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Washington Redskin London Fletcher Featured

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper battled Washington Redskin Middle-Linebacker London Fletcher at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library today.  As part of the Library’s celebration of the first Teen Space in the District, they partnered with DC teens in a Nintendo Wii tournament.

“While teens know that libraries have books,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library, “many are surprised to find video games and CDs.  Now teens can think of the Library as a place to learn and hang out with their friends.”

Published on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Today, the DC Public Library launched its new Web site.  The new user-friendly web site, located at, is designed to help users find books quickly and access Library services easily.  

Purchases to Benefit Library Programs

Published on Friday, October 9, 2009

No. 16 by GA GardnerNative Spirit by GA GardnerSky & Water by GA Gardner

Art lovers who frequent the DC Public Library’s exhibits will have a unique opportunity when GA Gardner’s showcase opens October 15. The works displayed in “Color Content: An Exhibition of the Art of GA Gardner” will be available for purchase.

Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library
Monday, Mayor Adrian Fenty, joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, and members of the District of Columbia Board of Library Trustees celebrated the opening of the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library with a ribbon-cutting.  The new library, located in the Shops at Parkland at 1547 Alabama Ave., replaces the Parklands-Turner Kiosk.

“My administration is continually looking for opportunities to improve delivery of public services,” said Mayor Fenty. “We are pleased that Parklands-Turner residents now have more convenient access to some of the District’s best community resources.”

Construction of the new Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library began in late July 2009.

Published on Friday, October 2, 2009

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, the DC Public Library’s hours will change at all locations.   

Library service will continue to be offered seven days a week. The hour changes include:

Neighborhood Libraries

  • Closed on Sundays beginning Oct. 11.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

  • Open on Sundays from 1p.m. – 5 p.m. all year long
  • Closed on Monday and Tuesday mornings, opening instead from noon – 9 p.m.

The library’s hours changed in order to operate within the District’s FY2010 budget, which was reduced by nearly 11%, or $4.8 million, from the FY2009 budget.

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Published on Friday, October 2, 2009

Why did library hours change?
The change in hours is the result of a nearly 11 percent or $4.8
million budget reduction. While the library is facing a tough budget
year, we are committed to keeping the library open for as many hours as
possible. Seventy percent of the library’s budget is spent on staff,
and most staff serve the public directly. Reducing this cost means
reducing the hours libraries can be open. Even with the reduction,
library service is available to District residents seven days a week.

What are the new hours?

New Library to Open December 2010

Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Improving libraries across the District took another step forward as Mayor Adrian Fenty, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and members of the Board of Library Trustees were joined by noted architect Philip Freelon to break ground on the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library this morning.

“The Tenley community has active library users that have gone without full library service for too long,” said Ginnie Cooper.  “In addition to finding the books and DVDs that they want in their new library, users will love the spaces for the community to meet, for little ones to develop a love of reading, and for teens to hang out and do homework.”

The new library will open in December 2010 and will feature:

Express Yourself @ Your Library Summer Reading Program Celebrates Teen Readers

Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Express Yourself @ Your Library DCPL’s teen summer reading program is comprised of three parts: a reading component, writing book reviews, and special programs or workshops.  The reading component has graduated levels in which teens are encouraged to read at least six books and keep a log of what of they have read. For every two books read, a teen earns an incentive. 

Teens were encouraged to submit a book review of a book that they felt most affected them.  At the end of the summer, a panel of judges chose the best reviews and winners received the following prizes:

Grand Prize - 1 Dell Laptop Computer
First Place Prizes - 4 Mini Laptops
Second Place Prizes - 11 Mini Camcorders

Grand Prize Winner
Prize: Dell Laptop computer
C. Dohawk

Library Faces $4.8 Million Budget Reduction

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2009
As a result of DC Public Library’s FY 2010 budget, the library plans to change hours and some services starting October 5, the beginning of the District’s 2010 fiscal year.

“We appreciate the Mayor’s and City Council’s commitment to libraries,” said DC Public Library’s Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.  “We know these tough economic times have required them to make difficult budget decisions.”

The District’s pending FY2010 budget reduces the library’s budget by nearly 11% or $4.8 million from the FY2009 budget. Additionally, the library will absorb increases in costs such as rent, utilities and phone.  Though the library has worked to minimize the impact, the reductions will affect how library services are provided to D.C. residents.

$10 Million Construction Project to Build Capacity and Expand Contracting Opportunities

Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The DC Public Library, in partnership with the Department of Local Small Business Development, launched a new Mentor-Protégé program designed to identify small, certified local businesses to be mentored by larger businesses with the goal of creating more opportunities for smaller firms to work on government contracts.  Under the program, Coakley & Williams, Inc., will partner with Blue Skye Development, LLC, to build the new Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library, and Hess Construction will partner with Broughton Construction Company LLC to build the new Francis A. Gregory Library.