News Releases

Noted Authors to Discuss Romania’s Post-Communist Success

In the 20 years since Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu’s Communist totalitarianism, Romania has become a thriving democracy and an economic success. What’s the story behind the Romanian miracle?Former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe and his wife, award-winning journalist Sheilah Kast, discuss Romania’s growth based on their book “Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended it, and Emerged Since 1989 as the New Italy” at Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library on Thursday,  May 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Danny Glover Reads to Students at the NEW Benning Neighborhood Library

Surrounded by children at the Benning Neighborhood Library, Actor and Humanitarian Danny Glover, read a story and took questions to raise awareness about the important role libraries play for children and for communities. Glover’s visit, the day before his new movie “Death at a Funeral” opens in theaters, was to celebrate National Library Week and to help the Lubuto Library Project with their effort to build new libraries in Zambia.

DC Public Library FY2011 Budget Essentially Flat

Maintains Hours; Funds New Libraries

The DC Public Library fiscal year 2011 proposed budget is essentially flat with a decrease of about $170,000 over the fiscal year 2010 budget. This budget allows the library to maintain its current hours and provide the resources needed for the new libraries.  Seven new libraries open in fiscal year 2011 and three this year with Benning Neighborhood Library opening Monday, April 5, Anacostia Library opening later this month and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw opening this summer.

Progress and Promise Mark New Benning Library Opening

The DC Public Library opened the new 22,000-square-foot Benning Neighborhood Library Monday morning with a ribbon cutting.  In addition to celebrating the first of five new libraries opening this year, the event showcased the District’s rapidly-improving library system.

Francis Gregory is Moving: Closes April 15

Interim Location Opens May 10

Francis Gregory Library is moving.  The Library will close Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m.  The interim library will open on Monday, May 10 at 2100 36th Pl. S.E. (near the Ann Beers school).  The interim library will remain open during the construction of the NEW Francis Gregory Library.  The new library will open in spring 2011.

DC Public Library Partnership Helps Increase Broadband Internet Use by Seniors

While the FCC’s newly-released National Broadband Plan recommends creating partnerships to increase the relevance of broadband Internet among older Americans, 60 District residents received a free computer after completing a DC Public Library sponsored computer-training program.

DC Public Library Closed Easter Sunday

On Sunday April 4, the DC Public Library will be closed for Easter.  Library service will resume on Monday, April 5.

Anacostia Interim Library Closing

New Library Opens April 26

The Anacostia Neighborhood Interim Library, located at 1801 Good Hope Road, S.E. will close Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm.  Library services will resume on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the new Anacostia Neighborhood Library, located at 1800 Good Hope Road, S.E. The new two-story library will be 22,000 square feet and feature:Capacity for 80,000 books, DVDs, CDs  and other library materials Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Women’s National Book Association

The DC Public Library celebrates Women’s History Month with a presentation by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library’s Great Hall, on March 26, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Takoma Park Neighborhood Library Featured in American Libraries Magazine

What’s old is new again at the DC Public Library. The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library has been featured in American Libraries magazine’s 2010 Library Design Showcase.