News Releases

Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

When it comes to magazines, District library users prefer news and information over celebrity updates.

In a review of magazines downloaded from the DC Public library "The Economist," "Consumer Reports," "Newsweek" and "National Geographic Interactive" were four of the five most popular magazines. Us Weekly was the only entertainment magazine in the top five.

The magazines were downloaded though Zinio, a digital magazine service added by the Library last month that allows people to read popular magazines on any digital device including Android, iPad, Windows 8 smartphones, tablets and computers. Since the service started being offered, over 5,000 magazines have been downloaded.

Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, tech novices, students and makers have a new place to see their ideas become reality.  Today, the DC Public Library opened the Digital Commons, an 11,000 square-foot place to connect, collaborate and co-work using technology for free.

“The Digital Divide is now more than just access to computers and the Internet,” said Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.  “As technology continues to expand how people seek employment, work and create, Digital Commons is a place where the District's growing community of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students and educators can create using state-of-the-art software and equipment for free.”

Campaign Helps Build Literacy Skills and Get Children Ready for School

Published on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Research shows that talking about your day or telling a story, singing made-up songs or songs from the radio and reading children’s books with young children all help build literacy skills and prepare them to learn when they go to school. Today, at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Mayor Vincent C. Gray launched a campaign to raise awareness of the important role parents and caregivers play in getting their children ready to learn. The Mayor was joined by D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services BB Otero, Interim State Superintendent of Education Emily Durso and representatives from the State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council.
 

Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013

The DC Public Library’s Adaptive Services Division has been named “Network Library of the Year” by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of Congress.

Based in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Adaptive Services Division was honored for its work promoting independent reading and learning; its innovative use of technology and its record of satisfied customers.

Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

After nearly seven years at the helm of the DC Public Library, today Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper announced plans to retire later this year.

Cooper will remain chief librarian for the next few months until the library board names a successor. During that time, Cooper will oversee the increase in library hours and the initial phase of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation, funding that is included in Mayor Vincent C. Gray's proposed fiscal year 2014 library budget and pending approval by City Council.

"It is truly an honor to be here at this important time for the library and for the city," said Cooper. "My departure is bittersweet. While I look forward to what the future will bring, I will miss being a part of a team that works hard every day to provide great library service to residents of the District."

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray congratulated Alessandra Selassie, a fifth-grader at BASIS DC Charter School, for $1,000 for being the first Letters About Literature Essay Contest winner from the District.

Sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, and locally by the DC Public Library, Letters About Literature asks young people in grades 4 through 10 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.  Alessandra wrote to Laura Ingalls Wilder about how her books helped Alessandra understand her father's experience in his native Eritrea.  

Published on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Books & Bites returns to the DC Public Library.  For a limited time, different D.C. Food Truck Association food trucks will visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library every Wednesday.

Books & Bites Time: 11:45 a.m.

BBQ Bus -@bbqbusdc 
Big Cheese -@bigcheesetruck 
Goodie's Frozen Custard -@goodiesdc 

Bring your friends, family and appetite.

Essay Contest Promotes Reflection by Writing to Authors

Published on Saturday, April 27, 2013

"When I want water, I turn on the tap.  When it’s dark, I turn on the light.  While my life is so different than yours, I was still so touched by your books because they helped me to finally understand the life of someone I love: my father."

Alessandra Selassie, a fifth-grader at BASIS DC, wrote those words to author Laura Ingalls Wilder about how her stories helped her understand her father's experience in his native Eritria.  This Saturday, Allessandra and eight other students will be honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as winners in the 2013 Letters About Literature writing contest.

Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the DC Public Library, the Letters About Literature contest asks students to write a letter to an author discussing how that author’s book changed their world view.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros showcases diversity of Library books and programs

Published on Friday, April 26, 2013

Culture, heritage and language are powerful tools for getting kids excited about reading.  The DC Public Library is showcasing how these tools enrich its children's programs in this year’s El día de los niños/El día de los libros celebration.
 
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a nationally-recognized program that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children.   The Library is hosting 20 programs across the District.

World Book Night Promotes Reading for Pleasure

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This evening, don’t be surprised to see people on street corners giving away books.  They are participating in World Book Night — and inadvertently offering stress relief.
 
51 District volunteers are among 25,000 people around the country distributing free copies of popular books. Their goal is to remind people that reading is a way to relax and be entertained.
 
Library Associate Racheal Hawthorne is volunteering and plans to give her books away at bus stops near the Gallery Place Metro Station.  "I do most of my reading while riding the bus to and from work.   It takes my mind off my daily stress while keeping my mind active."
 

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