she might actually catch feelings.  Everything is going according to plan until she meets Dr. Tevin Harris.

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Last weekend’s Washington Post featured an article about David Belton's journey to rebuild his life after serving 40 years in prison. One of the things that Belton did was attend free programs at the DC Public Library, including an introduction to personal computers class.  The Library offers computer classes at locations across the city ranging from PC Basics to Introduction to 3-D Printing. To see a complete list of computer classes, click here.  To read more about David Belton, click here.

Four Nationals Players Swing by Four Neighborhood Libraries

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014
Four members of the Washington Nationals team took a break from the diamond last Saturday, July 19 to visit four neighborhood libraries.
The Anacostia, Deanwood, Mount Pleasant, and Tenley-Friendship Libraries hosted ballplayers Denard Span, Drew Storen, and Scott Hairston along with manager Matt Williams for an afternoon or fun and reading. Each Nationals member read one of their favorite baseball-themed stories to a crowd of excited youngsters and parents, then took some time to answer a few questions about reading and life in the big leagues. Check out a few pictures from the events below:

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014
A year and a day ago, the DC Public Library opened the Digital Commons.  Today, the 11,000 square-foot room is a popular place for entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, tech novices and students. 
Featuring 3-D printers, a book printing machine and more than 80 public computers, Digital Commons is a pace where the public can connect, collaborate, co-work and learn new technology for free.  Here’s a snapshot of what has happened in the Digital Commons’ first year:

Published on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The DC Public Library has made it easier for customers to discover the e-books, audiobooks, music and videos that people can borrow when they visit their library. Media stations are being installed at libraries citywide that let customers browse downloadable titles using touch and swipe gestures. 

Powered by the Library’s digital partner OverDrive, customers can scroll through the top 100 most popular titles, new releases, titles by subject and titles by language. Specific titles can be searched using an on-screen keyboard.  Excerpts of all items can be read, watched or heard. Customers can then send themselves an email, text message or scan the QR code of an item that they want to borrow.