News Releases

Published on Monday, December 28, 2009

With schools out for winter break, stop by the library to see a movie, hear a story or make a craft. Activities include:

Exhibit: Holidays Past: Mid-Century Washington in Winter
Through January 8, Library Hours
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall
Holiday and winter images of Washington from the library’s Washingtoniana Collection.

Teen Movie Monday
Ice Princess
(PG)
December 28, 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 208

New Year’s Eve Library Bash

Ring in the New Year with games, songs, crafts, food and more.

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Library’s Live Homework Help® and Live Tutor™ services will be closed Friday, December 25 2009, in observance of the Christmas holiday and Friday, January 1 2010 in observance of New Year’s Day.  The SkillsCenter™ resources will still be available during this time.

Public Gets Gift Bags as Thanks for Borrowing Books, DVDs & More

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today, the first 100 library users at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library received thank-you gift bags to celebrate the 100-percent increase in the number of books and DVDs borrowed from the DC Public Library since 2006. 

"All over the District, people are checking out books and DVDs in droves,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library. “The Library has worked hard to improve the collection. The borrowing increase shows that the effort is successful and we wanted to thank library users."

Published on Monday, December 14, 2009
All DC Public Library locations will be closed on the following days:
 
Fri., December 24 
Sat., December 25
Sun., December 26
Fri., December 31
Sat., January 1
Sun., January 2

Check Hours and Locations for additional holiday hour information.

Number of Books Borrowed City-Wide Doubled Since 2006

Published on Friday, December 11, 2009
On Tuesday, December 15, 2010, the first 100 library users at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will receive thank you gift bags to celebrate the 100-percent increase in the number of books and DVDs borrowed from the DC Public Library since 2006.  Items will include vouchers for an upcoming Georgetown University men’s basketball game. movie passes, and books. The Library will open at noon. 

Interim Location to Open January 11, 2010

Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Petworth Neighborhood Library, located at 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W., will close for renovation at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2009.  An interim location, in the library’s parking lot, will open on Monday, January 11, 2009.

The library will remain in the interim location until spring 2011, when the renovated Petworth Neighborhood Library opens.

Students and Community Gather to Celebrate 2nd Addition to Premiere Campus

Published on Monday, December 7, 2009
Today, Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells to celebrate the grand opening of the Northwest One Neighborhood Library.  City officials and members from the surrounding community gathered at the new library, located at 155 L St. NW, to commemorate the occasion with a ribbon cutting.

“I am pleased to celebrate the completion of another addition to the Walker-Jones campus; the first combined library, school and recreation center project in the District,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty.” “This model campus combines all of the facilities needed to build any strong community and will serve as the centerpiece of the Northwest One new community for years to come.”

Interim Location to Open December 21

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library, located at 115 Atlantic St. S.W. will close for reconstruction beginning Monday, November 30, 2009.   Library services will resume on Monday, December 21, at the Washington Highlands Interim Library, located at 4035 South Capitol St. S.W. 

The library will remain in the interim location until spring 2011, when the new Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library re-opens at its Atlantic Street location. 

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The DC Public Library, in partnership with Bread for the Soul, will collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have the disease.  

The toy drive runs from November 27 through December 17 for children one – 12 years old.  Toys and books can be dropped off at any of the 23 public libraries across the District.  Monetary donations can be sent to Bread for the Soul at the following address: 

Bread for the Soul
905 6th Street, S.W., Suite 302B
Washington, DC  20024
(202) 421-8608

Also partnering with the DC Public Library and Bread for the Soul are the Washington Area Sewer Authority, the Department of Public Works and WPFW Radio. 

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2009
The photo archives in the DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division contain 1.2 million photographs dating back to the 1800s.  This month, Library images from the civil rights movement and DC’s struggle for Home Rule will be showcased in a new book, "Washington, D.C. Protests: Scenes from Home Rule to the Civil Rights Movement.”  

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