News Releases

Ten Firms Make Cut, Move to Next Round in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation Search

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

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.

Library Ramping Up for More Hours

Expanded hours to begin citywide Oct. 1, 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.  

Library Provides Update on Language Outreach Programs and Services at Board of Library Trustee Meeting

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.

Library Festival Promotes Early Literacy With, And Without, Books

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

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.

Library Receives 250 Graphic Novel Donation

Recipient of the 2013 Small Press Expo Graphic Novel Gift Program

Today The Small Press Expo (SPX) has named the District of Columbia Public Library the 2013 recipient of its Graphic Novel Gift Program. Two-hundred and fifty graphic novels, representing 63 different titles from 5 different publishers, will be added to the collections at the Rosedale and William O. Lockridge/Bellevue libraries.  

Support Your Library, Eat at Chipotle

Love your library?  Love Chipotle? Library supporters who visit select Chipotle restaurants from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 will have 50 percent of the cost of their meal donated to the DC Public Library Foundation. 

Win $500 in the Dream Lab Logo Design Contest

The DC Public Library is looking for a talented artist to leave their mark on the new Digital Commons. They are sponsoring a logo contest for the new the Dream Lab. The winning logo will be used in printed material, on the web site and on social media. The winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card.

News Dominant Among Library Magazine Readers

When it comes to magazines, District library users prefer news and information over celebrity updates.In a review of magazines downloaded from the DC Public library "The Economist," "Consumer Reports," "Newsweek" and "National Geographic Interactive" were four of the five most popular magazines. Us Weekly was the only entertainment magazine in the top five.

Library Opens Digital Commons

Entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, tech novices, students and makers have a new place to see their ideas become reality.  Today, the DC Public Library opened the Digital Commons, an 11,000 square-foot place to connect, collaborate and co-work using technology for free.

Mayor Gray Kicks off Early-Literacy Campaign and Urges Parents to Sing, Talk and Read with Young Children

Campaign Helps Build Literacy Skills and Get Children Ready for School

Research shows that talking about your day or telling a story, singing made-up songs or songs from the radio and reading children’s books with young children all help build literacy skills and prepare them to learn when they go to school. Today, at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Mayor Vincent C. Gray launched a campaign to raise awareness of the important role parents and caregivers play in getting their children ready to learn. The Mayor was joined by D.C.

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