News Releases

Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010
What’s old is new again at the DC Public Library. The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library has been featured in American Libraries magazine’s 2010 Library Design Showcase.  
Takoma Park Neighborhood Library

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Manager Only Local Librarian Honored

Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010
DC Public Librarian Eric Riley has been named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal magazine. Launched in 2002 to recognize librarians, vendors and others who are shaping the future of libraries, Riley was praised for his work managing the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library and for creating exceptional public programs.   

“It's such an honor to be recognized by the profession for the diligent work done not only by me, but also by my staff,” said Eric Riley. 

Interim Location Opening April 26

Published on Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, located at 3160 16th St. N.W. will close for renovation Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm.  Library services will resume on Monday, April 19, 2010 at the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Interim Library, located at 3164 Mount Pleasant St. N.W.

The library will remain in the interim location until spring 2011, when the renovated Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library re-opens at its 16th St. location. 

Celebrate Earth Day with Local Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Published on Thursday, March 11, 2010
What stories do the trees in your neighborhood tell? Are any of them willow oaks? If so, Thomas Jefferson, who designed and executed the first D.C. street tree planting on record, would have loved them. Learn more about Washington's trees on April 22nd at 7:00 pm, when author Melanie Choukas-Bradley gives a lecture at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library entitled "City of Trees."

Choukas-Bradley will take the public on a virtual tour of Washington's botanic history and diversity.  She will share pictures and stories behind the trees in Cleveland Park, the White House, the Capitol, Mount Vernon and other historic sites.

New, Permanent Location Opening April 5

Published on Monday, March 1, 2010

The Benning Neighborhood Interim Library, located at 4101 Benning Rd. N.E. will close Saturday, March 13, 2010.  Library services will resume on Monday, April 5, 2010 at the new Benning Neighborhood Library, located at 3935 Benning Road, N.E.

The new two-story library will be 22,000 square feet and feature:

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Today, Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and DC Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper to celebrate the end of demolition at the Petworth Neighborhood Library with a wall-breaking ceremony.

Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Mayor Adrian Fenty, DC Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper "Today, we break the interior wall through 70 years of history to revive this library to meet the needs of this community while maximizing this historic landmark’s use," said Mayor Adrian M Fenty. "This new facility will function as a major focal point for community meetings, reading and recreation for years to come."

Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The DC Public Library has opened the application period for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for libraries to create partnerships that improve services to their customers.

The grants, which range between $5,000 to $20,000, are sponsored by a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the District of Columbia Public Library.  LSTA funds are used to improve Library services by encouraging resource sharing, increasing access to information and educating the public.

Applicants must meet three criteria:

Published on Thursday, February 18, 2010
Ever wonder about your ancestors?  The DC Public Library can help.  Check out Heritage Quest, a free database that includes U.S. Census records from 1790 to 1930 and Freedman’s Bank records.   

Incorporated in 1865 to benefit freed slaves, Freedman’s Bank records contain information about the depositors and their families from 1865 to 1874.  In some cases, the names of former slave owners are included.  

Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2010
On Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m., Gwen Ifill, managing editor and moderator for PBS’ “Washington Week” will discuss race in American politics and her best-selling book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

A senior correspondent for the PBS “NewsHour,” Ifill’s book profiles and critiques politicians such as Vernon Jordan, Colin Powell, Deval Patrick and Barack Obama. Based on her interviews, Ifill argues that America is at a pivotal moment where the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a new generation of leadership.   

Published on Monday, February 8, 2010

Due to the weather, the lecture by Dr. Maurice Jackson, and performance by the Sidwell Friends School Chamber Chorus, will be rescheduled.