News Releases

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.

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  So much of what really happened has been replaced by tall tales and local lore.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

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Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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.

Published on Friday, June 20, 2014
Jerry McCoy, special collections librarian at the DC Public Library recently received a DAR History Award Medal award from the Monticello Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The DAR History Award Medal is presented to an individual or group whose study and/or promotion of some aspect of American history regionally or nationally has significantly advanced the understanding of America's past.
McCoy won for his professional and volunteer activities; including his work with the Library’s Washingtoniana Collection.

Published on Thursday, June 19, 2014
This morning, Washington Nationals Outfielder Denard Span chatted with the news team at Fox’s Good Day D.C.  In addition to preparing to start their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, Span talked about being excited that the Nationals are partnering with the DC Public Library for the Summer Reading Program. 
The Summer Reading Program is the largest program in the city that addresses the “summer slide,” or the loss of learning that children experience during the summer months. School-aged children and teens who finish the program will earn two tickets to a Washington Nationals game.

Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Today, Marion Barry's autobiography, "Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.," is being released.  Written with novelist Omar Tyree, “Mayor for Life”  covers the 78-year-old Barry’s upbringing, involvement in the Civil Rights movement as well as his four decades in District politics.