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Latest Construction Updates

Find out the latest on renovations and improvements to your libraries

DC Public Library is building and renovating libraries across the city to provide state-of-the-art library services. To date, 15 libraries have been completely rebuilt or renovated. Find out more information at dclibrary.org/news/constructionupdates.  

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New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

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

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Know Your Neighborhood: DC Public Library Strategic Plan

DC Public Library's Strategic Plan for 2017–2021 is now available. The strategic plan, informed by the broader D.C. community, will serve as a roadmap for the library in the coming years and help guide the Library Board and Staff in planning and decision-making for future library services. We have provided the strategic plan the following languages: English Spanish

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.

New Cleveland Park Library

Library Opens June 16, 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.

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Awesome Relations

Authors Who are Related

Here are some well-known authors who you might not have known were related! It's common in the literary world to have authors with the same last name, first name or both, but when you find out they have something else in common, it’s extra special. Here is a list of authors who are either related by blood or marriage and who write about some of the same themes as their family members.  

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Books of 1968

1968 was one of the most eventful and tumultuous years of the 20th century. Here are a few books of lasting relevance that were published that year.  

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Dialogue With Neighbors

A Community Conversation Series

Please join us across the city for a three-part structured community dialogue in June 2018. Each dialogue will build on the previous one. And while some may not be able to attend all three dialogues, we are hoping for a core group to be part of all three dialogues so the conversation can deepen over the three weeks. Refreshments will be served at all dialogue sessions.

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Genre Crossovers for Teens and Adults

Teens who love a particular genre—romance, say, or science fiction—often explore outside the teen section for even more of their favorite stories. Meanwhile many adults have discovered—or re-discovered—that great reads can often be found in the young adult shelves.

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True Survival

Non-Fiction Adventure

True-life adventure stories have made for popular reading for generations. The books listed below are retellings of bestselling firsthand accounts published in periodicals and books, months or days after the return home. Well researched, these newer works combine multiple firsthand experiences of survivors as well as rescuers wherever possible and make these much read stories even more accessible.

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