News Releases

Current Brooklyn Public Library Head Chosen as Result of Nationwide Search

Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) Board of Trustees announced that Richard Reyes-Gavilan has been named the DCPL’s new Executive Director.
Reyes-Gavilan, 44, currently serves as the Chief Librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library, a position he has held since 2011. He was selected from a national search conducted by the DCPL Board of Trustees to replace Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, who retired on October 31, 2013.
“Since 2006, the D.C. Public Library system has gone from something overlooked by far too many District residents to being a vital part of communities across our city,” said Mayor Gray. “With Richard taking the helm in March, I’m confident that this transformation will continue, and District residents are going to be impressed and amazed by what their libraries have to offer.”

Published on Monday, December 23, 2013

Today the Library selected Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the final three architect teams for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation.
The finalists will develop two preliminary design ideas: one of a stand-alone library and one of a mixed-use building with additional floors. Both design ideas are intended to show each team’s vision and approach to renovating the central library. No decisions have been made on the type or extent of the renovations or additions to the library.

Published on Thursday, November 7, 2013

The DC Public Library Board of Trustees has named Joi Mecks Interim Chief Librarian following the retirement of Ginnie Cooper. Ms. Mecks has served on the senior management team as the library's director of communications since 2008 where she was charged with managing and promoting the library's image and brand.

Prior to joining the DC Public Library, Ms. Mecks served as the Director of Marketing Communications for the Chicago Public Schools where she served and advised then-CEO Arne Duncan, currently the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Library Giving Away Tickets to Promote Downloadable Music

Published on Thursday, November 7, 2013

Did you miss out on getting tickets to the upcoming Beyoncé or P!nk concerts at the Verizon Center? Now through Dec. 7, the DC Public Library is giving away two tickets to both shows as part of The Great Fall Concert Ticket Giveaway.
To enter the contest, library card holders need to log in to Freegal Music using their library card number and fill out an online entry form. Entries for the P!NK: The Truth About Love Tour will be from Nov. 1 through Nov. 14. One winner will be selected for two tickets to the Nov. 24 P!nk concert. Entries for Beyoncé: The Mrs. Carter Show will be from Nov. 24 through Dec. 7. One winner will be selected for two tickets to the Dec. 18 Beyoncé concert.  

Upgrade Will Involve Planned Outages from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6.

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2013

On Thurs., Nov. 7, the DC Public Library will release a new and improved online catalog. The transition to the new catalog will start on Nov. 4 with library customers having limited or no access to the online catalog during the upgrade.

The improved catalog will make it easier for library customers find books, eBooks, DVDs, audiobooks and more. The new catalog will also let customers search from the library’s Facebook page, renew checked out items with one click, text details about an item to a cell phone and find an item even if they don’t have the correct spelling. The catalog will also be available in multiple languages including Spanish, French and Chinese.

In order to switch to the new catalog, the following outages are planned:

Volunteer support and informational workshops address common concerns

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

For many Americans 50 and older, uncertainty is the new normal.  Now more than ever, older adults are often having to balance work, home and family and may be unsure of where to turn to find resources and support. In the District, a pilot partnership between the DC Public Library and AARP Foundation launched today to help older adults connect to important resources and get advice and assistance from trained volunteers; all while socializing with their neighbors.

New Online Platform Launched to Seek Public Input, Feedback Shared with Firms

Published on Friday, October 18, 2013

Today, ten firms were selected to move to the next round in the search for an architect team to help design the next generation Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.

The firms (listed below) are invited to respond to a request for technical proposal which goal is to determine how firms would approach designing the library.  Proposals are due Nov. 18. A pre-submittal conference will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. No firms are expected to submit design concepts during this round. Instead, proposals will be judged by a team of library, urban planning, architecture and preservation experts that will look at the firms’

Expanded hours to begin citywide Oct. 1, 2013

Published on Monday, September 23, 2013

Today, the DC Public Library welcomed 117 new employees for orientation.  The new hires support the library's new schedule for fiscal year 2014.  

"Expanded hours are a win-win for those who rely on the library being open when they need it and for the 117 people who are now our newest colleagues," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library. "The leadership of Mayor Gray and the City Council has ensured that your library has the people in place to support the new hours. Their commitment means more time to read, do homework, use a computer and attend community meetings at your library."

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

In keeping with the DC Language Access Act of 2004, the Library will update the public on the programs and services offered to the Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, French and Vietnamese speaking communities as outlined in the Language Access Plan for Fiscal Year 2013.  The update will take place at the Board of Library Trustees meeting on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will take place at the Anacostia Library, located at 1801 Good Hope Road S.E.  Board of Library Trustees meetings are open to the public and are generally held on the fourth Wednesday every other month at Library locations throughout the system.

Library's Sing Talk and Read Family Festival Offers Free Books, Games, Workshops

Published on Thursday, September 12, 2013

This Saturday, the DC Public Library is showing all of the ways parents can help young children build their vocabularies, fall in love with reading and develop the skills needed for school -- beyond just books -- at the STAR (Sing, Talk and Read) Family Festival.

Saturday’s event is hosted by the Library and backed by research showing that conversations, gestures and interactions between parents/caregivers and children from birth builds a foundation for learning. The festival will promote ways to weave singing, talking and reading into daily activities.