News Releases

Published on Friday, June 20, 2014
Jerry McCoy, special collections librarian at the DC Public Library recently received a DAR History Award Medal award from the Monticello Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The DAR History Award Medal is presented to an individual or group whose study and/or promotion of some aspect of American history regionally or nationally has significantly advanced the understanding of America's past.
McCoy won for his professional and volunteer activities; including his work with the Library’s Washingtoniana Collection.

Published on Thursday, June 19, 2014
This morning, Washington Nationals Outfielder Denard Span chatted with the news team at Fox’s Good Day D.C.  In addition to preparing to start their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, Span talked about being excited that the Nationals are partnering with the DC Public Library for the Summer Reading Program. 
The Summer Reading Program is the largest program in the city that addresses the “summer slide,” or the loss of learning that children experience during the summer months. School-aged children and teens who finish the program will earn two tickets to a Washington Nationals game.

Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Today, Marion Barry's autobiography, "Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.," is being released.  Written with novelist Omar Tyree, “Mayor for Life”  covers the 78-year-old Barry’s upbringing, involvement in the Civil Rights movement as well as his four decades in District politics.

Three-Afternoon Workshop Teaches Literary Criticism Through Hip-Hop

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Think that Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea and H.G. Wells don’t have anything in common?  Think again.

All three writers use tools called literary devices.  When a reader understands those devices, they can recognize and recreate them. Next week, teens at the Petworth Library will learn them at a three-afternoon workshop called Words Liive.  The teen who does the best over the three-afternoon workshop will win a Samsung tablet computer.
Words Liive uses hip-hop music to help teens understand the typical structures used by fiction writers. Students will annotate [add critical or explanatory notes] to song lyrics and then apply those structures to classic literature. In addition, students will write and record their own compositions. 

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014
This Saturday, stop by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to join District children, teens and parents as they celebrate the start of the DC Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Activities including story times, face painting, crafts, live marine animals, and an appearance by two of the Nationals Racing Presidents. To learn more about Saturday's event, click here

Children and Teens Can Earn Washington Nationals Tickets and Chipotle Vouchers

Published on Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This summer, parents looking for ways to get their kids to read can look to the DC Public Library. Thanks to partners like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, children and teens will earn prizes for reading this summer.
Starting this month and running through August, the DC Public Library will give readers a free kids meal or burrito from Chipotle halfway through the Summer Reading program. In addition, school-aged children and teens who finish the program will earn two tickets to a Washington Nationals game.

Published on Friday, June 6, 2014
Dr. Liane Rosenblatt, a social anthropologist and senior children's specialist with the DC Public Library, has co-authored an article for a book on using literature to promote cross-cultural understanding.
The article "Reading Across Continents: Creating Adolescent Literacy Leaders in Washington, DC; Abuja, Nigeria; and Accra, Ghana” appears in "International Collaborations in Literacy Research and Practice.” Written with Dr. Elizabeth Primas, the case study centers on Reading Across Continents, a program that ran from September 2008 through December 2010.

Voting Period Open

Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The DC Public Library has started citywide voting for DC Reads 2014.  Running from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, DC Reads features one book for reading and discussion.
This year’s nominees are “Lost in the City” by Edward P. Jones; “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu; “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien; and “Hard Revolution” by George Pelecanos.  To learn more click here

Published on Friday, May 23, 2014
District of Change

The District has a rich cultural history, including the Go-Go scene, punk rock, the Washington Color School and other artistic movements, which flourished at a time when D.C. was thought of as a government town. As the city continues to grow, can artists still find a welcoming home in D.C.? How can the city continue to foster these creative movements?
More than 100 people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to discuss D.C.'s changing art and music scene at the DC Public Library’s first District of Change event. 

Published on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Today, the DC Public Library began showing its 3-D printer at work on its Ustream feed. spoke with Digital Commons Library Associate Adam Schaeffer about this pilot program. To read the interview, click here