News Releases

DC Public Library to Change Hours, Services

Library Faces $4.8 Million Budget Reduction

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.”

Library Launches City’s First Mentor-Protégé Program

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

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.

Library Helps with Homework as Students Head Back to School

Books and Databases Make Homework Easier

(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:

DC Public Library Seeks New Teens of Distinction

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

(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.  

Sneak Preview

Please visit preview.dclibrary.org 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

Reading Is Fun! Check it Out!

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.Pre-KindergartenKindergartenFirst GradeSecond Grade

Commission of Fine Arts Reviews Mount Pleasant Library

Award-Winning Design One Step Closer to Being Finalized

(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.

Touch the Invisible Sky

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.

DC Public Library Teens Honored by Urban Libraries Council

Teens of Distinction Program Earns 2009 Award for Excellence

(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.   

Call to Ward 7 and Ward 8 Artists and Writers!

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.

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