News Releases

Published on Monday, October 18, 2010

The Georgetown Neighborhood library reopened this morning, nearly three and a half years after a devastating fire.  Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was joined by Council Chair Vincent Gray, Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Fire Chief Dennis Reuben and Georgetown community members for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 3260 R Street, NW.

“In the wake of the 2007 fire, my Administration was absolutely committed to restoring this vital community resource quickly but without compromising the integrity of the building’s historic beauty,” said Mayor Fenty. “Now this grand Georgetown landmark has risen from its ashes and is better than ever before.”

Published on Friday, October 1, 2010
Starting November 1, 2010, library users will be able to pay their fines and fees with their Visa or MasterCard online by logging into their catalog account

Currently, users can continue to pay fines and fees in cash or with a check or money order.  In the next month or so, the procedures will change and cash will no longer be accepted at neighborhood libraries.

Published on Sunday, September 26, 2010

On October 2, stop by your neighborhood library for the first annual Read-In: DC Loves to Read, a city-wide celebration showcasing the joy of reading.

“People may not think they have time to read,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia. “At the Read-In, in addition to having fun reading, people will learn tips on how to weave reading into their busy schedules.”

Advances in technology, such as eBooks and downloadables, allow people to read on the go. And studies have shown that reading for pleasure activates the creative side of the brain, while reading for work or school stimulates the analytical side. By using both sides of the brain, a person is better able to communicate and problem solve.

Published on Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools will hold a special ceremony celebrating Confucius’ birthday on Saturday, September 25 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Born September 28, 551 BC, Confucius’ was a Chinese philosopher, educator and founder of the Confucian school of thought.  His theories, which advocate peace and social harmony, influenced orthodox ideology in China for more than 2,000 years and have regained interest in China over the recent years. 

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Georgetown Interim Library, located at 3307 M St. N.W. will close Saturday, September 25. Library services will resume on Monday, October 18 at the renovated Georgetown Neighborhood Library, located at 3260 R St. N.W. 

Fenty Administration Opens Fourth New Library in 2010

Published on Monday, August 2, 2010
Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, DC Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and District Department of the Environment (DDOE) Director Christophe Tulou joined Ward 2 residents for a ribbon cutting of the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library at 1630 7th Street, NW. 

"The District has worked hard over the past four years to improve public libraries and facilities,” says Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.  "The new buildings opening this year like this one in Shaw and the ones opening in the coming year are world-class. This is a great day for the Shaw community and the city."

Published on Friday, July 30, 2010
DC Public Library has been awarded a $1.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act broadband grant to upgrade equipment, increase Internet-connection speeds and increase the number of public-access computers.

Published on Monday, July 19, 2010
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper today joined Ward 8 community members to take another step forward for library improvement in the District as they broke ground on the new Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library at 115 Atlantic St., SW.

“This is another step in bringing world-class amenities to all of the District’s neighborhoods,” says Mayor Fenty.  "When the new library opens, residents will have more convenient access to some of the District’s best community resources.”

New Library Opens August 2

Published on Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library, located at 945 Rhode Island Ave., N.W. will close Tuesday, July 13 at 5:30 pm to move to the new library which is scheduled to open on Monday, Aug. 2.  The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library will be located at 1630 7th St. N.W., across from the Shaw Metro station. 

Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
John Hill, president of the DC Public Library Board of Trustees, has been named the Urban Libraries Council's (ULC) Urban Player for 2010.  The second trustee to be honored in the award’s history, Hill is being recognized for his work in revitalizing the DC Public Library. 

"I am honored to receive this recognition from the ULC and I accept this award on behalf of the DC Public Library," says Hill. "It reflects the dedication of the librarians and staff as well as the city’s commitment to providing outstanding libraries." 

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