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Library Hosts Industry Day for New Lamond-Riggs Library

DRAFT RFP to Implement New Approach

On January 25, the DC Public Library will host an Industry Day to discuss the upcoming solicitation for the design and construction of a new Lamond-Riggs Library.

What Washingtonians Read in 2017

DC Public Library Releases Most Popular List for the Year

From Ta-Nehisi Coates to Ke$ha, Washingtonians had diverse reading and music interests this year. Of the more than 4 million items borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library, these are the most popular titles by type and format. Top 10 Fiction Books “The Girls” by Emma Cline “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

Weigh in on the Modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s New Ceiling Art 

Four Semifinalists to Present Concepts for Grand Reading Room Artwork 

This Saturday, four semifinalists will present their ideas for the ceiling in the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s new Grand Reading Room. At this presentation, which will be held at the Petworth Library, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the four proposals.   

Early Child Development Research Supports Sing, Talk and Read Program

Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking. In an article posted on Reuters Health, researchers are beginning to understand how babies do it.

Rendering of Grand Reading Room

Library Seeks Artists for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s New Grand Reading Room

Ceiling treatment to be one of three permanent public art pieces in modernized building

Today, the District of Columbia Public Library, in partnership with the DC Public Library Foundation, issued a Request for Qualifications and statements of interest for a ceiling treatment in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  

Perkins+Will/Turner Construction Named Design/Build Team for New Southwest Library

The D.C. Public library has selected Perkins+Will and Turner Construction as the design/build team for the new Southwest library     The Southwest library is being rebuilt. Located at 900 Wesley Place SW, the new building will be designed to support modern library uses and achieve LEED Gold certification for environmental design. The library project is funded at $18 million.   

Mayor Bowser Highlights the Modernization of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Removal of the Martin Luther King Jr. Mural Marks Beginning of the $208 Million Project

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off construction at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library by lowering the building’s historic mural depicting the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement. Mayor Bowser was joined at the event by former Mayor Anthony Williams, Councilmember David Grosso, Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Board of Library Trustees President Gregory McCarthy, and Library stakeholders.  

Stokes Kindergarten class

Children Are Authors!

Local Schools Share

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, kindergarten students from Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School visited the Woodridge Neighborhood Library to donate a copy of their book "Washington DC: What People Like Most Is In This Book." The students have been working on an ongoing project called "Children Are Citizens" which enabled local schools in DC to challenge their students to explore both what makes a citizen and what makes a city.

Library Plans to Make 75 Percent of D.C. Residents Active Library Users

New “Know Your Neighborhood" Plan Focuses on Customizing Library Services to Reflect Community Needs

District residents may see changes at their neighborhood library over the next few years. The DC Public Library released its new “Know Your Neighborhood" five-year strategic plan that aims to increase usage by customizing services at the city’s 26 locations.   Overall, the vision for the plan is for each neighborhood library to offer programs, services and resources that respond to and reflect its distinctive community. The Library will focus on inclusion and equity while advancing four priorities that will improve the lives and well-being of District residents.

Mayor Bowser and Library Leaders Kick Off National Library Week with Groundbreaking

On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on the new Cleveland Park Library. Located at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, the Cleveland Park Library will be the 20th neighborhood library to undergo renovation since the city began improving libraries in 2006. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and members of the DC Public Library Board of Trustees joined the Mayor to celebrate the new $19.7 million library.