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DC Public Library Urges Area Students to Read This Summer

Summer reading program promotes reading for fun

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.

Notice of Public Hearing

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

Open to the PublicIf 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.Co-SponsorsDCPS Bell Multicultural Public High School

Scientology Founder and Writer Honored at the DC Public Library

Actors Perform L. Ron Hubbard’s “Crossroads”

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

D.C. Big Read Kicks Off with HBO’s “The Wire” Producer George Pelecanos

Annual Celebration Promotes Reading for Pleasure

(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.

Woodridge Neighborhood Library Partners with Pop-Warner Football Team to Promote Fatherhood Essay Competition

(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.

The DC Public Library Showcases Books for Spring

Releases First-Ever Spring Collection Guide

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

D.C. Students Shine at DC Public Library Young Poet Marathon

Innocence, Pride and Peace Featured in National Poetry Month Celebration

(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.

DC Library to Help D.C. Residents Prepare Their Taxes

(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.

Community Gets Sneak Peak of the New Takoma Park Neighborhood Library

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

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.The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library closed in October 2008 for a six-month $1.95 million renovation. Originally scheduled for an April opening, the library will open to the public March 10.

Go-Go Concert, Obama Keepsakes Class Round Out Black History Month Celebration at DC Public Library

Black History Month Celebration at DC Public Library

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.