News Releases

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.

Digital Commons Featured in Washington City Paper

Celebrates Bike to Work Day with 3D Printed Bike Accessories

The Washington City Paper featured the library printing bike cup holders and fender attachments on its 3D printers in celebration of Bike to Work Day. The bike-themed workshop was designed to introduce people to the printers and the technology that powers them.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Celebrates Demolition of Old Woodridge Library to Make Way for State-of-the-Art Facility

Urges More Residents to Help Shape the Renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan celebrated the demolition of the old Woodridge Library. Both leaders praised the community’s involvement in the planning of the new Woodridge Library. Mayor Gray and Reyes-Gavilan also urged residents across the District to take the opportunity to provide input into the planning process for renovations to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.