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Residents Invited to Sept. 19 Discussion

Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Aug. 28 2012 -- Forty years after the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors, the DC Public Library explores what’s possible for the historic building and what makes a spectacular central library.  District residents are encouraged to join in the discussion at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Board of Library Trustees at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, 6 p.m.  Nationally recognized architects and library experts will present ideas to board members and residents.

“We are eager to hear from library users, lovers of architecture, and others about what can be done to improve the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.

Published on Friday, August 17, 2012
40th anniversary

On Aug. 21, 1972, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors for the very first time.  This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the only public library in the world designed by Mies van der Rohe with discussions, a film series and a family festival.

Exhibit: "Less is More": Mies van der Rohe and the Making of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Monday, Aug. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 30
G Street windows

Food Trucks come to MLK Library

Published on Friday, August 3, 2012

(August 3, 2012) – Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. starting Aug. 8 for a limited time, food trucks will be parked outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, as part of the Books & Bites @ the Library initiative.  People can grab lunch at the food trucks, relax at special seating just outside of the library and enjoy the library’s free WiFi and other services.  Each week will feature different D.C. Food Truck Association food trucks.

“During the lunchtime, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library bustles with people who stop by to pick up books before rushing to get lunch,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library.  “Books and Bites makes the library a place where people can pick up a good book and good food.”

New Library to Open in September

Published on Friday, July 20, 2012

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, located at 3162 Mount Pleasant St. NW, will close Saturday, August 18. The renovated and expanded Mt. Pleasant Library at 3160 16th St. NW will open Wednesday, September 12. 

The Mt. Pleasant Library is 22,000 square feet and features:

  • More than 40,000 books, DVDs and other items with space to hold up to 80,000
  • Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children
  • Public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers
  • A large program room for up to 100 people and two 12-person conference rooms
  • Quiet study rooms for up to two people

During the move, Library customers can return books to any DC Public Library.  Holds can be picked up from the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, located at 1630 7th St. NW.

Published on Monday, July 9, 2012

Chris Tonjes, the Library's Chief Information Officer, has been named the new Chief Information Officer for the city of Baltimore, MD.

“While we are sad to see Chris go, we are excited for the opportunity that he has in Baltimore," said Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia.  “Chris has been the backbone for the Library's work to close the digital divide in the District and has helped make the Library an innovator with technology.  We will always be grateful for his work and his leadership."

Published on Thursday, July 5, 2012

The DC Public Library is participating in the District's Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP).  Eleven libraries will serve lunch from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays to children and teens 18 and younger.
Identification is not required.

The program runs through Aug. 10 at the following locations:

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Road, SE

Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library
3935 Benning Road, NE

Capitol View Neighborhood Library
5001 Central Avenue, SE

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library
3660 Alabama Ave., SE

Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library
7420 Georgia Ave., NW

Lamond Riggs Neighborhood Library
5401 S. Dakota Ave., NE

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St., NW

Published on Monday, June 25, 2012

Two DC Public Library capitol projects were honored at the Ninth Annual Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The awards, presented by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office on June 21, included a Stewardship award for the Georgetown library.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Design Guidelines received a Publication award.

“The Library is pleased to receive these honors,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “The Georgetown and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial libraries are loved and valued by the District.  We take great pride in ensuring that our work improves the buildings while respecting their history.”

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 – Monday evening, the DC Public Library Foundation hosted a sneak peek event at the New Francis Gregory Library to thank library supporters and to encourage others to support their library.

Hosted by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DC Public Library Board of Trustees chairman John W. Hill, more than 100 attendees marveled at the new building, designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye, the night before it opened to the public.

"The DC Public Library has quickly become one of the most forward-thinking systems in the country," Mayor Gray said. "Just as the staff and library board should be applauded, those who support the library system also deserve praise. Their commitment to the library has helped it achieve its success."

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper said that the Foundation has been key to the Library’s progress.

Facility Offers 40,000 Books & Other Materials, Inviting Places for Reading and Meeting

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 – Just as students are getting out of school for the summer and the D.C. Public Library’s summer reading program swings into full gear, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and world-renowned British architect David Adjaye today opened the brand-new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library. The cutting-edge design offers residents of Hillcrest, Randle Highlands, Fairfax Village and other parts of Southeast D.C. an inviting new space in which to take advantage of the books and other materials, Internet access and multiple community gathering spaces the facility offers.

Published on Friday, June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 -- From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, and related sites (including the catalog and Overdrive) will be down for scheduled maintenance. The iPhone, Android and Facebook applications will also be inaccessible.

We apologize for any inconvenience.