News Releases

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.

DC Public Library Honored for Service to Blind and Physically Handicapped Customers

The DC Public Library’s Adaptive Services Division has been named “Network Library of the Year” by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of Congress.Based in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Adaptive Services Division was honored for its work promoting independent reading and learning; its innovative use of technology and its record of satisfied customers.

Chief Librarian Announces Plans to Step Down

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.

Fifth-Grader Wins $1,000 as First National Letters About Literature Essay Contest From The District

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.

Books & Bites Returns

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.

District Students Understand Their Stories Through Reading

Essay Contest Promotes Reflection by Writing to Authors

"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."

Raising Readers with Your Library

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

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.

This is Your Brain on "Bossypants"

World Book Night Promotes Reading for Pleasure

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. 

Jan. 28: Weather Delays Morning Library Openings 2 Hours

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. 

Public Computer Service Restored

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. 

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