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Southeast Library Modernization Project

Design process is underway

We're modernizing the Southeast Library. DC Public Library has hired the design/build team of Whiting-Turner Construction/Quinn Evans Architects for the $23 million transformation of this historic Carnegie library. The design process is underway. Learn more and follow the project's progress at dclibrary.org/southeastlibraryrenovation.

In the News: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Reopening

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopened on September 24 after undergoing a complete modernization. The transformed flagship library now features: a spectacular new, vibrant and transparent entryway sculptured monumental staircase a large auditorium and conference center 

Coretta Scott King Medal

Coretta Scott King Award Challenge at Southeast

Celebrate the legacy

Help Southeast Library celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

Summer Challenge 2018

Summer Challenge 2018

Read 20 minutes a day. Every day. (June 1 - Aug. 31)

Take the DC Public Library Summer Challenge Kids, teens and adults can win prizes for reading this summer by participating in the 2018 DC Public Library Summer Challenge.  Reading just 20 minutes each day keeps your mind active and helps you stay engaged over the summer. Every 20 minutes you read or every library event you attend brings you closer to earning great prizes like free food from Chipotle and tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.

Photo of Lamond-Riggs Library Exterior

New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

The design process for the new Lamond-Riggs Library is underway. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.

New Cleveland Park Library

Library Opens June 16, 2018 10:30 a.m.

The new Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, opens June 16. Join Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Grosso, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and members of the Library Board of Trustees for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. followed by a day of family friendly festivities to celebrate the new Cleveland Park Library. Learn more about the project at dclibrary.org/newclevelandpark.

Read Feed

Bored with your reading options? Feel like you've read all there is to read of a particular subject? DC Public Library is here to help. Click here to find personalized recommendations and online book clubs, or scroll down for staff-curated readings lists.

Shakespeare Society: As You Like It

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity posits that time is relative. A Kantian would insist that time is a form of intuition. However, a Fool -- indeed, the Fool in As You Like It -- aptly describes time as an unforgiving, continuous series of hours: “It is ten o’clock. Thus we may see,” quoth he, “how the world wags. ’Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, And after one hour more ’twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, And then from hour to hour we rot and rot, And thereby hangs a tale.” (2.7.23-29)

Brunson

The Comedic Essence of Everyday Encounters

I came across the list created by Lauren W. (Nerd Out, Comedy Nerds) regarding books by comedians and decided to add some that I found interesting. I think this listing is great for anyone that wants to visit stories that present funny and creative imagery. The discussions derived from reading these books have offered me the opportunity to reevaluate my perspective and loosen up a bit.  

Sunny-Side Up by Waylynn Lucas

Cookbooks: It's What's For Breakfast!

Recipe collections for the most important meal of the day

February is National Hot Breakfast month! And while I’m guilty of a just-coffee-for-breakfast most mornings, I am a huge fan of breakfast food -- in fact, rather than cake, we opted to do a waffle bar to celebrate our love of breakfast at my and my husband’s wedding. Delicious!

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