News Releases

Take Time to Read at DC Public Library Read-In

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.”

Confucius Commemorated with Memorial Ceremony at Library

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. 

Georgetown Interim Library Closing

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. The renovated three-story library will add many modern improvements including:Better lighting Dedicated space for teens Improved ADA access A new outdoor reading terrace overlooking Book Hill Park A new bright, spacious children’s room 

Lose Yourself in a Book: The Grand Opening of Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

Fenty Administration Opens Fourth New Library in 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. 

DC Public Library Wins $1.5 Million Stimulus Grant to Increase Computer, Broadband Access

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.

Mayor Fenty Breaks Ground on New Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library

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.”

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library Closes July 13

New Library Opens August 2

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. 

Library Board President John Hill Named 2010 Urban Player

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." 

Fenty Officially Opens Deanwood Recreation Center and Library

Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Valerie Santos and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Acting Director Jesús Aguirre joined Ward 7 community members for the grand opening of Deanwood Recreation Center and Library at 1350 49th Street, NE.

Shop at Borders and Support the Library

June 24th through June 26th

The DC Public Library and Borders have partnered to support the District’s libraries.  From June 24th to June 26th, a percentage of all sales at Borders stores in DC will be donated to the DC Public Library Foundation.  

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