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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.  

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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

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.

DC Public Library Exhibit Goes “Beyond the Words”

Works of Late Swedish Artist and Sculptor Carl Kohler Featured

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

Author, Parent and Autism Activist Michelle Pierce Burns Discusses New Book at DC Public Library

Who:               Michele Pierce Burns, Author and Autism ActivistWhat:              Discusses and signs copies of her book, DANSON: the Extraordinary Discovery of an                                Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings.

MLK Closed on Sundays

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is closed on Sundays

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.