News Releases

Library Updates Make Finding Ebooks Easier

The DC Public Library has made it easier for customers to discover the e-books, audiobooks, music and videos that people can borrow when they visit their library. Media stations are being installed at libraries citywide that let customers browse downloadable titles using touch and swipe gestures. 

Three Myths About the Burning of Washington, D.C. Debunked

August will mark the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, D.C. as part of the War of 1812.  So much of what really happened has been replaced by tall tales and local lore. Ralph Eshelman, a War of 1812 historian, has visited every known War of 1812 location in the region.

Digital Commons Shows Library of the Future

Today, StateTech Magazine featured the DC Public Library’s Digital Commons in a story about library systems that are imagining and creating libraries of the future.  Digital Commons, which opened almost year ago, has become one of the DC Public Library’s most visited locations because of the classes and technology offered to people and businesses.

Chat Live with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation Architects

Watch the Entire Discussion

On Thursday, July 10 the DC Public Library held an online panel discussion exploring the design of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation.

West End Interim Library Now Open

Today, the West End Interim Library opened for service.   Located in the Watergate Complex at 2522 Virginia Ave., this 4,000 square foot space features separate areas for children, teens and adults, 20 computers and a meeting room for 40 people. The closet metro stop is Foggy Bottom – George Washington University.    The West End Neighborhood Library, at 1101 24th Street NW, will be rebuilt. The new library will be part of a mixed use project being built by EastBanc real estate development company.

President Obama Appoints Library Employee to Administration

Ricardo Thornton to Join President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Yesterday, President Obama announced his intent to appoint DC Public Library employee Ricardo Thornton Sr. to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.   Established in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) provides advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of intellectual disabilities.

Librarian Jerry McCoy Wins Award for Historic Preservation

Jerry McCoy, special collections librarian at the DC Public Library recently received a DAR History Award Medal award from the Monticello Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR History Award Medal is presented to an individual or group whose study and/or promotion of some aspect of American history regionally or nationally has significantly advanced the understanding of America's past.McCoy won for his professional and volunteer activities; including his work with t

Denard Span of Washington Nationals Promotes Summer Reading

This morning, Washington Nationals Outfielder Denard Span chatted with the news team at Fox’s Good Day D.C.  In addition to preparing to start their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, Span talked about being excited that the Nationals are partnering with the DC Public Library for the Summer Reading Program.  The Summer Reading Program is the largest program in the city that addresses the “summer slide,” or the loss of learning that children experience during the summer months.

Marion Barry Memoir Now Available

Today, Marion Barry's autobiography, "Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.," is being released.  Written with novelist Omar Tyree, “Mayor for Life”  covers the 78-year-old Barry’s upbringing, involvement in the Civil Rights movement as well as his four decades in District politics.

Win a Tablet Computer by Learning How Lil Wayne and H.G. Wells Write

Three-Afternoon Workshop Teaches Literary Criticism Through Hip-Hop

Think that Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea and H.G. Wells don’t have anything in common?  Think again.All three writers use tools called literary devices.  When a reader understands those devices, they can recognize and recreate them. Next week, teens at the Petworth Library will learn them at a three-afternoon workshop called Words Liive.  The teen who does the best over the three-afternoon workshop will win a Samsung tablet computer. 

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