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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."

Published on Monday, December 17, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray today congratulated D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper for being named a winner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. She was honored for leading a campaign that has reinvented libraries in the District and raised public awareness of design excellence.

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

The DC Public Library, in partnership with Bread for the Soul, will collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have the disease.  

The toy drive runs through December 14 for children one – 12 years old. Toys and books can be dropped off at any of the 25 public libraries across the District.  Also partnering with the DC Public Library and Bread for the Soul are  DC Water and the Department of Public Works. 

Bread for the Soul is a community organization that works with families living with HIV/Aids.  For more information and a list of library locations, visit the DC Public Library at or call 727-1222.

Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Elissa Miller has been named the Librarian of the Year by America Reads Spanish (ARS).  The award to Miller, the associate director of the Library’s collections, was announced at the LIBER 2012 International Book Fair in Barcelona.

“The Library is dedicated to serving a diverse group of native Spanish speakers in D.C., as well as supporting Spanish language learners and dual language programs,” said Miller. “Our Spanish Languages collections are the primary vehicle for meeting the needs and interest of all Spanish speakers, be they newcomers or long-time District residents.”

“We are so proud that Elissa has received this honor,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia.  “By including books that interests all of our users, Elissa helps ensure that the District’s libraries welcome everyone and value their culture and language.”