News Releases

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.

DC Public Library Celebrates King Memorial Dedication

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

July Board of Library Trustees Meeting at Palisades Neighborhood Library

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.  

Mayor Vincent Gray and Community Partners Seek To Curb Learning Lost During the Summer Months

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.

Anacostia Library Named New Landmark Library

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.”

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