News Releases

Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan's Performance Oversight Hearing Testimony

February 23, 2016

Good morning Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. I am Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the DC Public Library. I would like to express my profound gratitude for the support you have given DC Public Library and am equally thankful to Mayor Bowser for the leadership she has provided as we transform our libraries into, using her words, “life change centers.” Special thanks to all of the passionate Friends groups that advocate so convincingly on behalf of the Library.

Library Opens New Lab Devoted to Preserving Family Photos, Videos and Keepsakes

Technology and Step-by-step Instructions Empower DIY Digitizing

Not sure what to do with your old home movies, audiocassettes or slides?  The DC Public Library’s new Memory Lab can help. Launching February 20 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Memory Lab is a space designed to help the public digitize and preserve videotapes, photographs and other family keepsakes.  

Mayor Bowser Kicks Off ‘Books from Birth’ Program to Improve Educational Outcomes for Children

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmembers Charles Allen, David Grosso and Kenyan McDuffie, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and community leaders launched the District’s STAR (Sing, Talk and Read)  Books From Birth program at Children’s National Health System. The new early literacy initiative will provide a free book each month by mail to children under age five in the District whose families sign up for the program. The goal is to prepare District youth to start school and encourage more parents to read with their children.   

DC Public Library to Develop Strategic Plan

Seeks Resident Feedback

District residents have the opportunity to help shape the future of the DC Public Library system. Starting this month, the Library will begin collecting input for its new strategic plan.  

Hundreds Attend This Year’s Sing, Talk and Read Festival

The Washington Afro-American profiled the Library’s Sing, Talk and Read Family Festival. More than 500 people attended the day-long event that showcased the many ways parents can help young children build their vocabularies, fall in love with reading and develop the skills they will need when they start school — often without books.   The Sing Talk and Read DC program is a citywide initiative based on research showing that conversations, singing and interactions between parents/caregivers and children from birth build a foundation for learning. 

DC Public Library Executive Director Congratulates New York Public Library on its Selection of Mecanoo for Central Library Renovations

 Today, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan congratulated the New York Public Library and its leadership for their selection of the architecture firm Mecanoo to lead the $300 million renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library and Stephen A. Schwarzman building.  

Library Go-Go Archive Profiled in Washington Post

Recently, the DC Public Library relaunched its effort to collect items that tell the story of Go-Go music.  Library Archivist Derek Gray spoke to the Washington Post about preserving Go-Go's legacy and how the public can donate memorabilia.  To read the article, click here

3D Printing on Great Day Washington

Today, Adam Schaeffer, a Library Associate in the Fab Lab, stopped by CBS Washington’s morning news program, “Great Day Washington.” Adam gave host Chris Leary a tour of the space and helped him create a unique 3D print. To see the news segment on the Fab Lab, click here

Local Restaurants Offer Banned-Book Themed Cocktails

Zaytinya, Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Mockingbird Hill Participating in Library Celebration

Can’t wait to try banned-book themed cocktails at the DC Public Library’s UNCENSORED Opening Night? This year, you can try a limited number of the beverages at local restaurants leading up to the September 25 event.   Zaytinya, Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Mockingbird Hill are featuring banned-book themed cocktails leading up to the September 25 event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  

Washington City Paper Writes About The Labs at DC Public Library

Recently, the Washington City Paper visited two new spaces at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The Fabrication Lab, or Fab Lab, is a 900-square-foot space that features materials, tools and technology to allow for hands-on exploration and learning by doing. Customers will be able to use equipment like 3-D printers, laser cutters, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines and soldering equipment.