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July Board of Library Trustees Meeting at Palisades Neighborhood Library

The DC Public Library will hold the July Board of Library Trustees Meeting at the Palisades Neighborhood Library, located at 4901 V St. NW.  The meeting will be on July 27th at 6 pm   The Board of Trustees of the library is comprised of nine unpaid District residents from wards around the city.   Congress established a Board of Library Trustees to set policy for the library.  The Mayor appoints board members. They are confirmed by the D.C. City Council for a maximum of two five-year terms.  

Mayor Vincent Gray and Community Partners Seek To Curb Learning Lost During the Summer Months

Mayor Gray and the city's education leaders visited the Deanwood Neighborhood Library today to launch the next phase of the “One City Summer Fun … Something for Everyone” initiative, “READ and LEARN this Summer.” This component of the comprehensive summer program encourages residents to take advantage of educational programs that cover everything from summer reading for children to adult literacy.

Anacostia Library Named New Landmark Library

The New Anacostia Neighborhood Library, located at 1800 Good Hope Rd., S.E., was awarded an Honorable Mention in Library Journal magazine’s inaugural list of New Landmark Libraries.   The library is 1 of 20 libraries nationwide recognized in the Spring 2011 issue of Library Journal, a national publication I am thrilled that the Anacostia Library has been honored by Library Journal, said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “It shows that the Library’s transformation is changing how users and colleagues around the country view us.”

Partnership Prepares Library to Help Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims

People who suffer sudden cardiac arrest at District libraries now have access to Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) at all locations thanks to a partnership between the Federation of Friends of DC Public Library, Mended Hearts, Inc. and The George Washington University Cheney Cardiovascular Institute.             

Dr. Dorothy Height Honored in Library Name, New Artwork Unveiled

On May 6, Mayor Vincent C. Gray was joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Council Member Yvette Alexander, Council Member Muriel Bowser and the National Council of Negro Women's Vice Chair Dr. Thelma Daley to celebrate renaming the Benning Neighborhood Library in honor of the late civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy Height.   A photograph of Height will be a permanent fixture in the Library.

Library to Close If Federal Government Shuts Down

If the Federal government shutdown takes effect Friday, April 8, at midnight, the DC Public Library will close all locations as well as cancel community meetings and library programs. However, late fines will not accrue on checked-out books, CDs and DVDs. 

President Obama's Sister to Visit DC Public Library

On Friday, April 15, Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Barack Obama, will visit the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library and read from her debut children's book Ladder to the Moon.

Mayor Gray, City and Federal Leaders Re-Open Petworth Library

Joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, federal leaders and job seekers, Mayor Vincent C. Gray reopened the Petworth Neighborhood Library this morning and emphasized the DC Public Library’s role in workforce development."Reducing unemployment in the District requires residents to have the training and the educational requirements that employers seek," said Mayor Gray. “For many in the District, neighborhood libraries are the best locations to develop the skills needed to be more marketable candidates.”

West End Library to Open at Noon

The West End Library will open at noon on Fri., February 25 because of emergency maintenance work

Board of Library Trustees Meeting Rescheduled

The DC Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 2011, will be held Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 pm in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.