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Library Helps Returning Citizen Rebuild Life

Last weekend’s Washington Post featured an article about David Belton's journey to rebuild his life after serving 40 years in prison. One of the things that Belton did was attend free programs at the DC Public Library, including an introduction to personal computers class.  The Library offers computer classes at locations across the city ranging from PC Basics to Introduction to 3-D Printing.

The Nationals Visit the Library!

Four Nationals Players Swing by Four Neighborhood Libraries

Four members of the Washington Nationals team took a break from the diamond last Saturday, July 19 to visit four neighborhood libraries.The Anacostia, Deanwood, Mount Pleasant, and Tenley-Friendship Libraries hosted ballplayers 

Digital Commons, One Year and 780 3-D Prints Later

A year and a day ago, the DC Public Library opened the Digital Commons.  Today, the 11,000 square-foot room is a popular place for entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, tech novices and students.   Featuring 3-D printers, a book printing machine and more than 80 public computers, Digital Commons is a pace where the public can connect, collaborate, co-work and learn new technology for free.

Library Updates Make Finding Ebooks Easier

The DC Public Library has made it easier for customers to discover the e-books, audiobooks, music and videos that people can borrow when they visit their library. Media stations are being installed at libraries citywide that let customers browse downloadable titles using touch and swipe gestures. 

Three Myths About the Burning of Washington, D.C. Debunked

August will mark the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, D.C. as part of the War of 1812.  So much of what really happened has been replaced by tall tales and local lore. Ralph Eshelman, a War of 1812 historian, has visited every known War of 1812 location in the region.

Digital Commons Shows Library of the Future

Today, StateTech Magazine featured the DC Public Library’s Digital Commons in a story about library systems that are imagining and creating libraries of the future.  Digital Commons, which opened almost year ago, has become one of the DC Public Library’s most visited locations because of the classes and technology offered to people and businesses.

Chat Live with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation Architects

Watch the Entire Discussion

On Thursday, July 10 the DC Public Library held an online panel discussion exploring the design of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation.

West End Interim Library Now Open

Today, the West End Interim Library opened for service.   Located in the Watergate Complex at 2522 Virginia Ave., this 4,000 square foot space features separate areas for children, teens and adults, 20 computers and a meeting room for 40 people. The closet metro stop is Foggy Bottom – George Washington University.    The West End Neighborhood Library, at 1101 24th Street NW, will be rebuilt. The new library will be part of a mixed use project being built by EastBanc real estate development company.

President Obama Appoints Library Employee to Administration

Ricardo Thornton to Join President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Yesterday, President Obama announced his intent to appoint DC Public Library employee Ricardo Thornton Sr. to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.   Established in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) provides advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of intellectual disabilities.

Librarian Jerry McCoy Wins Award for Historic Preservation

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 t

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