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Published on Sunday, October 28, 2012

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$11.2 Million Project Renovated, Modernized, Expanded & Preserved Historic Carnegie Building

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today joined Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and D.C. Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper in cutting the ribbon on a renovated and modernized Mt. Pleasant Library. The historic library has been expanded to support modern uses and to highlight architectural and artistic elements of the building – one of the District’s oldest public libraries.

Between 1883 and 1929, more than 2,500 libraries across the United States and around the world were built with funds provided by famous Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Mt. Pleasant Library, opened in 1925, was a Carnegie-funded library.

“I’m a Cardholder. Get Your Card.” Campaign Runs Through September

Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September is national library card sign-up month.  The DC Public Library is celebrating the month with the “I’m a Cardholder. Get Your Card.” library card campaign. The campaign features Washingtonians of all ages, all professions, and all walks of life with their library card.

Throughout September, posters will appear on Metro buses, in Metro stations, on movie theater screens, in newspapers, and online.   Library locations will also give away promotional items, including a specially designed souvenir cup and 20 percent off coupon from Firehook Bakery and Coffee House, courtesy of the DC Public Library foundation.  

Residents Invited to Sept. 19 Discussion

Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Aug. 28 2012 -- Forty years after the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors, the DC Public Library explores what’s possible for the historic building and what makes a spectacular central library.  District residents are encouraged to join in the discussion at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Board of Library Trustees at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, 6 p.m.  Nationally recognized architects and library experts will present ideas to board members and residents.

“We are eager to hear from library users, lovers of architecture, and others about what can be done to improve the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.

Published on Friday, August 17, 2012
40th anniversary

On Aug. 21, 1972, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors for the very first time.  This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the only public library in the world designed by Mies van der Rohe with discussions, a film series and a family festival.

Exhibit: "Less is More": Mies van der Rohe and the Making of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Monday, Aug. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 30
G Street windows

Food Trucks come to MLK Library

Published on Friday, August 3, 2012

(August 3, 2012) – Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. starting Aug. 8 for a limited time, food trucks will be parked outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, as part of the Books & Bites @ the Library initiative.  People can grab lunch at the food trucks, relax at special seating just outside of the library and enjoy the library’s free WiFi and other services.  Each week will feature different D.C. Food Truck Association food trucks.

“During the lunchtime, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library bustles with people who stop by to pick up books before rushing to get lunch,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library.  “Books and Bites makes the library a place where people can pick up a good book and good food.”

New Library to Open in September

Published on Friday, July 20, 2012

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, located at 3162 Mount Pleasant St. NW, will close Saturday, August 18. The renovated and expanded Mt. Pleasant Library at 3160 16th St. NW will open Wednesday, September 12. 

The Mt. Pleasant Library is 22,000 square feet and features:

  • More than 40,000 books, DVDs and other items with space to hold up to 80,000
  • Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children
  • Public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers
  • A large program room for up to 100 people and two 12-person conference rooms
  • Quiet study rooms for up to two people

During the move, Library customers can return books to any DC Public Library.  Holds can be picked up from the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, located at 1630 7th St. NW.

Published on Monday, July 9, 2012

Chris Tonjes, the Library's Chief Information Officer, has been named the new Chief Information Officer for the city of Baltimore, MD.

“While we are sad to see Chris go, we are excited for the opportunity that he has in Baltimore," said Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia.  “Chris has been the backbone for the Library's work to close the digital divide in the District and has helped make the Library an innovator with technology.  We will always be grateful for his work and his leadership."

Published on Thursday, July 5, 2012

The DC Public Library is participating in the District's Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP).  Eleven libraries will serve lunch from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays to children and teens 18 and younger.
Identification is not required.

The program runs through Aug. 10 at the following locations:

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Road, SE

Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library
3935 Benning Road, NE

Capitol View Neighborhood Library
5001 Central Avenue, SE

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library
3660 Alabama Ave., SE

Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library
7420 Georgia Ave., NW

Lamond Riggs Neighborhood Library
5401 S. Dakota Ave., NE

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St., NW

Published on Monday, June 25, 2012

Two DC Public Library capitol projects were honored at the Ninth Annual Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The awards, presented by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office on June 21, included a Stewardship award for the Georgetown library.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Design Guidelines received a Publication award.

“The Library is pleased to receive these honors,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “The Georgetown and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial libraries are loved and valued by the District.  We take great pride in ensuring that our work improves the buildings while respecting their history.”