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Published on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The DC Public Library now offers library cardholders access to more than 2 million songs to download on their MP3 players or computers.  Library users can keep the music they download.  The files never expire.

Music from Sony Music's vast music collection and more than 10,000 independent labels are available at the library.  Library users with valid library cards can download up to three music tracks each week — 156 songs a year —at no cost from the library’s website, dclibrary.org.  Songs can be searched by artist, song title and genre. 

"For many in the District, their neighborhood library is dclibrary.org,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library.  “Offering music online extends the role libraries can play in connecting the public with artist and styles that they know as well as helping them discover new genres."  

Published on Monday, November 28, 2011

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 library location.  Monetary donations can be sent to Bread for the Soul at the following address:

Bread for the Soul
905 6th Street, S.W., Suite 302B
Washington, DC  20024
(202) 421-8608

DC Water and the Department of Public Works are also  partnering with Bread for the Soul.  Bread for the Soul is a community organization that works with families living with HIV/Aids.

Published on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

On Saturday, December 3, the DC Public Library will honor the legacy of Laurent Clerc and Thomas H. Gallaudet with a program called “Deaf Education and American Sign Language.”

Originated by the Library in December 1974, the Clerc-Gallaudet Week promotes library awareness in the deaf community and deaf awareness in the library community.   Every year, notable achievers from the deaf community are honored.   Six deaf speakers from the Washington Metropolitan area will participate this year.

Gallaudet University Librarian Diana Gates Moore will discuss what it was like for deaf children to go to school with hearing students at the beginning of the 19th century, before the American School for the Deaf opened.

Published on Friday, November 18, 2011

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) presented its findings and recommendations today at a public meeting on the use and potential of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building.   The ULI findings are designed to help guide District leaders and residents in making decisions about the use of the building.

“The recommendations presented today will be used to begin a conversation with elected leaders and the public about what is possible for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “As the remaining neighborhood libraries are being rebuilt or renovated, now is the time to begin planning how to provide modern library service at a downtown central library.” 

Accomplished Nonprofit and Political Fundraiser to Transform Organization

Published on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) announces the selection of Linnea Dyer Hegarty as the organization’s next executive director. DCPLF is a nonprofit organization that provides a margin of excellence to the DC Public Library with resources that supplement local government funding.

Photos and Stories from “The Color of Hay; The Peasants of Maramureş”

Published on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Maramureş Valley in Northern Romania is so remote that generations of peasant farming practices remained intact.  As modern amenities like cable TV began to reach the region, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin documented how the people changed.   On December 15, McLaughlin will share her experience and photographs from her book, “The Color of Hay; The Peasants of Maramureş” at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, October 31, 2011

The DC Public Library’s Teen Coordinator, Rebecca Renard, presented at the TEDxMidAtlantic conference Saturday.  Her lecture, entitled “Three Truths about Engaging Teens,” drew from programs that have made the Library a destination for many District teenagers. 

Rebecca Renard speaks at TEDxMidAtlantic Conference.  Photo Credit: TEDxMidAtlantic,  Chris Suspect.The TEDxMidAtlantic conference explored how understanding people’s relationship to a location is critical to spreading knowledge, ideas and solutions.

Urban Land Institute to Conduct Five-day Review

Published on Thursday, October 27, 2011

The DC Public Library in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), will engage the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to review and assess the value of the Mies van der Rohe designed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building, 901 G St., NW, and make recommendations on how to leverage the value of the building to benefit the District of Columbia.

"The Other Wes Moore" Is 2011 Selection for Effort to Encourage Reading

Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper encouraged District residents to read and discuss The Other Wes Moore, the book that is the featured selection for the 2011 D.C. Reads campaign.

“D.C. Reads not only encourages us to read, but also to love to read,” said Mayor Gray. “When our young people see adults who love reading, they begin to love reading.”

Published on Friday, September 30, 2011

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that funding will be made available to ensure the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will remain open on Sundays.

"The library plays an important role in supporting education for students of all ages and providing job search and career assistance," said Mayor Gray. "We are pleased we were able to identify funding to keep the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library open on Sundays."

The library will receive $316,000 for Sunday hours, ensuring that residents continue to have library service seven days a week. The funding also ensures that the library remains open on Sundays, as it has continuously since 1972, the year it opened.

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