From DCPL:

“When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closes for modernization in mid-2017, District residents will have more hours at their neighborhood libraries. DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan made the announcement last night at the first of eight community meetings on the plans for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and for library services during construction.


In his presentation, Reyes-Gavilan outlined the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization project¹s history, timeline and most recent design images. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the Library will become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown area. The building will feature a new, inspiring, and transparent entryway; sculptured monumental stairs; large auditorium and conference center; creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation; ground level café with patio; double-height reading room; large, interactive children¹s space; expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts, and a roof top event space with terrace.

After the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closes in spring 2017, neighborhood libraries which are currently closed on Thursday mornings will open at 9:30 a.m. In addition to opening a Library Express location at 19th and K St. NW and expanding operating hours at all neighborhood libraries, many items that are unique to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and books that are in good condition will be available at the District¹s 25 neighborhood libraries. (more…)


And it’s not even winter yet! From DCPL:

Due to a pipe break, the Georgetown Library, located at 3260 R St. NW, will be closed through Friday, Nov. 4 for emergency maintenance. During the closure, the library will make repairs to the pipe and take steps to reduce the risk of mold.

There was no damage to the collection.”

Ed. Note: Yesterday we spoke about the leaky pipe in Meridian Hill Park.

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From Chipotle:

“Starting today (and every Tuesday in October), anyone who shows their DC/Maryland Library Card will get a free bowl at ShopHouse restaurants in the DC Metro Area (Dupont, Georgetown, 7th Street, Union Station, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, and Columbia Mall).”



You can see renderings for what’s coming to Cleveland Park here.

From DCPL:

“The current building will close permanently on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Construction will begin shortly thereafter. The new library will open in 2018.”

4340 Connecticut Ave, NW

“The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, located at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, will be rebuilt. The Library has selected the design/build team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman for the project, which is currently funded at $19.7 million. The new library, which is nearing the end of the design phase, will be larger to accommodate expanded space for children, teens and adults.

Some of the features of the new building include: (more…)

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From DCPL:

“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.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story written for the stage. Set 19 years after the events of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” Harry is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband to Ginny Potter (née Weasley) and a father of three school-age children. While Harry struggles with his adult life and work, his youngest son finds living in his father’s shadow difficult.

Other big additions to the Library this August include Amy Schumer’s “Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo,” Imbolo Mbue’s “Behold the Dreamers” and Julia Gregson’s “Monsoon Summer.” (more…)

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From DCPL:

“Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
3260 R St. NW

Traditional estate plans account for physical and financial assets, but what about email and social media accounts, digital photos and files, and additional elements of modern technological life?

Join us for this introduction to digital estate planning and learn how you can get started with the process of managing your digital assets.”

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From the DC Public Library:

“Your safety and the safety of your family are important to us. The DC Public Library recently tested lead levels in drinking water sources, including water fountains and kitchenette sinks, in all public library locations in D.C.  The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the testing procedures and results.

During the first two weeks of June, 122 drinking water sources were tested with 244 samples taken from these sources and sent to a lab for analysis. Out of 122 drinking water sources, the analysis shows 115 drinking water sources are below the actionable level and seven water sources at four library locations are above. The seven sources are a kitchenette sink at Georgetown Library, a water fountain at Lamond-Riggs Library, four water fountains, including three fountains in staff and mechanical areas, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and a water fountain at Southwest Library. (more…)

shaw library
1630 7th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Open Stories: Poetry, Murals, and Monuments
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 1:30 p.m.

Open Stories: Poetry, Murals, and Monuments is a living exhibition where participants will experience Shaw’s vibrancy and culture through its murals, monuments and the spoken word of D.C. area poets Rebecca Dupas, Regie Cabico, Joseph LMS Green, and Jennifer Rae.

This participatory walking tour will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will begin at the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library (1630 7th Street NW) at 1:30 p.m. and continue through locations such as the D.C. Alley Museum, Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park, Capital Pool Checkers Club and Ellington Plaza. There will be a break halfway through the tour where refreshments will be served. RSVP to attend the walking tour on Eventbrite. (more…)