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Published on Friday, November 18, 2011

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) presented its findings and recommendations today at a public meeting on the use and potential of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building.   The ULI findings are designed to help guide District leaders and residents in making decisions about the use of the building.

“The recommendations presented today will be used to begin a conversation with elected leaders and the public about what is possible for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “As the remaining neighborhood libraries are being rebuilt or renovated, now is the time to begin planning how to provide modern library service at a downtown central library.” 

Accomplished Nonprofit and Political Fundraiser to Transform Organization

Published on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) announces the selection of Linnea Dyer Hegarty as the organization’s next executive director. DCPLF is a nonprofit organization that provides a margin of excellence to the DC Public Library with resources that supplement local government funding.

Photos and Stories from “The Color of Hay; The Peasants of Maramureş”

Published on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Maramureş Valley in Northern Romania is so remote that generations of peasant farming practices remained intact.  As modern amenities like cable TV began to reach the region, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin documented how the people changed.   On December 15, McLaughlin will share her experience and photographs from her book, “The Color of Hay; The Peasants of Maramureş” at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, October 31, 2011

The DC Public Library’s Teen Coordinator, Rebecca Renard, presented at the TEDxMidAtlantic conference Saturday.  Her lecture, entitled “Three Truths about Engaging Teens,” drew from programs that have made the Library a destination for many District teenagers. 

Rebecca Renard speaks at TEDxMidAtlantic Conference.  Photo Credit: TEDxMidAtlantic,  Chris Suspect.The TEDxMidAtlantic conference explored how understanding people’s relationship to a location is critical to spreading knowledge, ideas and solutions.

Urban Land Institute to Conduct Five-day Review

Published on Thursday, October 27, 2011

The DC Public Library in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), will engage the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to review and assess the value of the Mies van der Rohe designed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building, 901 G St., NW, and make recommendations on how to leverage the value of the building to benefit the District of Columbia.

Published on Friday, September 30, 2011

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that funding will be made available to ensure the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will remain open on Sundays.

"The library plays an important role in supporting education for students of all ages and providing job search and career assistance," said Mayor Gray. "We are pleased we were able to identify funding to keep the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library open on Sundays."

The library will receive $316,000 for Sunday hours, ensuring that residents continue to have library service seven days a week. The funding also ensures that the library remains open on Sundays, as it has continuously since 1972, the year it opened.

Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that the Tenley-Friendship and the Dorothy I. Height/Benning neighborhood libraries have been awarded the LEED® Gold standard established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“The District of Columbia is on its way to being one of the most 'green' cities in America,” said Mayor Gray. “As we develop a city-wide sustainability plan, these libraries show us that inspiring designs can also be quality green buildings.”

Published on Monday, September 19, 2011

Beginning October 2, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G St. NW will no longer be open on Sundays. 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library new hours will be: Monday-Tuesday noon-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.   

It is the Library's priority to have the library open as many hours as possible.  When faced with having to reduce library hours as a result of the FY2012 budget, closing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Sundays, as difficult as it is, was the least painful option.  

The Library’s local FY2012 budget was reduced from $35.2 million in FY 2011 to $34.4 million. Increases to provide staff and operate the new libraries opening in the next fiscal year were offset by cuts to the book budget and other areas; ultimately creating a loss of $700,000.

Published on Friday, August 26, 2011

Due to Hurricane Irene’s expected impact on the Washington, D.C., area this weekend, the DC Public Library is canceling Saturday and Sunday Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication events at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  The canceled events are:

Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet Concert  

Sat., Aug. 27, noon

King's Vision For World Peace: A Pan-Africanist View 

Sat., Aug. 27, 2:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Sing Along

Sun., Aug. 28, 3 p.m.

Brotherly Love Call and Response Choir 

Sun, Aug. 28, 4 p.m.  

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is located at 901 G St. N.W., near the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro stations.

Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The DC Public Library was featured in the Washington Post blog, "On Parenting" for offering programs that share Dr. King's legacy with children.  In addition, suggested books for different ages, developed by children’s librarians Mary F. Phelan and Eboni Curry, was featured.

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