News Releases

Published on Thursday, April 15, 2010

Surrounded by children at the Benning Neighborhood Library, Actor and Humanitarian Danny Glover, read a story and took questions to raise awareness about the important role libraries play for children and for communities.

Glover’s visit, the day before his new movie “Death at a Funeral” opens in theaters, was to celebrate National Library Week and to help the Lubuto Library Project with their effort to build new libraries in Zambia.

“The DC Public Library has been working hard to show that great communities have libraries that offer the public a variety of books, classes and computers,” said Pam Stovall, associate director at the DC Public Library.  “Lubuto has a similar mission and  we are delighted to partner with them to showcase how a world-class library looks.”

Maintains Hours; Funds New Libraries

Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The DC Public Library fiscal year 2011 proposed budget is essentially flat with a decrease of about $170,000 over the fiscal year 2010 budget. This budget allows the library to maintain its current hours and provide the resources needed for the new libraries.  Seven new libraries open in fiscal year 2011 and three this year with Benning Neighborhood Library opening Monday, April 5, Anacostia Library opening later this month and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw opening this summer.

“The Mayor and City Council have tough choices to make with next year’s budget,” said DC Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.  “We are grateful for their commitment to libraries and the important role we play in supporting public education.”

Published on Sunday, April 4, 2010

The DC Public Library opened the new 22,000-square-foot Benning Neighborhood Library Monday morning with a ribbon cutting.  In addition to celebrating the first of five new libraries opening this year, the event showcased the District’s rapidly-improving library system.

Mayor Adrian Fenty joined D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, Council Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation Chair Harry Thomas, Jr., Ward 7 Council Member Yvette Alexander, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, and members of the District of Columbia Board of Library Trustees for the ceremony and tour at 3935 Benning Rd. N.E. 

Interim Location Opens May 10

Published on Friday, April 2, 2010
Francis Gregory Library is moving.  The Library will close Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m.  The interim library will open on Monday, May 10 at 2100 36th Pl. S.E. (near the Ann Beers school).  The interim library will remain open during the construction of the NEW Francis Gregory Library.  The new library will open in spring 2011.

During the transition to the interim location, library users can return or renew books checked out from the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library at any other D.C. Public Library location or online.  The libraries closest to the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library are the Benning Neighborhood Library at 3935 Benning Rd. N.E. and the new Anacostia Neighborhood Library, opening April 26, at 1800 Good Hope Road, S.E.

Published on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

While the FCC’s newly-released National Broadband Plan recommends creating partnerships to increase the relevance of broadband Internet among older Americans, 60 District residents received a free computer after completing a DC Public Library sponsored computer-training program.

“This program addressed the cost, relevance and comfort with technology barriers outlined in the National Broadband Plan as critical for increasing the number of older Americans using Internet at home,” said Chris Tonjes, chief information officer with the DC Public Library. “District residents aged 55 and over received free training at the Woodridge or Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library and, through our partners, received the equipment needed to connect to the Internet.”

Published on Thursday, March 25, 2010

On Sunday April 4, the DC Public Library will be closed for Easter.  Library service will resume on Monday, April 5.

New Library Opens April 26

Published on Monday, March 22, 2010
The Anacostia Neighborhood Interim Library, located at 1801 Good Hope Road, S.E. will close Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm.  Library services will resume on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the new Anacostia Neighborhood Library, located at 1800 Good Hope Road, S.E. 

Published on Monday, March 22, 2010

The DC Public Library celebrates Women’s History Month with a presentation by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library’s Great Hall, on March 26, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010
What’s old is new again at the DC Public Library. The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library has been featured in American Libraries magazine’s 2010 Library Design Showcase.  
Takoma Park Neighborhood Library

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Manager Only Local Librarian Honored

Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010
DC Public Librarian Eric Riley has been named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal magazine. Launched in 2002 to recognize librarians, vendors and others who are shaping the future of libraries, Riley was praised for his work managing the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library and for creating exceptional public programs.   

“It's such an honor to be recognized by the profession for the diligent work done not only by me, but also by my staff,” said Eric Riley.