News Releases

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. 

Download New, Improved Library App

DC Public Library users have a new way to visit the library on their cell phones and tablets. The Library is upgrading its mobile app to make accessing the library online even simpler.

Library Provides Update on Language Outreach Programs and Services at Board of Library Trustee Meeting

In keeping with the DC Language Access Act of 2004, the Library will update the public on the programs and services offered to the Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, French and Vietnamese speaking communities as outlined in the Language Access Plan for Fiscal Year 2013.  The update will take place at the Board of Library Trustees meeting on July 20 at 6 p.m.

Does Shifting Black Hair Care Market Mean Acceptance of Natural Hairstyles

Exhibit and Discussions Explore Beauty Standards Related to Hair

The Black hair care market is going through a fundamental change.  The sales of relaxers are estimated to fall from $206 million in 2008 to $72 million in 2019. But does the decline of relaxer sales translate into an increased acceptance of Black women’s natural hairstyles?  This April, the DC Public Library is hosting a photography exhibit, a panel discussion and an author talk that explores the experience of Black women who wear natural hairstyles. Key events:

Gilbane and Perkins Eastman Selected to Design New Cleveland Park Library

The DC Public Library has selected the design-build team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman for the Cleveland Park Library project. Located at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, the Cleveland Park Library has been slated to be rebuilt or completely renovated. The project is currently funded at $18.6 million.

DC Public Library to Help Showcase Co-working and Collaboration in Libraries at 2015 SXSW Interactive

At this year’s 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference, Librarian Nicholas Kerelchuk will represent the DC Public Library on a panel that discusses ways government leaders, social entrepreneurs, funders and non-profits may look to our nation’s libraries as partners in collaborative economic development.  Fox 5 News Washington profiled the Library invitation yesterday. 

THATSummer 2015­​­ Now Accepting Applications

Students Will Use Library Archives a​n​d T​e​chnology to Chronicle 1968 Riots

T his summer, 12 students will have the opportunity to be local history detectives and use technology to learn about the 1968 Riots in Washington, D.C. as part of THATClass, a research­-based digital humanities program for high-school-aged students at the DC Public Library. THATClass is an educational nonprofit that explores how humanities teachers can use hands-on projects to teach students and help them develop life-long skills. The “THAT” in THATClass stands for The Humanities And Technology.