Happy 125th Birthday, DCPL!

The Southeast Library Celebrated Reopening --and 125 Years-- with a Parade

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On Thursday morning, children paraded through Eastern Market Metro Plaza to celebrate the reopening of the Southeast Library. It was a neat opener to the 125th anniversary celebrations of the DC Public Library as a whole.

Join the DC Public Library on Thursday, June 3 to enjoy a few special activities that will make this anniversary memorable and festive!

Be one of the first 125 people to visit your neighborhood library and pick up a commemorative gift bag, or a new library tee shirt and other gifts.

As you visit and collect Library swag, share your experience by sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #DCPL125 on Twitter and Instagram.

Programming is gearing up again at the Southeast and Northeast branches, so be sure to check out the activities as they resume.

Don’t have library card? Come in and sign up for one, or trade in your old library card for the new library card that features the 125th DCPL logo. You can always sign up for a library card during regular operating hours.

Commemorative 125th library cards while supplies last.

At 5 p.m. on June 3, join the DC Public Library virtually as the Library’s Executive Director, Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and council members conclude the celebration with live music by D.C.’s own Experience Unlimited (EU). Stream live here on YouTube. Find details on the location-specific events by checking out our calendar here.

To ensure the safety of all visitors, face masks are required for staff and customers at all library locations.