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Library Launches Discover Summer Program

Adults encouraged to model reading for pleasure and learning activities during the summer months

This summer, you could win a free pizza with a $25 &pizza gift card, increase your at-home book collection with a $30 gift card to Loyalty Bookstore, or enjoy a brunch with a $50 Busboys and Poets gift card courtesy of your Library. These are prizes that adults could win by completing four literacy-related activities a month in the DC Public Library's Discover Summer program. 

New Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library art seeks community contributions

Heritage Wall to feature a quilt-inspired collage

The DC Public Library has selected two contributors to the “Heritage Wall” at the new Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Neighborhood Library, artist Michelle L. Herman and the community.

New Lamond-Riggs Library will honor longtime Ward 5 resident Lillian J. Huff

DC Public Library Board of Trustees Approves Building Naming

The soon-to-be-open library at 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE will have a new name. At its May meeting, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees voted that the new library would be named the Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library, honoring the longtime activist and Ward 5 resident.

NOW OPEN: Passport Acceptance Center at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The Passport Acceptance Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is open and accepting new passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. 

The Passport Acceptance Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is open and accepting new passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. 

Library Leaders Celebrate Bezos $2.7 Million Donation to DC Public Library’s Developing Reader Program

The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) has received a $2.7 Million donation from Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chair of Amazon, to expand the DC Public Library’s developing reader program, Beyond the Book. Bezos’ donation is the largest received by the DC Public Library Foundation in its 35-year history.

DC Public Library Foundation Receives Donation From Jeff Bezos

Largest-ever donation to the foundation will support new reading and literacy program for DC children

The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) today announced that it has received a donation from Jeff Bezos, Founder and Executive Chair of Amazon to support Beyond the Book, the extension of Books From Birth, one of the DC Public Library’s most important and beloved literacy programs for young children. Bezos’ $2.7 million donation is the largest ever received by the Foundation in its 35-year history.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Receives the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award

One of three projects to earn the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest honor 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has served the District of Columbia since 1972. At one point, years of deferred maintenance had taken their toll on the building. As a result, it was considered too old, too big and too far beyond repair to remain the city’s central library. Now, after a three-year, $210 million modernization, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has earned the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest honor, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award. 

Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance

D.C. Native, and Dance Theatre of Harlem member, Alexandra Hutchinson celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Alexandra Hutchinson grew up in Southwest Washington, D.C. She frequented the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and the Southwest Library. Now a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hutchinson and her ballet partner Derek Brockington perform throughout the District's central library in a new piece, entitled "Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance."

This Saturday at the Library: Michael W. Twitty, Tyler Gordon, 123 Andrés, Black Alley, Step Afrika! and Bela Dona

Reopening events start at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library with more than 12 hours of programs

Last year, the District marked completing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s $211 modernization with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the public was not able to attend the event. One year later, the DC Public Library wants to give District residents and Library customers the celebration they deserve.  On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Library is kicking off a season of reopening events at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library by hosting more than 12 hours of programs, performances and tours of the District’s flagship library. 

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