George Pelecanos via DCPL
From the D.C. Public Library:
“WHO: George Pelecanos, author .
WHAT: Reads from and discusses his new book “The Man Who Came Uptown.”
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 19; 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Petworth Library; 4200 Kansas Ave. NW
George P. Pelecanos sets many of his 20 detective fiction books in his hometown of Washington, D.C. For his new book, “The Man Who Came Uptown,” Pelecanos was inspired by the work of the DC Jail Librarian. (more…)
4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW
“Since moving out of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in March 2017, Washingtoniana has been ensconced at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square (our original home) and at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue,
Our third and final location (until MLK reopens in 2020) is in a former bank. The space we occupy at 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW was originally Columbia Federal Savings, which opened on January 17, 1977.
But even earlier than 1977…going back almost half a century…the space that our collections occupy was the parking lot for the legendary Connecticut Avenue Hot Shoppes. (more…)
From a press release:
“The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) is once again celebrating Banned Books Week with “Words Ignite: The Literature of Activism”. The month-long celebration features a city-wide scavenger hunt, a special art installation event and the UNCENSORED: Cocktail Party – an annual fundraising gala benefiting the library.
“We live in a world where the censorship of ideas, the manipulation of facts and the distortion of truth compromise our ability to make sense of our times,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, the executive director of the DC Public Library. “Books, fiction and non-fiction alike, have long been an effective and crucial tool for exposing injustice. Protecting the freedom of expression, the freedom to read and the freedom to espouse unpopular opinions has never been more important.”
From September 4 to September 30, copies of six books will be hidden around the District at libraries, coffee shops, museums, bookstores and bars. The titles include “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi, “March: Book One” by Congressman John Lewis and “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” by Meg Medina. Each book will have a special edition cover with the text, “I write to represent…” and spine artwork. Hunters who collect all six books will discover a composite design. (more…)
Connecticut Ave between Macomb and Newark St, NW looking south
Not one but two balconies!! The details: (more…)
“The Mt Pleasant Library is hosting a special World Cup watch party for the South Korea v. Mexico match Saturday, June 23 at 11 am and will be joined by a D.C. United forward, Patrick Mullins! There will be free popsicles, games, and prizes for Summer Challenge.”
3310 Connecticut Ave. NW at Macomb and Newark
“The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, located at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, is being rebuilt. The new library will be larger to accommodate expanded space for children, teens and adults. The new library will open Saturday, June 16. Join Mayor Bowser, Council Chairman Mendelson, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Grosso, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and members of the Library Board of Trustees for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. followed by a day of family friendly festivities. (more…)
Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will via DC Public Library
“Brand new rendering of future @dcpl Southwest Library, courtesy of the good folks at @perkinswill.”
You can read more about the Soutwesth Library construction here.
Connecticut and Newark St, NW
“Some of the features of the new building include:
Warm, wood finishes with plenty of natural light.
A large, dividable first floor meeting/assembly space to accommodate 205 people. When divided, each space will accommodate 100 people. This combined space represents the largest meeting room of any of our neighborhood branch libraries.
A dividable meeting room on the lower level that can accommodate up to 105 people. When divided, each space will accommodate about 45 people.
A 400 square foot second-floor conference room that can seat 10-12 people.
Four private study rooms for up to 4 people each.
An outdoor reading garden that can be enjoyed by all customers.
Two second flood balconies where customers can enjoy reading al fresco.
Many environmentally friendly features — the Library will seek LEED Gold Certification.”
Connecticut and Macomb St, NW
Photo by PoPville flickr user dullshick
From the D.C. Public Library:
“From Ta-Nehisi Coates to Ke$ha, Washingtonians had diverse reading and music interests this year. Of the more than 4 million items borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library, these are the most popular titles by type and format.
Top 10 Fiction Books
- “The Girls” by Emma Cline
- “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
- “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
- “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett
- “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
- “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
- “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- “1984” by George Orwell
- “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
- “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books (more…)
2301 L Street, NW
“The new West End Library will open to the public on Saturday, December 9. The West End Library is the first DC Public Library to open as part of a public-private partnership.
The library’s interior was designed by CORE architecture + design, a Georgetown-based firm. The exterior and the remainder of the project was designed by TEN Arquitectos with WDG serving as the Architect of Record. The 21,000 square-foot space will feature:
· Spaces for adults, teens and children;
· Seating for 200 customers;
· 40 public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access;
· A large programming room for up to 100 people; and
· Two conference rooms to for up to 14 people Five private study rooms”
From Bluestone Lane’s Website:
“At Bluestone Lane, we are very excited to be opening new stores across the nation, with DC being the flavor of the month in December! Our first Washington DC location will be opening on the corner of 24th and L St, sharing a home with the New West End Library. [Ed. Note: It’s 23rd and L]
Located within the thriving West End community, our new store will be a one-stop shop for a catch up with friends, meetings or the perfect place to sit down with a book and enjoy a relaxing break.
We will be serving a wide range of Bluestone Lane favorite items including our premium coffee, wellness drinks, BL signature cold-pressed juices and organic teas. The food menu at this location will include our grab and go items, open-faced sandwiches and gluten-free pastries. We can’t wait to meet our new locals!”
Updates when they announce an exact opening date for the coffee shop.
More photos after the jump including a shot of how the old library looked at this corner in 2014. (more…)