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DC Public Library to Develop Strategic Plan

Seeks Resident Feedback

District residents have the opportunity to help shape the future of the DC Public Library system. Starting this month, the Library will begin collecting input for its new strategic plan.  

Hundreds Attend This Year’s Sing, Talk and Read Festival

The Washington Afro-American profiled the Library’s Sing, Talk and Read Family Festival. More than 500 people attended the day-long event that showcased the many ways parents can help young children build their vocabularies, fall in love with reading and develop the skills they will need when they start school — often without books.   The Sing Talk and Read DC program is a citywide initiative based on research showing that conversations, singing and interactions between parents/caregivers and children from birth build a foundation for learning. 

DC Public Library Executive Director Congratulates New York Public Library on its Selection of Mecanoo for Central Library Renovations

 Today, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan congratulated the New York Public Library and its leadership for their selection of the architecture firm Mecanoo to lead the $300 million renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library and Stephen A. Schwarzman building.  

Library Go-Go Archive Profiled in Washington Post

Recently, the DC Public Library relaunched its effort to collect items that tell the story of Go-Go music.  Library Archivist Derek Gray spoke to the Washington Post about preserving Go-Go's legacy and how the public can donate memorabilia.  To read the article, click here

3D Printing on Great Day Washington

Today, Adam Schaeffer, a Library Associate in the Fab Lab, stopped by CBS Washington’s morning news program, “Great Day Washington.” Adam gave host Chris Leary a tour of the space and helped him create a unique 3D print. To see the news segment on the Fab Lab, click here

Local Restaurants Offer Banned-Book Themed Cocktails

Zaytinya, Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Mockingbird Hill Participating in Library Celebration

Can’t wait to try banned-book themed cocktails at the DC Public Library’s UNCENSORED Opening Night? This year, you can try a limited number of the beverages at local restaurants leading up to the September 25 event.   Zaytinya, Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Mockingbird Hill are featuring banned-book themed cocktails leading up to the September 25 event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  

Washington City Paper Writes About The Labs at DC Public Library

Recently, the Washington City Paper visited two new spaces at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The Fabrication Lab, or Fab Lab, is a 900-square-foot space that features materials, tools and technology to allow for hands-on exploration and learning by doing. Customers will be able to use equipment like 3-D printers, laser cutters, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines and soldering equipment. 

Download New, Improved Library App

DC Public Library users have a new way to visit the library on their cell phones and tablets. The Library is upgrading its mobile app to make accessing the library online even simpler.

Library Provides Update on Language Outreach Programs and Services at Board of Library Trustee Meeting

In keeping with the DC Language Access Act of 2004, the Library will update the public on the programs and services offered to the Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, French and Vietnamese speaking communities as outlined in the Language Access Plan for Fiscal Year 2013.  The update will take place at the Board of Library Trustees meeting on July 20 at 6 p.m.

Does Shifting Black Hair Care Market Mean Acceptance of Natural Hairstyles

Exhibit and Discussions Explore Beauty Standards Related to Hair

The Black hair care market is going through a fundamental change.  The sales of relaxers are estimated to fall from $206 million in 2008 to $72 million in 2019. But does the decline of relaxer sales translate into an increased acceptance of Black women’s natural hairstyles?  This April, the DC Public Library is hosting a photography exhibit, a panel discussion and an author talk that explores the experience of Black women who wear natural hairstyles. Key events: