News Releases

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."

Two New D.C. Public Libraries Awarded Gold for Being Green

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).

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to Close On Sundays

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.  

Library’s Weekend King Memorial Dedication Events Canceled

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, noonKing's Vision For World Peace: A Pan-Africanist View Sat., Aug. 27, 2:30 p.m.Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Sing AlongSun., Aug. 28, 3 p.m.

Washington Post Features Children's Programs Celebrating Martin Luther King Memorial Opening

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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