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DC Public Library Rewards Summer Readers with Prizes

Children and Teens Can Earn Washington Nationals Tickets and Chipotle Vouchers

This summer, parents looking for ways to get their kids to read can look to the DC Public Library. Thanks to partners like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, children and teens will earn prizes for reading this summer. Starting this month and running through August, the DC Public Library will give readers a free kids meal or burrito from Chipotle halfway through the Summer Reading program.

Helping Teens Become Literacy Leaders

Dr. Liane Rosenblatt, a social anthropologist and senior children's specialist with the DC Public Library, has co-authored an article for a book on using literature to promote cross-cultural understanding. The article "Reading Across Continents: Creating Adolescent Literacy Leaders in Washington, DC; Abuja, Nigeria; and Accra, Ghana” appears in "International Collaborations in Literacy Research and Practice.” Written with Dr.

Pick Who is Featured in DC Reads 2014

Voting Period Open

The DC Public Library has started citywide voting for DC Reads 2014.  Running from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, DC Reads features one book for reading and discussion. This year’s nominees are “Lost in the City” by Edward P. Jones; “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu; “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien; and “Hard Revolution” by George Pelecanos.  To learn more click here

Library Live-streams 3-D Printing

Today, the DC Public Library began showing its 3-D printer at work on its Ustream feed. spoke with Digital Commons Library Associate Adam Schaeffer about this pilot program. To read the interview, click here

BiblioCraft Workshop with Author Jessica Pigza

On June 12, author Jessica Pigza will join DC Public Library's Creative Class for a special author talk, book signing, and craft workshop. Ms. Pigza will discuss her new book Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects. Then, she and DC Public Library staff will show participants how to make a craft project from Ms.

Walter Mosley Presents “Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore” at Library

Podcast Available

On May 20, author Walter Mosley discussed and signed his latest book, “Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. You can listen to the whole talk along with the question and answer session below:

"Dream City" 20 Years Later

On Sunday, The Washington Post wrote a story about the May 15 townhall discussion with reporters Harry S. Jaffe and Tom Sherwood, the authors of “Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C.”

Washington Post Runs Op-Ed by Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan

In today’s Washington Post, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan shares what libraries meant to him as a child in Queens, New York.  Reyes-Gavilan also shares how the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation can create a center of learning that sparks curiosity and collaboration as well as provides books. To read the article, click here.

Library Releases Preliminary Designs for Renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The DC Public Library has released preliminary design images of the renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  The design will be presented for comment at a community meeting on Monday.