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Library Giving Away Tickets to Promote Downloadable Music

Published on Thursday, November 7, 2013

Did you miss out on getting tickets to the upcoming Beyoncé or P!nk concerts at the Verizon Center? Now through Dec. 7, the DC Public Library is giving away two tickets to both shows as part of The Great Fall Concert Ticket Giveaway.
To enter the contest, library card holders need to log in to Freegal Music using their library card number and fill out an online entry form. Entries for the P!NK: The Truth About Love Tour will be from Nov. 1 through Nov. 14. One winner will be selected for two tickets to the Nov. 24 P!nk concert. Entries for Beyoncé: The Mrs. Carter Show will be from Nov. 24 through Dec. 7. One winner will be selected for two tickets to the Dec. 18 Beyoncé concert.  

Upgrade Will Involve Planned Outages from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6.

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2013

On Thurs., Nov. 7, the DC Public Library will release a new and improved online catalog. The transition to the new catalog will start on Nov. 4 with library customers having limited or no access to the online catalog during the upgrade.

The improved catalog will make it easier for library customers find books, eBooks, DVDs, audiobooks and more. The new catalog will also let customers search from the library’s Facebook page, renew checked out items with one click, text details about an item to a cell phone and find an item even if they don’t have the correct spelling. The catalog will also be available in multiple languages including Spanish, French and Chinese.

In order to switch to the new catalog, the following outages are planned:

Volunteer support and informational workshops address common concerns

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

For many Americans 50 and older, uncertainty is the new normal.  Now more than ever, older adults are often having to balance work, home and family and may be unsure of where to turn to find resources and support. In the District, a pilot partnership between the DC Public Library and AARP Foundation launched today to help older adults connect to important resources and get advice and assistance from trained volunteers; all while socializing with their neighbors.

New Online Platform Launched to Seek Public Input, Feedback Shared with Firms

Published on Friday, October 18, 2013

Today, ten firms were selected to move to the next round in the search for an architect team to help design the next generation Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.

The firms (listed below) are invited to respond to a request for technical proposal which goal is to determine how firms would approach designing the library.  Proposals are due Nov. 18. A pre-submittal conference will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. No firms are expected to submit design concepts during this round. Instead, proposals will be judged by a team of library, urban planning, architecture and preservation experts that will look at the firms’

Expanded hours to begin citywide Oct. 1, 2013

Published on Monday, September 23, 2013

Today, the DC Public Library welcomed 117 new employees for orientation.  The new hires support the library's new schedule for fiscal year 2014.  

"Expanded hours are a win-win for those who rely on the library being open when they need it and for the 117 people who are now our newest colleagues," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library. "The leadership of Mayor Gray and the City Council has ensured that your library has the people in place to support the new hours. Their commitment means more time to read, do homework, use a computer and attend community meetings at your library."

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

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 Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will take place at the Anacostia Library, located at 1801 Good Hope Road S.E.  Board of Library Trustees meetings are open to the public and are generally held on the fourth Wednesday every other month at Library locations throughout the system.

Library's Sing Talk and Read Family Festival Offers Free Books, Games, Workshops

Published on Thursday, September 12, 2013

This Saturday, the DC Public Library is showing all of the ways parents can help young children build their vocabularies, fall in love with reading and develop the skills needed for school -- beyond just books -- at the STAR (Sing, Talk and Read) Family Festival.

Saturday’s event is hosted by the Library and backed by research showing that conversations, gestures and interactions between parents/caregivers and children from birth builds a foundation for learning. The festival will promote ways to weave singing, talking and reading into daily activities.

Recipient of the 2013 Small Press Expo Graphic Novel Gift Program

Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today The Small Press Expo (SPX) has named the District of Columbia Public Library the 2013 recipient of its Graphic Novel Gift Program. Two-hundred and fifty graphic novels, representing 63 different titles from 5 different publishers, will be added to the collections at the Rosedale and William O. Lockridge/Bellevue libraries.  

"The library takes pride in offering the books that people want at their library," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library. "With the growing popularity of graphic novels, this gift allows District residents the opportunity to discover new titles and characters at their Library.  We cannot thank the Small Book Expo enough for this donation."

Published on Monday, August 19, 2013

Love your library?  Love Chipotle? Library supporters who visit select Chipotle restaurants from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 will have 50 percent of the cost of their meal donated to the DC Public Library Foundation.
The following Chipotle D.C. locations will be participating:  

Published on Thursday, July 25, 2013

The DC Public Library is looking for a talented artist to leave their mark on the new Digital Commons. They are sponsoring a logo contest for the new the Dream Lab.
The winning logo will be used in printed material, on the web site and on social media. The winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card.

Digital Commons and the Dream Lab are part of your library's effort to make sure that District residents are kept up-to-date as technology continues to change the world around us," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the DC Public Library. "By giving people the chance to learn how to use the Adobe Creative Suite software, experienced designers and a person who is talented can create a logo and enter this contest."