News Releases

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.”  

Book Cover

Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Starting November 15, public parking in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library garage will no longer be permitted. This change is due to the library’s FY 2010 budget reduction. The library, located at 901 G St. N.W., is close to the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro stations. In addition, there is paid parking available nearby.

Published on Monday, November 2, 2009
Know a young person who can’t stop talking about a book that changed their life?  The DC Public Library wants to know about it. 

Letters About Literature, a national writing contest, invites young readers to write a letter to an author explaining how their book has impacted their life.  Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the DC Public Library, and Target, the contest is open to elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Art Contest to Benefit Jolie-Pitt Founded Foundation

Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2009
As kids across the city look for Halloween celebrations and activities, the DC Public Library offers an art activity with a twist. Drawing a picture of a monster at the DC Public Library will raise money for charity and help support needy children around the world. 
The “Make My Own Monster Halloween Contest” is a partnership between Global Action for Children, a nonpartisan coalition organization founded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and the North American Bear Company. Children under 12 years of age who attend Halloween activities at the DC Public Library will draw monsters on an entry form. These drawings will be collected by Global Action for Children. For each monster drawing that is submitted, the North American Bear Company will donate $1.00 to Global Action for Children.

Published on Friday, October 23, 2009
While the Library’s reduced budget has changed some of the ways that the it operates, one thing has remained constant.  District residents continue to support the Library as volunteers. 

The Library has always valued volunteers.  They make a real difference to staff and users in tough economic times.  For example, volunteers helped prepare the new Parklands-Turner Library and the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library’s new Teen Space for opening.  This weekend, volunteers will help preserve documents in the Library’s special collections.

Published on Friday, October 23, 2009

November is a busy time for high school seniors.  Many college early admission applications are due.  The November and December SATs loom.  Personal statements and essays have to be written and edited.  At every part of the college application process, the DC Public Library can help students.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library features a College Information Center that helps students find schools that interest them, complete applications, and understand the financial aid process.  Every library location in the District has books that help students prepare for the SAT and learn about potential majors. 

Family-Friendly Activities at DC Public Library

Published on Thursday, October 22, 2009

Before sending your little monsters out for a spirited night of trick or treating, stop by the DC Public Library for family-friendly activities at locations around the District.

Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.
Halloween Party
Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. N.W.
Children ages 3 to 12 will enjoy ghoulish stories, games and treats.

Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.
Lil’ Monsters and Mysteries
Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W.
Children ages 3 to 12 will enjoy ghoulish stories, games and treats.

Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.
Monsters and Mysteries
Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W.
Children ages 12 to 19 will hear spooky stories, solve a crime and eat monster snacks.

Washington Redskin London Fletcher Featured

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper battled Washington Redskin Middle-Linebacker London Fletcher at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library today.  As part of the Library’s celebration of the first Teen Space in the District, they partnered with DC teens in a Nintendo Wii tournament.

“While teens know that libraries have books,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library, “many are surprised to find video games and CDs.  Now teens can think of the Library as a place to learn and hang out with their friends.”