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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 

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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.

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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.

Broaden Your Reading Horizons

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.

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Cookbooks Around The World

A few decades ago, the cookbook world was much more limited than it is now. Most cookbooks you could find came from European food culture, and if you were able to find something from a different culinary tradition, chances were that it was a watered-down, somewhat inauthentic version of that tradition.

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Athletes Take a Stand

Black History Month Reads with The Washington Mystics

This Black History Month, DC Public Library and the Washington Mystics are lifting up those who have left their mark by using their words and actions to embody resistance. Some have created enduring symbols of resistance by raising a fist or taking a knee, some have shared powerful words calling for a better future and some became the change they wanted to see by breaking barriers for Black athletes. Below is a selection of titles for adults that explore these different experiences of Black resistance in athleticism.  

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Dancing About Architecture

The famous, but unattributable maxim, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” is something I’ve heard for years and have considering lately. Because… why wouldn’t someone dance about architecture? Taking someone’s craft and engaging with it through another creative practice that fits better with an individual’s skillset seems like it could only add the self-expression that lives in the world and can then go on to be inspiration for someone else.    

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