9th and G St, NW via DCPL
From the D.C. Public Library:
“In 2020, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will open after undergoing a $211 million modernization. The building will not only redefine how a central library serves District residents, but it will also celebrate Dr. King’s life, recount his unique work in the District and support the values that made him a champion of civil rights and equity.
“The modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library gives us the opportunity to ensure that one of the city’s most important civic buildings embodies the values of one of our country’s most important leaders,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “When people walk into this building next year, they will be awed by the amazing new spaces and inspired by how our new services advance the ideals of the ‘beloved community’ that Dr. King imagined.”
New or enhanced spaces will add 100,000 square feet of public space to the modernized library. To capitalize on this increase, the Library is developing plans to activate every public space in the building every hour of every day it is open. (more…)
Of course some jackwagon tagged it but still!!
Good thing from this weekend: I finally got my Little Free Record Library up and running. It’s been getting a lot of use.
Bad thing from this weekend: Somebody decided to let me know they were there. Anybody recognize this tag?
– Josh in Mount Pleasant.”
Ed. Note: I was thought this was awesome so I asked Josh a couple questions which he responded to: (more…)
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