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Have Your Little Monster Draw a Monster at the DC Public Library

Art Contest to Benefit Jolie-Pitt Founded Foundation

As kids across the city look for Halloween celebrations and activities, the DC Public Library offers an art activity with a twist.

Volunteers Help DC Public Library

While the Library’s reduced budget has changed some of the ways that the it operates, one thing has remained constant.  District residents continue to support the Library as volunteers. 

High School Seniors, Check Out the Library’s College Resources

November is a busy time for high school seniors.  Many college early admission applications are due.  The November and December SATs loom.  Personal statements and essays have to be written and edited.  At every part of the college application process, the DC Public Library can help students.

Celebrate Halloween

Family-Friendly Activities at DC Public Library

Before sending your little monsters out for a spirited night of trick or treating, stop by the DC Public Library for family-friendly activities at locations around the District.Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.Halloween PartyPalisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. N.W.Children ages 3 to 12 will enjoy ghoulish stories, games and treats. Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.Lil’ Monsters and MysteriesPetworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W.

DC Public Library Celebrates New Teen Space

Washington Redskin London Fletcher Featured

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.”

DC Public Library Launches New Web Site

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.  Sections for children, teens and researches have been redesigned.  In addition, each neighborhood library has its own page featuring events and notices specific to that location.  Some of the Web site’s features include:a new calendar that filters events by day, location, and type of program

Art for Sale at New DC Public Library Exhibit

Purchases to Benefit Library Programs

Mayor Fenty, DC Public Library Opens New 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.

New DC Public Library Hours Take Effect Monday

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

Library Hour Changes Frequently Asked Questions

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?