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Discover the Stories Behind Washington's Lush Trees at the DC Public Library

Celebrate Earth Day with Local Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley

What stories do the trees in your neighborhood tell? Are any of them willow oaks? If so, Thomas Jefferson, who designed and executed the first D.C. street tree planting on record, would have loved them. Learn more about Washington's trees on April 22nd at 7:00 pm, when author Melanie Choukas-Bradley gives a lecture at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library entitled "City of Trees."

Benning Interim Library Closing

New, Permanent Location Opening April 5

The Benning Neighborhood Interim Library, located at 4101 Benning Rd. N.E. will close Saturday, March 13, 2010.  Library services will resume on Monday, April 5, 2010 at the new Benning Neighborhood Library, located at 3935 Benning Road, N.E.The new two-story library will be 22,000 square feet and feature:80,000 books, DVDs, CDs  and other library materials

Mayor Fenty Celebrates Ongoing Renovations at Petworth Library

Today, Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and DC Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper to celebrate the end of demolition at the Petworth Neighborhood Library with a wall-breaking ceremony.

Funding Available to Improve District Libraries

The DC Public Library has opened the application period for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for libraries to create partnerships that improve services to their customers.The grants, which range between $5,000 to $20,000, are sponsored by a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the District of Columbia Public Library.  LSTA funds are used to improve Library services by encouraging resource sharing, increasing access to information and educating the public.Applicants must meet three criteria:

Build Your Family Tree at the Library

Ever wonder about your ancestors?  The DC Public Library can help.  Check out Heritage Quest, a free database that includes U.S. Census records from 1790 to 1930 and Freedman’s Bank records.   Incorporated in 1865 to benefit freed slaves, Freedman’s Bank records contain information about the depositors and their families from 1865 to 1874.  In some cases, the names of former slave owners are included.  

Gwen Ifill Speaks at DC Public Library

On Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m., Gwen Ifill, managing editor and moderator for PBS’ “Washington Week” will discuss race in American politics and her best-selling book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Dr. Maurice Jackson Lecture Postponed

Due to the weather, the lecture by Dr. Maurice Jackson, and performance by the Sidwell Friends School Chamber Chorus, will be rescheduled.

Fenty Administration Raises Cupola to Roof of New Georgetown Library

Residents Celebrate the Construction of New Facility

Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to celebrate ongoing renovations at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library.  The occasion was marked by the mounting of the cupola on the library’s new roof.

Famed Artists Terry Dixon and Robert Morris to Exhibit at Library

Works Inspired by Douglas Blackmon's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book

This February, celebrated artists Terry Dixon and Robert Morris will install a mixed-media exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr.

Winter Break Library Activities

With schools out for winter break, stop by the library to see a movie, hear a story or make a craft. Activities include:Exhibit: Holidays Past: Mid-Century Washington in WinterThrough January 8, Library HoursMartin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great HallHoliday and winter images of Washington from the library’s Washingtoniana Collection.Teen Movie MondayIce Princess (PG)December 28, 6 p.m.Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 208