News Releases

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.”

Releases First-Ever Spring Collection Guide

Published on Thursday, April 9, 2009

(Washington) This spring, the D.C. Public Library released Bloom, a guide showcasing the library’s books, DVDs and CDs for spring.

The guide includes the library’s newest and most popular books, DVDs, audio books and downloadable videos to help the public meet personal goals, explore new hobbies and entertain themselves.  Since mid-March 2,500 copies have been distributed.  Due to overwhelming demand, the library will issue 2,100 additional copies to be available in mid-April.  In addition, an online version can be found at

Innocence, Pride and Peace Featured in National Poetry Month Celebration

Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) Warren Fields used to think that there was light under his skin.  In his poem, “I Shine!” Fields falls and sees his own blood.  The 10-year-old’s response, “I was disappointed.”  Fields and 75 other young poets in the fourth and fifth grades will perform their original poems at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on April 2 as part of the library’s National Poetry Month celebration.

The students are participants in DC SCORES, an after-school program that combines soccer, poetry, service-learning and homework help.  In addition to performing at the D.C. Public Library, poems like 10-year-old Nashae Prout’s will be on display in the Children’s Division throughout April.

Published on Tuesday, March 17, 2009

(Washington D.C.)  With the federal income tax filing deadline less than a month away, the D.C. Public Library is offering free tax assistance and information.  The library, already experiencing an increase in usage, expects the number of people seeking tax help to rise this year as more residents look for no-cost options. 

“In these times of economic uncertainty and tax changes, many people are turning to the library for help,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the D.C. Public Library.

The library has tax forms available on self-service stands, and in partnership with organizations like AARP Tax Aide and Community Tax Aid, the library is providing tax preparation assistance to middle and low-income residents.  

First full-service library to open in 19 years completed one month ahead of schedule

Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper; D.C. Council Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation Chair Harry Thomas Jr.; Councilmember Muriel Bowser; Board of Library Trustees President John Hill; and Board of Library Trustee members for a tour of the newly-renovated Takoma Park Neighborhood Library today.

Black History Month Celebration at DC Public Library

Published on Friday, February 27, 2009

Go-Go music is a form of musical expression indigenous to the African-American neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. The panel will be moderated by John Mercer, a member of the Go-Go band EU – known for its 1980s hit song “Da Butt.” Concert follows panel discussion.

The “Preserving Presidential Inaugural Memorabilia” class will teach participants how to preserve photos, newspapers, buttons, T-shirts, caps and other mementos collected during President Barack Obama’s historic Inauguration.

Published on Monday, February 23, 2009

Many of us at the DC Public Library are deeply sad to learn of the death of J. Max Bond.  As Chief Librarian, I have had the pleasure of working with architects who have wonderful and well-deserved reputations - locally, nationally, and internationally.  Max is foremost among these.

The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw and Benning Neighborhood Libraries, now under construction, have Max's indelible fingerprints.  Max brought world-class, designs to DC residents.  He had an incomparable spirit and the determination to make each project a masterpiece.

I will miss him.

I send my condolences to his family and his associates at Davis Brody Bond Aedas.

Responsibilities Will Include a Focus on High-Performance Culture

Published on Monday, February 23, 2009

The D.C. Public Library has named Barbara L. Kirven director of human resources and Angela R. Simpson workforce training and development manager.

Kirven will head the library’s Human Resources Department. Her responsibilities will include partnering with library staff and management to implement strategic human capital, organization structure, recruitment and retention programs that foster an employee-oriented, high-performance culture. In addition, Kirven will play a key role in developing and communicating the library's vision and strategies.