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DC Public Library Explores Future of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Building

Residents Invited to Sept. 19 Discussion

Aug. 28 2012 -- Forty years after the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors, the DC Public Library explores what’s possible for the historic building and what makes a spectacular central library.  District residents are encouraged to join in the discussion at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Board of Library Trustees at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, 6 p.m.  Nationally recognized architects and library experts will present ideas to board members and residents.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On Aug. 21, 1972, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors for the very first time.  This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the only public library in the world designed by Mies van der Rohe with discussions, a film series and a family festival.Exhibit: "Less is More": Mies van der Rohe and the Making of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Books & Bites @ the Library

Food Trucks come to MLK Library

(August 3, 2012) – Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. starting Aug. 8 for a limited time, food trucks will be parked outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, as part of the Books & Bites @ the Library initiative.  People can grab lunch at the food trucks, relax at special seating just outside of the library and enjoy the library’s free WiFi and other services.  Each week will feature different D.C. Food Truck Association food trucks.

Mt. Pleasant Interim Library Closing August 18

New Library to Open in September

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, located at 3162 Mount Pleasant St. NW, will close Saturday, August 18. The renovated and expanded Mt. Pleasant Library at 3160 16th St. NW will open Wednesday, September 12. 

Chris Tonjes Appointed Chief Information Officer of Baltimore, MD

Chris Tonjes, the Library's Chief Information Officer, has been named the new Chief Information Officer for the city of Baltimore, MD.“While we are sad to see Chris go, we are excited for the opportunity that he has in Baltimore," said Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia.  “Chris has been the backbone for the Library's work to close the digital divide in the District and has helped make the Library an innovator with technology.  We will always be grateful for his work and his leadership."

DC Public Library Participates in Free Summer Meals Program

The DC Public Library is participating in the District's Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP).  Eleven libraries will serve lunch from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays to children and teens 18 and younger. Identification is not required.The program runs through Aug. 10 at the following locations:Anacostia Neighborhood Library1800 Good Hope Road, SEDorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library3935 Benning Road, NECapitol View Neighborhood Library5001 Central Avenue, SEFrancis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

Two Library Projects Honored for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Two DC Public Library capitol projects were honored at the Ninth Annual Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.The awards, presented by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office on June 21, included a Stewardship award for the Georgetown library.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Design Guidelines received a Publication award.

Library Foundation Gives Donors Sneak Peek of New Francis Gregory Library

June 19, 2012 – Monday evening, the DC Public Library Foundation hosted a sneak peek event at the New Francis Gregory Library to thank library supporters and to encourage others to support their library.Hosted by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DC Public Library Board of Trustees chairman John W. Hill, more than 100 attendees marveled at the new building, designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye, the night before it opened to the public.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and Renowned Architect David Adjaye Open New Francis A. Gregory Library

Facility Offers 40,000 Books & Other Materials, Inviting Places for Reading and Meeting

June 19, 2012 – Just as students are getting out of school for the summer and the D.C. Public Library’s summer reading program swings into full gear, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and world-renowned British architect David Adjaye today opened the brand-new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library. The cutting-edge design offers residents of Hillcrest, Randle Highlands, Fairfax Village and other parts of Southeast D.C.

DCPL Site, Apps Offline Sunday for Maintenance

June 15, 2012 -- From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, and related sites (including the catalog and Overdrive) will be down for scheduled maintenance. The iPhone, Android and Facebook applications will also be inaccessible.We apologize for any inconvenience.