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From the DC Public Library:

“On June 1, the DC Public Library will increase occupancy at all open locations. Customers will be allowed to browse the collection and sit at a table or in lounge areas to read, study or work. The Library will also expand the number of public computers available and extend the sessions from 45 minutes to 70 minutes.

Starting June 1, people will be able to: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Wondering if you can post a question on the site about library access? Wondering why schools and retail are “reopening” but access to browse at the library is still restricted. I emailed the chair of the council cmte yesterday but haven’t heard back.”

DCPL currently says:

“As libraries open in phases, there will be limits on the services offered in each phase. Our goal is to gradually offer more services as health restrictions are relaxed. As each library will require some reconfiguration in order to accommodate the need to social distance, library services may look differently at each library based on the location’s space layout. Additionally, some of the public spaces in libraries may be needed as staff space to ensure materials are handled safely and staff can social distance.

The Library is currently open for limited in-person services. You can visit our open libraries to: Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“The pause on various Phase Two activities that began on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 will end on Friday, January 22, 2021, at 5:00 a.m. This means that beginning Friday, January 22, restaurants can allow indoor dining at 25% capacity or no more than 250 people, whichever is fewer people. Additionally, museums can open, but no more than 250 people allowed per floor and no guided tours.

DC Government services that were paused will remain suspended: Read More

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I always enjoy these end of the year lists from DCPL. What were some of your favorite reads?

From the DC Public Library:

“Reading has long been shown to help people cope with anxiety, learn new skills, make sense of troubling times and practice self-care. The top reads at the DC Public Library in 2020 show customers exploring and adjusting to this year’s events. Below are the most popular titles by type and format.

Top 10 Non-Fiction Ebooks Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-127 to pause various activities in the District from 10:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 until Friday, January 15, 2021, at 5:00 a.m. Additionally, the Order extends the state of emergency and public health emergency for Washington, DC through March 31, 2021.

Even for those activities that are not paused by Order, the Mayor strongly encourages residents to be cautious this holiday season so as to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

See the full order: >Mayor’s Order 2020-127 (PDF)

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From the DC Public Library:

“The DC Public Library has selected DC Central Kitchen, in partnership with Occasions Catering and Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, to provide food and catering services for the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. As part of managing the building’s café, meeting and special event spaces, the group will offer District residents hospitality-sector apprenticeship opportunities.

The $211 million Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization added two new spaces: a 4,300 sq. ft. ground-level café connected to a new outdoor garden space and a new fifth floor that features a 14,900-square-foot rooftop, event space and catering kitchen. Read More

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