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From DCPL:

“Starting next week, the DC Public Library users will be able to visit neighborhood libraries on Thursday mornings and a new retail location, Library Express, will open at 1990 K St. NW.

The changes are part of the Library¹s plan to provide interim services during the three-year modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. While the Library will not be able to replicate all central library’s services during construction, the interim services plan focuses on the services that were unique.

Beginning next week: (more…)

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9th and G St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

As I’m sure you know, the Martin Luther King, Jr Mem. Library closed March 4th for three years, leaving hundreds of homeless without a good centrally located place to go and get services during the day, when the shelters are closed. Would you please consider posting this quick video of protestors outside MLK as the doors were finally closing?”

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From a press release:

“Today, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan announced that the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.¹s central library, will close on March 4 for a complete modernization. Reyes-Gavilan also released final renderings and floor plans for the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and will update the community on how Library service will be provided during construction at a meeting this evening.

Construction on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will start in Summer 2017 and continue until 2020. 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 rooftop event space with terrace. Public art will be solicited for the reading room, the vestibule and the plaza in front of the building. The art installations in the vestibule and the plaza will honor Dr. King. (more…)

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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.

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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…)

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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).”

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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.”

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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…)