The DC Public Library Foundation was founded in 1985 to coordinate funding for a mural of Martin Luther King, Jr. and has since secured and administered over $4M in funding for DC Public Library programs, with literacy and children’s programs as key focus areas. Click here to learn more about this mural and its artist, Don Miller.
The Foundation has raised substantial funds to support such programs as the library’s Summer Reading program; “Sing, Talk and Read,” which helps young parents learn the importance of using books to interact with their babies; and other citywide initiatives to support reading and early literacy. In addition, it supported access to libraries and information by funding job clinics, computer training, programs serving the Spanish-speaking population and those in need of special services such as the deaf or visually impaired.
The District of Columbia Public Library itself was created in 1896 by an act of Congress and is dedicated to providing environments that invite reading, learning and community discussion, and opportunities for lifelong learning. For over 100 years, DCPL has played a major role in serving all District residents – from the most affluent to those struggling to survive. The Library is proud to be a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities and elevating the quality of life.
The first branch of the DC Public Library was built in 1911 in Takoma Park. Soon after, additional facilities were added. The library system now includes 24 neighborhood libraries — three of which were Carnegie built — and one central library.
The Foundation has raised substantial funds to support such programs as the library’s Summer Reading program; citywide initiatives to support early literacy, such as “Sing, Talk and Read,” which helps young parents learn the importance of using books to interact with their babies; computer training classes, especially for job seekers; and programs serving the Spanish-speaking population and those in need of special services such as the deaf or visually impaired. Additionally, the Foundation increases collections to help the library provide the best and newest books and other materials and increases library patrons’ access to emerging technologies.
A Model for the Modern Library
DC Public Library Foundation brings critical philanthropic support to DC’s most important community institution.
Ruchi Bhowmik, PepsiCo
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Erin Harkless Moore, Cambridge Associates
Jenny Backus, Backus Consulting LLC
Monica Dixon, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Susan B. Haight (Ex-Officio), Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library
Honorable Anthony Williams, Federal City Council
Bill Alsup, Hines
Jon Bouker, Arent Fox LLP
Susan Lavinson, Pepco Holdings, Inc
Greg Meyer, Brookfield Properties
Myrna Peralta, CentroNía
Astri Van Dyke, Google
Claudia Withers, NAACP