News Releases

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014

A Conversation About Education in Washington, DC

Published on Friday, September 12, 2014
On Wednesday, Sept.10, Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way," led a discussion on the state of education in the District of Columbia. Scott Cartland, former principal, Janney Elementary School, current principal, Wheatley Education Campus; Alexandra Pardo, executive director, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School; and Andria Caruthers, principal, West Education Campus joined Ripley. 
 
The panelists discussed if the District’s attempts to improve public education over the past few years have been successful.  

Published on Monday, September 8, 2014

National Public Radio visited the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library for a story on the release of four lesser-known Dr Seuss stories. “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories” compiles four Seuss's stories that were published in Redbook magazine in the 1950s.  While the stories do not have as many pictures, the stories are expected to keep young readers, like 5-year-old Eva Steinman, entertained.

To listen to the story, click here.

A Conversation About Education in Washington, DC

Published on Thursday, September 4, 2014
Over the past few years, public education in the District of Columbia has been transformed - from the IMPACT rating system for teachers; school closings; boundary and feeder changes; and major facilities improvements to an explosion of Public Charter Schools. Have these attempts to close the achievement gap worked? Are schools better?
 
On Wednesday, Sept.10, Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way," will lead a discussion on the state of education in the District of Columbia. Scott Cartland, former principal, Janney Elementary School, current principal, Wheatley Education Campus; Alexandra Pardo, executive director, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School; and Andria Caruthers, principal, West Education Campus will join Ripley. 
 

Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014
In today’s Washington Post, The Library’s U Street Oral History Project was profiled.  Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services,  the project establishes an archive at the Library dedicated to stories of mid-20th-century U Street, a once thriving center of the District’s Black community. The project is being led by Special Collections Librarian Kelly Navies and includes the oral histories of people who knew the neighborhood in its heyday as “Black Broadway.”  
 
To read the article from The Washington Post, click here.  To learn more about the U Street Oral History Project, including how you can share your story, click here.  

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014
Peter Timko, a library associate in Digital Commons, wrote an article for The Library as Incubator Project, a website that highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together. Timko discusses the Library's Digital Audio Storytelling classes, a hands-on course he teaches that challenges to students to tell their own stories.  
 
Want to know more?
  • Read Timko’s article at The Library as Incubator Project by clicking here
  • Check out the Library’s podcasts on this website and on iTunes by clicking here.

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. 
 

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