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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.

Published on Thursday, August 11, 2011

Saturday and Sunday King Memorial Dedication programs have been canceled in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.

Starting August 22, the DC Public Library commemorates the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication with a series of events and exhibits. Share your King stories on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Tweet your stories, share your thoughts and follow the Library's events using #KingStories. Upload your video story now.

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2011

The DC Public Library will hold the July Board of Library Trustees Meeting at the Palisades Neighborhood Library, located at 4901 V St. NW.  The meeting will be on July 27th at 6 pm  

The Board of Trustees of the library is comprised of nine unpaid District residents from wards around the city.   Congress established a Board of Library Trustees to set policy for the library.  The Mayor appoints board members. They are confirmed by the D.C. City Council for a maximum of two five-year terms.  
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. 

Published on Friday, June 17, 2011

Mayor Gray and the city's education leaders visited the Deanwood Neighborhood Library today to launch the next phase of the “One City Summer Fun … Something for Everyone” initiative, “READ and LEARN this Summer.” This component of the comprehensive summer program encourages residents to take advantage of educational programs that cover everything from summer reading for children to adult literacy.

Students who don’t read over the summer or participate in literacy-related activities like museum visits lose, on average, the equivalent of up to one month’s worth of classroom instruction. Students from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds can lose two months’ worth. And adults who struggle with reading are unable to qualify for many entry-level or career track jobs.

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The New Anacostia Neighborhood Library, located at 1800 Good Hope Rd., S.E., was awarded an Honorable Mention in Library Journal magazine’s inaugural list of New Landmark Libraries.   The library is 1 of 20 libraries nationwide recognized in the Spring 2011 issue of Library Journal, a national publication

I am thrilled that the Anacostia Library has been honored by Library Journal, said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “It shows that the Library’s transformation is changing how users and colleagues around the country view us.”

The Landmark Libraries project highlights groundbreaking public library buildings and establishes a set of standards to strengthen the capacity of communities to design and build excellent public libraries.