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Statement from Richard Reyes-Gavilan Regarding the Death of Bing Thom

I am truly saddened to learn about the sudden passing of Bing Thom. DC Public Library will be forever grateful for his inspiring design of our beautiful new Woodridge Library.  He was a larger-than-life architect that clearly took joy in designing spaces for community. He will be missed. I send my condolences to his family and his associates at Bing Thom Architects.  ### Bing Thom died Tuesday from a brain aneurysm. He was 75. He was the lead architect of the Woodridge Library which opened on September 28. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden Open Woodridge Library

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and local elected officials in cutting the ribbon on the new Woodridge Library. The opening also celebrated a decade of improvements to the District’s library system.

“The Nix” and Other New Books Added to Coming Soon Page

The Washington Post is buzzing about Nathan Hill’s new comic novel, “The Nix.” Hill’s first novel is also one of the new books coming to the Library this September.  To read The Washington Post’s review of “The Nix,” click here

Reserve Your Copy of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad”

The Library has ordered copies of Colson Whitehead’s new book “The Underground Railroad.”  Selected as the next title for Oprah’s Book Club. The novel follows a slave named Cora who decides to escape from the Georgia plantation where she is held. Whitehead's reimagines the Underground Railroad as a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath states where slavery was legal. To read more about the novel and to reserve a copy, visit the Library’s Coming Soon page

Reserve Your Copy of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” Other New Books

Now Library Customers Can Get in Line for New Books Before Release Date

DC Public Library users can now reserve newly-ordered books like “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and be in line before their release date.  

Board of Library Trustees Meeting Canceled

Tonight’s DC Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting has been canceled.  A rescheduled date will be announced in the near future.

Richard Reyes-Gavilan named to Urban Libraries Council Executive Board

On June 25, Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of  the DC Public Library, was elected to serve on the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Executive Board.

Library to Digitize The Washington Blade’s News Archive

Yesterday’s Washington Blade announced a partnership with the Library to digitize, store and make the nation’s leading LGBT newspaper’s full archive available to the public. 

District Locates Temporary Space for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The DC Public Library has identified temporary spaces in preparation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization. The Library is interested in creating a 5,800 square-foot temporary library at 1990 K St. NW. The lease for the space was negotiated by the Department of General Services. The Library Express location would include a computer training classroom; 8-12 public PCs; space for Adult Literacy and Center for Accessibility services; a location for holds pick-up; and a small collection of books.

Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Kicks Off DC Public Library’s Summer Reading Program

Today, Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals visited Hearst Elementary School to encourage every child in the District to participate in the DC Public Library’s Summer Reading program. Strasburg was joined by Gregory McCarthy, president, DC Public Library Board of Trustees and Vice-President of Government Relations for the Nationals as well as Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library.