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Mayor Fenty, DC Public Library Opens New Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library

Monday, Mayor Adrian Fenty, joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, and members of the District of Columbia Board of Library Trustees celebrated the opening of the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library with a ribbon-cutting.  The new library, located in the Shops at Parkland at 1547 Alabama Ave., replaces the Parklands-Turner Kiosk.

New DC Public Library Hours Take Effect Monday

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, the DC Public Library’s hours will change at all locations.   Library service will continue to be offered seven days a week. The hour changes include:Neighborhood Libraries Closed on Sundays beginning Oct. 11. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial LibraryOpen on Sundays from 1p.m. – 5 p.m. all year long Closed on Monday and Tuesday mornings, opening instead from noon – 9 p.m.

Library Hour Changes Frequently Asked Questions

Why did library hours change? The change in hours is the result of a nearly 11 percent or $4.8 million budget reduction. While the library is facing a tough budget year, we are committed to keeping the library open for as many hours as possible. Seventy percent of the library’s budget is spent on staff, and most staff serve the public directly. Reducing this cost means reducing the hours libraries can be open. Even with the reduction, library service is available to District residents seven days a week.What are the new hours?

Mayor Fenty, DC Public Library Break Ground on New Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library

New Library to Open December 2010

Improving libraries across the District took another step forward as Mayor Adrian Fenty, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and members of the Board of Library Trustees were joined by noted architect Philip Freelon to break ground on the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library this morning.

Winners of the 2009 Teen Summer Reading Program

Express Yourself @ Your Library Summer Reading Program Celebrates Teen Readers

The Express Yourself @ Your Library DCPL’s teen summer reading program is comprised of three parts: a reading component, writing book reviews, and special programs or workshops.  The reading component has graduated levels in which teens are encouraged to read at least six books and keep a log of what of they have read. For every two books read, a teen earns an incentive. 

DC Public Library to Change Hours, Services

Library Faces $4.8 Million Budget Reduction

As a result of DC Public Library’s FY 2010 budget, the library plans to change hours and some services starting October 5, the beginning of the District’s 2010 fiscal year.“We appreciate the Mayor’s and City Council’s commitment to libraries,” said DC Public Library’s Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.  “We know these tough economic times have required them to make difficult budget decisions.”

Library Launches City’s First Mentor-Protégé Program

$10 Million Construction Project to Build Capacity and Expand Contracting Opportunities

The DC Public Library, in partnership with the Department of Local Small Business Development, launched a new Mentor-Protégé program designed to identify small, certified local businesses to be mentored by larger businesses with the goal of creating more opportunities for smaller firms to work on government contracts.  Under the program, Coakley & Williams, Inc., will partner with Blue Skye Development, LLC, to build the new Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library, and Hess Construction will partner with Broughton Construction Company LLC to build the new Francis A.

Library Helps with Homework as Students Head Back to School

Books and Databases Make Homework Easier

(Washington, DC)  As students in the District return to classes, parents begin their search for homework help. The DC Public Library offers many tools to help students.  “Students can find people, books and tools that make homework easier,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian at the DC Public Library.  “When students understand their homework, their grades and attitude toward learning improves.”  Tools the library has to offer include:

DC Public Library Seeks New Teens of Distinction

The 2009 Winner of Urban Libraries Council Highsmith Award for Excellence Provides Part-Time, Year-Round Employment for High-School Age DC Residents

(Washington) – The DC Public Library’s Teens of Distinction Program is accepting applicants. The 2009 winner of Urban Libraries Council Highsmith Award for Excellence, the Teens of Distinction program, provides part-time, year-round employment for high-school age DC residents.  

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Please visit to try out our new website! It includes lots of exciting new features, such as:An improved catalog with a simplified hold process Author information (where available) for items in our catalog An online meeting room reservation system Pages dedicated to your local library Booklists and reader’s advisories Streamlined calendar of events