News Releases

$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. 

Books and Databases Make Homework Easier

Published on Thursday, August 27, 2009

(Washington, DC)  As students in the District return to classes, parents begin their search for homework help. The DC Public Library offers many tools to help students.  

“Students can find people, books and tools that make homework easier,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian at the DC Public Library.  “When students understand their homework, their grades and attitude toward learning improves.”  

Tools the library has to offer include:

The 2009 Winner of Urban Libraries Council Highsmith Award for Excellence Provides Part-Time, Year-Round Employment for High-School Age DC Residents

Published on Friday, August 14, 2009
(Washington) – The DC Public Library’s Teens of Distinction Program is accepting applicants. The 2009 winner of Urban Libraries Council Highsmith Award for Excellence, the Teens of Distinction program, provides part-time, year-round employment for high-school age DC residents.  

The program provides academically successful teens premium wages for jobs and leadership opportunities. The teens will assist with customer service, collections management and special programming. Teens will also create teen-centered programming and identify ways to improve library service to teens.   

Applicants must be:
  • 16-19 years old
  • District of Columbia residents
  • Have a GPA above 2.5 (if they’re out of school, a high school diploma, a GED, or proof of enrollment in a GED program is required)

Published on Friday, August 7, 2009
Please visit to try out our new website! It includes lots of exciting new features, such as:
  • An improved catalog with a simplified hold process
  • Author information (where available) for items in our catalog
  • An online meeting room reservation system
  • Pages dedicated to your local library
  • Booklists and reader’s advisories
  • Streamlined calendar of events
Soon there will be even more capabilities to help you get the most out of your library.

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Published on Saturday, July 25, 2009
View the library's reading list by grade.

DC Public Library and D.C. Public Schools developed these reading lists for your reading pleasure. Search the library’s online catalog for these books.

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Award-Winning Design One Step Closer to Being Finalized

Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

(Washington) - The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) endorsed the D.C. Public Library’s concept designs of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood Library at its July 16 meeting.  This allows the award-winning design created by architects CORE and HMA2 to continue to move toward final concept approval.

“The library looks forward to using the CFA’s comments on the building's exterior to create a design that is compatible with the original Carnegie building,” says Jeff Bonvechio, director of Capital Construction at the D.C. Public Library.  Using the feedback received Thursday, the library will prepare for concept/final at the CFA’s September meeting.

Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Touch gorgeous images of galaxies in tactile displays for the blind and visually impaired at the DC Public Library. Five large-scale tactile images with Braille captions, accompanied by eight visual images, will be on exhibit from July 18 through mid-September at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the images are a part of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's "From the Earth to the Universe" project on tour with support from NASA. The exhibit is in the located on the Second Floor, West Lobby. For library hours and nearest metro, call 202-727-0321, or visit

WHAT:       Touch the Invisible Sky
WHEN:       July 18, 2009 to mid-September 2009

Teens of Distinction Program Earns 2009 Award for Excellence

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2009

(Washington) – The DC Public Library’s Teens of Distinction Program received the 2009 Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Highsmith Award for Excellence at the ULC’s annual conference on July 12.  The award honors the leading urban and metropolitan library youth development program in North America.   

The Teens of Distinction program provides part-time, year-round employment for high-school age D.C. residents.  The library designed the program to attract academically successful teens by providing premium wages for jobs and leadership opportunities.  The teens - who assist with customer service, collections management and special programming - have been instrumental in creating teen-centered programming and pinpointing ways to improve library service to teens.    

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in collaboration with DC Public Library, is seeking East-of-the-River artists, including writers, to submit proposals for four prominent areas inside the new Benning and Anacostia libraries, which are expected to open in spring 2010. The proposed artwork sites provide artists and writers the opportunity to display their work in a large-scale format in a public building.

There are two designated places for art in each building: one is in or near the children’s area and the other is in the adult area of the library. Both libraries have very open floor plans; therefore the artist must be sensitive that the children’s art will be seen from the adult area and vice versa. More detailed descriptions of the art spaces are outlined later in this document.

Works of Late Swedish Artist and Sculptor Carl Kohler Featured

Published on Thursday, July 2, 2009

Who:              D.C. Public Library, Embassy of Sweden

What:             Hosts Opening Reception for the Carl Kohler exhibit, “Beyond the Words”

When:            Tue. July 7, 6:00 p.m.

Where:           Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
                       Great Hall
                       901 G St. N.W.

Many libraries count works by authors like Joyce, Beckett and Kafka in their collections.  From July 1 until August 30, the D.C. Public Library will highlight these and other literary giants as interpreted by the late Swedish artist and sculptor Carl Kohler.  The exhibit will showcase Kohler’s work with oil and ink collage and his experiments with expressionists techniques on subjects found in the worlds of literature, music, dance and theater.