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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. 

Library of Congress Magazine Feature on America’s Public Libraries Includes DC Public Library

The Library is featured in the cover story from the May/June 2016 issue of the Library of Congress Magazine. The article, which discusses how public libraries are changing to meet the needs of the communities they serve, includes services offered by the DC Public Library. To read the article, visit the Library of Congress Blog by clicking here

Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan's Performance Oversight Hearing Testimony

February 23, 2016

Good morning Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. I am Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the DC Public Library. I would like to express my profound gratitude for the support you have given DC Public Library and am equally thankful to Mayor Bowser for the leadership she has provided as we transform our libraries into, using her words, “life change centers.” Special thanks to all of the passionate Friends groups that advocate so convincingly on behalf of the Library.

Library Opens New Lab Devoted to Preserving Family Photos, Videos and Keepsakes

Technology and Step-by-step Instructions Empower DIY Digitizing

Not sure what to do with your old home movies, audiocassettes or slides?  The DC Public Library’s new Memory Lab can help. Launching February 20 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Memory Lab is a space designed to help the public digitize and preserve videotapes, photographs and other family keepsakes.  

Mayor Bowser Kicks Off ‘Books from Birth’ Program to Improve Educational Outcomes for Children

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmembers Charles Allen, David Grosso and Kenyan McDuffie, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and community leaders launched the District’s STAR (Sing, Talk and Read)  Books From Birth program at Children’s National Health System. The new early literacy initiative will provide a free book each month by mail to children under age five in the District whose families sign up for the program. The goal is to prepare District youth to start school and encourage more parents to read with their children.   

Chevy Chase Library Refresh

Library to undergo upgrades and improvements

The Chevy Chase Library will close for a two-month makeover at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The nearest library is the Tenley-Friendship Library at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Holds will be routed there while the Chevy Chase Library is closed. 

Exterior of Shepherd Park Library

Shepherd Park Library Refresh

Library to undergo upgrades and improvements

The Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library will undergo a makeover project in the fall and winter of 2015-2016. The project is expected to take approximately four months. The library will close for at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015. It will re-open at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

DC Public Library to Develop Strategic Plan

Seeks Resident Feedback

District residents have the opportunity to help shape the future of the DC Public Library system. Starting this month, the Library will begin collecting input for its new strategic plan.  

Hundreds Attend This Year’s Sing, Talk and Read Festival

The Washington Afro-American profiled the Library’s Sing, Talk and Read Family Festival. More than 500 people attended the day-long event that showcased the many ways parents can help young children build their vocabularies, fall in love with reading and develop the skills they will need when they start school — often without books.   The Sing Talk and Read DC program is a citywide initiative based on research showing that conversations, singing and interactions between parents/caregivers and children from birth build a foundation for learning.