News Releases

The Wall Street Journal Names Two Libraries Among 2012's Best-Designed Buildings

The 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.

Mayor Gray Congratulates D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper on Winning 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture

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.

DC Public Library Collects Toys and Books for Children With HIV/AIDS

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. 

Elissa Miller Named Librarian of the Year for Promoting Reading in Spanish

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.”

DC Public Library to Open Wed., Oct. 31

The library will be open on Monday, Oct. 31. For further updates, look online at dclibrary.org, on Twitter at @dcpl, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dclibrary.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and City Leaders Cut Ribbon on Renovated Mt. Pleasant Library

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

(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.

DC Public Library Campaign Aims to Increase Number of Library Cardholders

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

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.

DC Public Library Explores Future of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Building

Residents Invited to Sept. 19 Discussion

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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Celebrates 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

Books & Bites @ the Library

Food Trucks come to MLK Library

(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.

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