News Releases

Published on Monday, May 3, 2010
A recent study shows that 40 percent of computer users at the D.C. Public Library use the computers to research and apply for jobs and 20 percent of them report that they found jobs as a result.

“When job applications for Home Depot, Target and a number of federal and local government programs are available only online, it makes sense that more and more people turn to the library to access the Internet in order to apply for jobs,” said D.C. Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, who testified to the results of the study at today’s FY2011 budget hearing.

Overall, 62 percent of the people surveyed reported that they either used the D.C. Public Library’s public access computers or the library’s WiFi on their personal computers.

Published on Monday, May 3, 2010
The Francis A. Gregory Interim Library, located at 2100 36th Pl. S.E. (near the Anne Beers school) will open on May 17. The interim library will remain open during the construction of the NEW Francis Gregory Library. The new library will open in summer 2011.

During the transition, 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 at dclibrary.org.  The libraries closest to the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library are the Benning Neighborhood Library at 3935 Benning Rd. N.E. and the Anacostia Neighborhood Library at 1800 Good Hope Road, S.E.

Published on Monday, April 26, 2010

The new Anacostia Neighborhood Library opened its doors this morning.  Mayor Adrian Fenty, Council Chairman Vincent Gray, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Architect Phil Freelon, and members of the District of Columbia Board of Library Trustees joined in the celebration at 1800 Good Hope Road, S.E.

“This facility is a perfect example of the city government striving to deliver world-class services and facilities to our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Fenty. “This state-of-the-art facility will serve as a valuable tool for our youth providing them with additional educational resources enabling them to continue down the path of academic progress.

Published on Friday, April 23, 2010
In the 20 years since Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu’s Communist totalitarianism, Romania has become a thriving democracy and an economic success. What’s the story behind the Romanian miracle?

Former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe and his wife, award-winning journalist Sheilah Kast, discuss Romania’s growth based on their book “Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended it, and Emerged Since 1989 as the New Italy” at Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library on Thursday,  May 13th at 7:00 p.m.

“In our time in Romania, we were privileged to meet so many interesting people and have some wonderful conversations,” said Sheilah Kast. “We wrote this book so that Americans would get to know the Romania we experienced, beyond the two-dimensional stereotypes so many Americans hold, limited to Dracula and dictators.”

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.

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