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Dr. Karsonya Wise-Whitehead Discusses “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.”

On Thurs., Sept. 11, Dr. Karsonya Wise-Whitehead will discuss and sign her book, “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.” In “Notes from a Colored Girl,” Wise-Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn 21-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865.

Libraries, the Free All-You-Can-Read E-book Service

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal ran a column that compared the companies offering monthly subscription e-book services to the public library’s e-book offerings.  The Journal noted two differences to borrow your e-books out from the library. First, libraries offer many of the same e-books that companies offer for free.

Make the Public Library Your Office

Digitial Commons Featured in Fast Company Magazine

Last week, Fast Company magazine visited the Digital Commons and Dream Lab for an article about libraries creating co-working spaces for local startup companies. To see what they say about the growing number of public libraries offering workspaces, and about some of our Dream Lab members, click here.

Library Seeks District-Based Authors for Festival

Know an author who calls the District home? The DC Public Library invites them to display, sell and discuss their books at the DC Author Festival.  The festival, which will take place on Oct. 18 at the Martin Luther King Jr.

Author Zane Discusses New Novel "The Other Side of the Pillow"

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The New York Times bestselling Queen of Erotica Zane will discuss and sign her new novel, “The Other Side of the Pillow” on Aug. 5 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her.

Library Helps Returning Citizen Rebuild Life

Last weekend’s Washington Post featured an article about David Belton's journey to rebuild his life after serving 40 years in prison. One of the things that Belton did was attend free programs at the DC Public Library, including an introduction to personal computers class.  The Library offers computer classes at locations across the city ranging from PC Basics to Introduction to 3-D Printing.

The Nationals Visit the Library!

Four Nationals Players Swing by Four Neighborhood Libraries

Four members of the Washington Nationals team took a break from the diamond last Saturday, July 19 to visit four neighborhood libraries.The Anacostia, Deanwood, Mount Pleasant, and Tenley-Friendship Libraries hosted ballplayers 

Digital Commons, One Year and 780 3-D Prints Later

A year and a day ago, the DC Public Library opened the Digital Commons.  Today, the 11,000 square-foot room is a popular place for entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, tech novices and students.   Featuring 3-D printers, a book printing machine and more than 80 public computers, Digital Commons is a pace where the public can connect, collaborate, co-work and learn new technology for free.

Library Updates Make Finding Ebooks Easier

The DC Public Library has made it easier for customers to discover the e-books, audiobooks, music and videos that people can borrow when they visit their library. Media stations are being installed at libraries citywide that let customers browse downloadable titles using touch and swipe gestures. 

Three Myths About the Burning of Washington, D.C. Debunked

August will mark the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, D.C. as part of the War of 1812.  So much of what really happened has been replaced by tall tales and local lore. Ralph Eshelman, a War of 1812 historian, has visited every known War of 1812 location in the region.