News Releases

Download Music for Free at DC Public Library

The DC Public Library now offers library cardholders access to more than 2 million songs to download on their MP3 players or computers.  Library users can keep the music they download.  The files never expire.Music from Sony Music's vast music collection and more than 10,000 independent labels are available at the library.  Library users with valid library cards can download up to three music tracks each week — 156 songs a year —at no cost from the library’s website, dclibrary.org.  Songs can be searched by artist, song title and genre. 

DC Public Library Collects Toys and Books for Children With HIV/AIDS

The DC Public Library, in partnership with Bread for the Soul, will collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have the disease. The toy drive runs through December 14 for children one – 12 years old.  Toys and books can be dropped off at any library location.  Monetary donations can be sent to Bread for the Soul at the following address:Bread for the Soul905 6th Street, S.W., Suite 302BWashington, DC  20024(202) 421-8608

DC Public Library Celebrates Clerc-Gallaudet Week

On Saturday, December 3, the DC Public Library will honor the legacy of Laurent Clerc and Thomas H. Gallaudet with a program called “Deaf Education and American Sign Language.”Originated by the Library in December 1974, the Clerc-Gallaudet Week promotes library awareness in the deaf community and deaf awareness in the library community.   Every year, notable achievers from the deaf community are honored.   Six deaf speakers from the Washington Metropolitan area will participate this year.

Urban Land Institute Releases Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Assessment Findings

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.

DC Public Library Foundation Names New Executive Director

Accomplished Nonprofit and Political Fundraiser to Transform Organization

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.

Photographer Captures Vanishing Romanian Peasant Life

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

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.

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Library’s Teen Coordinator Teaches Teen Engagement at TEDxMidAtlantic

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. 

Panel Explores Future of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Building

Urban Land Institute to Conduct Five-day Review

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.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Restores Sunday Hours at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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."

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