News Releases

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is closed on Sundays

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The main building of the DC Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (MLK), is closed on Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please check the Hours and Locations section of our Website for Sunday hours after Labor Day 2009.  

Published on Friday, May 22, 2009

(Washington) - The Commission of Fine Arts endorsed the D.C. Public Library’s concept designs of the Washington Highlands and Francis A. Gregory neighborhood libraries at its May meeting.  This allows the world-renowned architect David Adjaye to move forward with developing final design plans.

“We are delighted that the Library is moving one step closer to building these new libraries,” said Ginnie Cooper chief librarian for the DC Public Library.  “Library users in the District deserve world-class buildings and David’s designs will offer these neighborhoods an innovate space that will serve them well into the future.’  

At the meeting Thursday, the library was praised for selecting high-caliber architects to design neighborhood libraries.  When approving the Adjaye concept designs, the commission noted, “this could be the golden age of libraries in the District.”  

Help available to prepare District residents for June 12 transition

Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The D.C. Public Library in partnership with Radio Shack and the Maryland, D.C. and Delaware Broadcasters Association, is hosting DTV conversion workshops beginning May 13, 2009.  The workshops are designed to help residents prepare for the digital television conversion on June 12.  

While the federal government has mandated that all full-power television stations begin broadcasting only in digital on June 12, many local households are not prepared to receive digital signals. In DC, 82,000 households are not connected to a converter box, cable, satellite or other subscription service needed to receive digital television programming.  In addition, 342,000 DC households have only upgraded some of their television equipment.

Do you use your public library's Website, computers or Internet access?

Published on Monday, May 11, 2009

From May 11 to May 25, the D.C. Public Library is participating in a nationwide Internet survey to find out how people use the free computers and Internet connections in public libraries.  The U.S. IMPACT Web survey is being conducted by the University of Washington Information School with support from the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation.

The survey is available on the D.C. Public Library’s website,  All information collected is anonymous and the survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Financial Experts to Help Answer the Question, “How Can I Afford Retirement”

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2009

Today’s financial crisis poses challenges for everyone, especially for older Americans facing retirement. With rising costs, reduced values in the real estate market, and the current economic distress, many wonder if they will ever be able to retire.

To address consumer concerns, the D.C. Public Library, in conjunction with the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB), the Investor Protection Trust and the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area, presents the “Can I Afford Retirement?” investor education seminar series in your community.  The program starts May 14 and it is for individuals at all levels of investment experience who are either approaching retirement or have recently retired.


Summer reading program promotes reading for fun

Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The D.C. Public Library launched its citywide summer reading program today with a day-long celebration featuring activities performances and of course reading. The kick-off and a host of other activities happening this summer are designed to encourage students to read for fun and to emphasize the importance of reading during summer break. Studies show that students risk losing significant gains in reading if they don’t read over the summer.

“Encouraging children and teens to love reading is important to the library year-round,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the D.C. Public Library. “In addition, enjoying a book in the summer saves students from losing three months of reading gains made in the previous school year.”

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant

Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Open to the Public

If you would like to provide public testimony or make a presentation please contact (202) 727-1839 to register by May 11, 2009. Registered participants will be allowed to provide 3 minutes of testimony. Non-registered participants will be allowed to testify time permitting.

If you require translation services or Sign Language interpretation please call (202) 727-1839 no later than May 4, 2009.


Actors Perform L. Ron Hubbard’s “Crossroads”

Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Who:                Dion Graham – Actor, Law&Order and The Wire
                        Joe Marioano – Emmy Award Winning Actor, The Young and the Restless
                        Jim Meskimen – Actor, Frost/Nixon
                        Tamra Meskimen – Co-founder, The Really Spontaneous Theatre Company
                        Josh Thompson – Actor, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

What:              Celebrates the 75th anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard as a professional writer with a                                     performance of The Crossroads.

When:             Sunday, May 3, 2:30 p.m.

Annual Celebration Promotes Reading for Pleasure

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) George Pelecanos, crime author and producer of the HBO series The Wire joined the D.C. Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts and the D.C. Humanities Council at the 2009 Big Read Kick-off ceremony Saturday April 25 at Gallaudet University.  The annual citywide celebration, which runs from April 23 to May 23, aims to restore reading to the center of American culture.

This year people all over the city will read Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. The book follows five characters living in a small southern town that are connected to a deaf-mute loner named John Singer.  The themes of angst, isolation and racism are explored as each character pours their heart out to Singer.  

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper encouraged people to explore new ways of enjoying books during this year’s Big Read.

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

(Washington)  The Woodridge Neighborhood Library is sponsoring a Father's Day essay contest aimed at emphasizing the importance of fathers to the development of children.

This is the second year that the library has sponsored the contest.  Children and teens aged 10 to 16 are eligible.  Participants are asked to write a one-page essay completing and expanding on the following sentence, "Fathers are special because...”  The essay can be about the child’s biological father or other significant father figure.

While the essay contest was successful last year, librarian Marcia Cross-Briscoe would like boys to enter this year.  

“Last year, only girls entered,” said Cross-Briscoe.  “This year, we have partnered with the Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization, Inc., with the hope that some of the males in their program will write essays.”