News Releases

In the News: Library Recommends Black History Reads on Great Day Washington

On President’s Day, Children's Librarian Eboni Njoku appeared on WUSA9's morning show, Great Day Washington, to discuss book recommendations for Black History Month. To see the segment and the Library’s recommendations, click here.

In the News: DCist Covers Library Facilities Master Plan

On Friday Fe. 8, DCist ran a story about the 10-year master plan for being developed for the District’s Library facilities. Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan spoke about why there is a need for a master plan after an already ambitious library improvement program.  “We don’t want to rest on our laurels insofar as we’ve got a campus of beautifully renovated libraries. We want our libraries to provide more meaning and impact,”

Children's Books for Black History Month

In Today's New York Times, Author Ibi Zoboi gave readers "Picture Books That Bring Black Heroes to Life." The books compiled stories and pictures to give the reader "fresh insight into the lives, creativity and achievements of a truly resilient and profound people."  To see Zoboi's recommendations, click here.  

Mayor Bowser Celebrates Third Anniversary of Highly Successful Books from Birth Program

More Than 40,000 Children Have Received Books Since Program’s Launch

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the third anniversary of the highly successful Books from Birth program at Briya Public Charter School in Ward 1. Since the program launched in 2016, 793,685 books have been mailed to babies and children across all eight wards. The Mayor was joined at the celebration by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan.

In the News: Home Movie Day

The Washington Post featured the upcoming Home Movie Day the Library is sponsoring in partnership with Suns Cinema. The event supports the Library’s Memory Lab, a DIY space where people can learn to digitize and preserve their old photos, videos and other keepsakes. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Opening in 2020: Modernization Progress Continues

New Services and Spaces Will Honor Dr. King

In 2020, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will open after undergoing a $211 million modernization. The building will not only redefine how a central library serves District residents, but it will also celebrate Dr. King’s life, recount his unique work in the District and support the values that made him a champion of civil rights and equity.

What Washingtonians Read in 2019

More than 4 million items have been borrowed, streamed or downloaded from the DC Public Library in 2018. These are this year’s most popular items by type and format. Top 10 Fiction Books "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones "The Power" by Naomi Alderman "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

Library Kicks Off Planning for Future Library Services in the District

Community Input Critical for 10-Year Library Facilities Master Plan

District residents will soon have a better idea of the current and future needs for their libraries. The DC Public Library has begun developing a Facilities Master Plan that will guide the planning, design and maintenance of the Library’s spaces over the next decade.   The Library Facilities Master Plan will help the Library’s leadership, elected officials and the public understand the current condition of the District’s library buildings and plan for long-term facility needs.  

Consligi Construction/HGA Named Lamond-Riggs Library Design/Build Team 

A new building will replace the existing library

The DC Public Library has selected Consigli Construction Co. Inc. and HGA as the design/build team for the new Lamond-Riggs Library.   With this team in place, the planning for the new Lamond-Riggs Library will begin in October. The new library will be built at 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE, the current site of the Lamond-Riggs Library.  With a budget of $20 million, the new building will be designed to support modern library uses and achieve LEED Gold certification for environmental design.  

Mayor Bowser Celebrates Milestone on Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Modernization with Beam Signing

Ceremony Marks Completion of Structural Exterior Work at DC’s Central Library

Today, Mayor Bowser celebrated the completion of the structural exterior of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization project with a ceremonial beam signing. The library is scheduled to reopen in 2020.     

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