News Releases

Digital Audio Storytelling Classes Profiled on The Library as Incubator Project

Peter Timko, a library associate in Digital Commons, wrote an article for The Library as Incubator Project, a website that highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together. Timko discusses the Library's Digital Audio Storytelling classes, a hands-on course he teaches that challenges to students to tell their own stories.

The Great Society Subway

Author Talk on the History of the Washington Metro

The story of Washington’s Metro sheds light on the development of DC metropolitan area, postwar urban policy, and the strengths and weaknesses of rail transit in American cities. Author Zachary M. Schrag will discuss the subway system’s story and his book, "The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro" on Tues. Aug. 26 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. On average, 725,770 people ride Washington’s Metro every day, making it the second-busiest subway system in the country.

Dr. Karsonya Wise-Whitehead Discusses “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.”

On Thurs., Sept. 11, Dr. Karsonya Wise-Whitehead will discuss and sign her book, “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.” In “Notes from a Colored Girl,” Wise-Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn 21-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865.

Libraries, the Free All-You-Can-Read E-book Service

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal ran a column that compared the companies offering monthly subscription e-book services to the public library’s e-book offerings.  The Journal noted two differences to borrow your e-books out from the library. First, libraries offer many of the same e-books that companies offer for free.

Make the Public Library Your Office

Digitial Commons Featured in Fast Company Magazine

Last week, Fast Company magazine visited the Digital Commons and Dream Lab for an article about libraries creating co-working spaces for local startup companies. To see what they say about the growing number of public libraries offering workspaces, and about some of our Dream Lab members, click here.

Library Seeks District-Based Authors for Festival

Know an author who calls the District home? The DC Public Library invites them to display, sell and discuss their books at the DC Author Festival.  The festival, which will take place on Oct. 18 at the Martin Luther King Jr.

Author Zane Discusses New Novel "The Other Side of the Pillow"

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The New York Times bestselling Queen of Erotica Zane will discuss and sign her new novel, “The Other Side of the Pillow” on Aug. 5 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her.

Library Helps Returning Citizen Rebuild Life

Last weekend’s Washington Post featured an article about David Belton's journey to rebuild his life after serving 40 years in prison. One of the things that Belton did was attend free programs at the DC Public Library, including an introduction to personal computers class.  The Library offers computer classes at locations across the city ranging from PC Basics to Introduction to 3-D Printing.

The Nationals Visit the Library!

Four Nationals Players Swing by Four Neighborhood Libraries

Four members of the Washington Nationals team took a break from the diamond last Saturday, July 19 to visit four neighborhood libraries.The Anacostia, Deanwood, Mount Pleasant, and Tenley-Friendship Libraries hosted ballplayers 

Digital Commons, One Year and 780 3-D Prints Later

A year and a day ago, the DC Public Library opened the Digital Commons.  Today, the 11,000 square-foot room is a popular place for entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, tech novices and students.   Featuring 3-D printers, a book printing machine and more than 80 public computers, Digital Commons is a pace where the public can connect, collaborate, co-work and learn new technology for free.