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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:
 
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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.

Published on Monday, July 7, 2014
August will mark the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, D.C. as part of the War of 1812.  So much of what really happened has been replaced by tall tales and local lore. Ralph Eshelman, a War of 1812 historian, has visited every known War of 1812 location in the region.  He has named three of the biggest myths surrounding the burning of Washington.
 
Myth 1: The British Burned Washington

Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014
Today, StateTech Magazine featured the DC Public Library’s Digital Commons in a story about library systems that are imagining and creating libraries of the future.  Digital Commons, which opened almost year ago, has become one of the DC Public Library’s most visited locations because of the classes and technology offered to people and businesses. To read the article, “How Technology is Reinventing the Library Experience,” click here
 

Watch the Entire Discussion

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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On Thursday, July 10 the DC Public Library held an online panel discussion exploring the design of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation.

Published on Monday, June 23, 2014
Today, the West End Interim Library opened for service.   Located in the Watergate Complex at 2522 Virginia Ave., this 4,000 square foot space features separate areas for children, teens and adults, 20 computers and a meeting room for 40 people. The closet metro stop is Foggy Bottom – George Washington University.   
 
The West End Neighborhood Library, at 1101 24th Street NW, will be rebuilt. The new library will be part of a mixed use project being built by EastBanc real estate development company. To learn more about the new West End Library construction project, click here.  
 

Ricardo Thornton to Join President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Published on Friday, June 20, 2014
Yesterday, President Obama announced his intent to appoint DC Public Library employee Ricardo Thornton Sr. to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  
 
Established in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) provides advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of intellectual disabilities. The Committee’s mission is to improve the quality of life that is experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination, and life-long participation in their respective communities.
 

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