News Releases

Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

After nearly seven years at the helm of the DC Public Library, today Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper announced plans to retire later this year.

Cooper will remain chief librarian for the next few months until the library board names a successor. During that time, Cooper will oversee the increase in library hours and the initial phase of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation, funding that is included in Mayor Vincent C. Gray's proposed fiscal year 2014 library budget and pending approval by City Council.

"It is truly an honor to be here at this important time for the library and for the city," said Cooper. "My departure is bittersweet. While I look forward to what the future will bring, I will miss being a part of a team that works hard every day to provide great library service to residents of the District."

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray congratulated Alessandra Selassie, a fifth-grader at BASIS DC Charter School, for $1,000 for being the first Letters About Literature Essay Contest winner from the District.

Sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, and locally by the DC Public Library, Letters About Literature asks young people in grades 4 through 10 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.  Alessandra wrote to Laura Ingalls Wilder about how her books helped Alessandra understand her father's experience in his native Eritrea.  

Published on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Books & Bites returns to the DC Public Library.  For a limited time, different D.C. Food Truck Association food trucks will visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library every Wednesday.

Books & Bites Time: 11:45 a.m.

BBQ Bus -@bbqbusdc 
Big Cheese -@bigcheesetruck 
Goodie's Frozen Custard -@goodiesdc 

Bring your friends, family and appetite.

Essay Contest Promotes Reflection by Writing to Authors

Published on Saturday, April 27, 2013

"When I want water, I turn on the tap.  When it’s dark, I turn on the light.  While my life is so different than yours, I was still so touched by your books because they helped me to finally understand the life of someone I love: my father."

Alessandra Selassie, a fifth-grader at BASIS DC, wrote those words to author Laura Ingalls Wilder about how her stories helped her understand her father's experience in his native Eritria.  This Saturday, Allessandra and eight other students will be honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as winners in the 2013 Letters About Literature writing contest.

Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the DC Public Library, the Letters About Literature contest asks students to write a letter to an author discussing how that author’s book changed their world view.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros showcases diversity of Library books and programs

Published on Friday, April 26, 2013

Culture, heritage and language are powerful tools for getting kids excited about reading.  The DC Public Library is showcasing how these tools enrich its children's programs in this year’s El día de los niños/El día de los libros celebration.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a nationally-recognized program that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children.   The Library is hosting 20 programs across the District.

World Book Night Promotes Reading for Pleasure

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This evening, don’t be surprised to see people on street corners giving away books.  They are participating in World Book Night — and inadvertently offering stress relief.
51 District volunteers are among 25,000 people around the country distributing free copies of popular books. Their goal is to remind people that reading is a way to relax and be entertained.
Library Associate Racheal Hawthorne is volunteering and plans to give her books away at bus stops near the Gallery Place Metro Station.  "I do most of my reading while riding the bus to and from work.   It takes my mind off my daily stress while keeping my mind active."

Published on Monday, January 28, 2013

Due to weather conditions, DC Public Library locations that are scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. -- Anacostia, Cleveland Park, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Georgetown, Lamond-Riggs, Northwest One, Palisades, Southeast, Takoma Park and William O. Lockridge/Bellevue -- are on a two-hour delay (opening at 11:30 a.m.) on Monday, Jan. 28.  

Library locations set to open in the afternoon (12 p.m. or 1 p.m.) will open as scheduled. 

Published on Friday, January 11, 2013

Access to public computers has been restored at DC Public Library locations.

Express computers continue to be available, as well as other options for information access: WiFi is available, and you can access your account via our mobile apps. As always, our library staff are happy to help you with any questions you have.

Thank you for your continued patience. 

Offers Free Web-based Classes

Published on Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1 not only marks a new year, it also marks the beginning of many familiar resolutions. While losing weight, getting organized, learning something new, or saving more money are common goals, research has shown that only 8 percent of the people who make resolutions keep them.  Luckily, Library users can jump-start or stay on track with their 2013 resolutions using more than 500 free online courses.

Through a partnership with Universal Class, Library users can take courses and receive certificates of completion in a broad range of classes, including Weight Management, Time Management, Budgeting and Saving, and How to Quit Smoking.

Published on Monday, December 31, 2012

William O. Lockridge/BellevueThe District's new libraries stand out in their neighborhoods, and they continue to win praise nationally. The Wall Street Journal has recognized the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue and Francis A. Gregory libraries as two of the best designed buildings for 2012.

"We are proud that the District continues to be honored for offering its residents world-class libraries," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the DC Public Library. "By putting great design in the heart of our city's neighborhoods, more District residents are discovering all the wonderful things their Library offers."