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The Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Library is closed temporarily through Tuesday, June 18 for major repairs to the HVAC system. The book drop will be locked. Due dates and hold expiration dates will be extended. 

Arthur Capper TechExpress is closed for critical repairs to the HVAC system. The Department of General Services has completed their assessment, identified the issue and ordered the necessary parts. Once the parts arrive, they will require two days to complete the repairs. Based on this timeline, the earliest that TechExpress will open is Monday, June 24. The Book Return will remain locked. Hold expiration dates and item due dates for items on hold or checked out from this location will be extended.

November is National Novel Writing Month!


Have you ever dreamed of writing the next Great American Novel? Do you have a torrid romance burning inside you? Do you know why the aliens are coming to get you, and you have to share the secret of their extra-dimensional technology with the world? Then you, my friend, are a prime candidate for NaNoWriMo!

Each year, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) encourages people to take on the challenge of writing a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in only 30 days. Each year over 300,000 people participate in NaNoWriMo activities around the world. The DC Public Library is making a commitment to support our local NaNo Writers by providing helpful resources.


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Come Write In

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. | Southwest Library

Join fellow writers for dedicated writing time to work toward your November writing goals! Light refreshments provided. Whether you're working on the next Great American Novel or tinkering around with a personal writing project, join Southwest Library and your neighbors for quiet, dedicated writing time and light refreshments. Consult our collection of writing reference materials, meet fellow writers, and add to that word count! Writers are welcome to come and go, so drop in anytime between 6 - 8 p.m. when the library closes.

Till the End of Time

Write Your World

Friday, Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m. | Mt. Pleasant Library

Join the library and Bell Multicultural High School student, Dayra Flores, for an author talk and introduction to BookTok. Dayra released Till The End Of Time, her first Young Adult novel, in 2022 and will share her perspective on the process of writing and self-publishing. Till The End Of Time is in the process of being added to DC Public Library's Young Adult collection. 

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Write Your Novel at the Library

Where better to find inspiration to write your story than in a library surrounded by books! DC Public Library has both flexible and reservable workspaces as well as a cafe at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library where you can get a drink or a snack for a writing boost.

Flexible Workspaces

Each library has a variety of tables and chairs and lounge areas with ample outlets for keeping your device charged. In addition, you can also book time on Public Computers available at each location. Many libraries also have outdoor spaces like patios, balconies and even an Instagram-worthy rooftop garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library that you can enjoy when the weather is nice. 

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Reservable Workspaces

Need a quiet space to focus or a meeting room for your writing group? DC Public Library has a variety of study and meeting rooms that can accommodate solo work and meetings. All you need is a current DC Public Library card to reserve a room at a library near you. 

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Fuel Your Creativity

Stop by Marianne’s Café by DC Central Kitchen at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a variety of high-quality beverages and light fare featuring locally sourced ingredients.

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Need some inspiration? Hear from DC Public Library's Tracy Cross, Joy Jones, and Jessica Spotswood on what it is to be a writer in our 2022 NaNoWriMo interview.