News Releases

Library Wins Innovation Grant From John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Developing Technology to Help Librarians Make Social Service Referrals

The DC Public Library will develop a tool to help librarians match people in need with appropriate social service organizations, thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The project was named a winner of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, which supports efforts that will provide new tools and approaches that leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities. The DC Public Library is the only library in Washington Metropolitan area to win this News Challenge.

Library Board Recommends Stand-Alone Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Analysis Favors Modernized Building, with Fifth-floor Addition

Wednesday, Jan. 28, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization design approach as a stand-alone library with a fifth-floor addition.    The board recommended the fifth-floor addition approach instead of the three-story, mixed-use addition after considering the requirements for a modern library, factoring in community feedback and reviewing the cost-benefit analysis of adding three new floors.

Executive Director Addresses FCC

Richard Reyes-Gavilan testifies about high-speed Internet

Today, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan testified at the Federal Communications Commission’s open meeting on the impact of a federal subsidy program that gives schools and libraries access to faster Internet.  "High-speed Internet is the fundamental building block of digital readiness, said Reyes-Gavilan. “It is the alphabet of digital literacy.” 

Library Needs Entire Building in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

Increased Space Estimates Based on Community and Staff Feedback

The DC Public Library has revised its space estimates for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation. The entire building, plus a fifth floor, will be used to offer District residents a renovated central library.   The increased library size incorporates input to the preliminary Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation designs released in May. Initial estimates called for between 200,000 to 250,000 square feet in the building to be used for library service.  

Aspen Institute Highlights Library Partnership in Report

In today’s "Washington Post," Columnist Clinton Yates profiles the Library’s partnership with MapStory. Working together, MapStory has created an interactive view of the District's growth by digitizing more than 5,000 historical maps from the Library's Washingtoniana Collection. The story coincides with the release of the Aspen Institute report, “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” which examines how libraries can help a more diverse, mobile and connected society.  

District of Change Podcast Now Available

A Conversation About Education in Washington, DC

On Wednesday, Sept.10, Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way," led a discussion on the state of education in the District of Columbia. Scott Cartland, former principal, Janney Elementary School, current principal, Wheatley Education Campus; Alexandra Pardo, executive director, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School; and Andria Caruthers, principal, West Education Campus joined Ripley.   

Four Little-Known Dr. Seuss Stories Being Released

National Public Radio visited the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library for a story on the release of four lesser-known Dr Seuss stories. “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories” compiles four Seuss's stories that were published in Redbook magazine in the 1950s.  While the stories do not have as many pictures, the stories are expected to keep young readers, like 5-year-old Eva Steinman, entertained.

District of Change: Making Schools Better for DC

A Conversation About Education in Washington, DC

Over the past few years, public education in the District of Columbia has been transformed - from the IMPACT rating system for teachers; school closings; boundary and feeder changes; and major facilities improvements to an explosion of Public Charter Schools. Have these attempts to close the achievement gap worked? Are schools better? On Wednesday, Sept.10, Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way," will lead a discussion on the state of education in the District of Columbia.

Library Collecting Stories of D.C.'s "Black Broadway"

In today’s Washington Post, The Library’s U Street Oral History Project was profiled.  Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services,  the project establishes an archive at the Library dedicated to stories of mid-20th-century U Street, a once thriving center of the District’s Black community.

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